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November 02, 2011

Rabbi Mordechai Elon Indicted For Sex Assault

Rabbi Mordechai ElonA criminal indictment was served today against Rabbi Mordechai (Moti) Elon, one of the most prominent rabbis in Israel's Orthodox Zionist movement, for two counts of indecent and sexual assault against two minor boys, one of whom was his student at the time of the alleged assault. Elon, who broke an agreement he made with an Orthodox Zionist ethics committee not to teach boys or work around or with boys, denies the allegations against him saying his actions have been "misunderstood.'

Rabbi Mordechai Elon
Rabbi Mordechai Elon

Prominent Zionist rabbi indicted on two counts of sexual assault of minors
Rabbi Mordechai (Moti) Elon, a leader of the religious Zionist movement, indicted for assaulting two 17-year olds, including one of his students; Elon says his actions misunderstood.
By Tomer Zarchin and Oz Rosenberg • Ha’aretz

An indictment was served Wednesday against Rabbi Mordechai (Moti) Elon, one of the most prominent rabbis in the religious Zionist movement, for two counts of indecent and sexual assault against two minors, one of whom was his student.

According to the indictment, served to a Jerusalem court, the incidents took place in 2003 and 2005. Rabbi Elon was head of the Hakotel Yeshiva in Jerusalem’s old city at the time.

In 2003, Rabbi Elon assaulted B., who joined the Yeshiva as a student in December 2002. B. was seventeen years old at the time of the incident, and according to the indictment, he saw Rabbi Elon as someone to look up to. The incident took place following a death in B.’s family.

In 2005, Rabbi Elon assaulted A., also seventeen years old, who was not one of his students. According to the indictment, A. approached the Rabbi for advice after going through an emotional crisis, on the recommendation of a friend.

During hearings at the State Attorney’s office, Rabbi Elon has claimed that he did not break the law, and that his actions were misunderstood. He said his actions stemmed from the love of a teacher for a student, and that they were in no way sexual abuse. The State Attorney’s office did not accept this version of events.

Police recommended that Rabbi Mordechai (Moti) Elon be indicted on charges of sexual crimes in August 2010. Police suspect Elon of forcibly committing indecent acts on two minors.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and State Prosecutor Moshe Lador closely followed the case while the police were still investigating Elon.

In February 2010, Weinstein instructed the police to examine complaints about Elon that had been made public by Takana, a forum that fights sexual abuse in the Orthodox community.

Suspicions against Elon came to the attention of Takana in 2006. The forum demanded that Elon cease his educational activities, and placed various restrictions on him. With no explanation to his students and followers, Elon, who was popular with students, left his post as head of Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem, and moved with his family to Migdal on the Kinneret.

In 2006, Takana informed then attorney general Menachem Mazuz of the complaints against Elon. Mazuz conveyed the information to the police, but decided not to order an investigation against Elon.

Takana said they decided to go public with the allegations at the time because Elon "did not follow the restrictions imposed on him."

The Jerusalem Post's report notes that Elon was first offered a plea bargain. When he turned it down, he was indicted.

Ynet describes the assaults this way:

The indictment alleges that Elon made unwelcome advances at the teenagers, touched them inappropriately and fondled them, all the while claiming it would help their emotional problems.
 
"These acts were perpetrated for the sole purpose of the defendant's sexual gratification," the prosecution stated.

And Ynet explains Elon's refusal to accept a sweetheart plea deal:

The prosecution offered Rabbi Elon a plea bargain, under which he would have had to enter a guilty plea but would have been spared jail time, but he reportedly refused it. The defense claimed that under no circumstance would the rabbi admit to a crime [he says] he did not commit.…

"I never did anything with my students for sexual stimulation. I won't confess to such a thing."

[Elon] added, "My behavior is apparently being construed in a different way to what actually happened. I never harassed anyone, let alone committed indecent acts. The indictment is baseless to the core and I shall prove my claims in court."

What Elon and Ynet do not address is that Takana, the Zionist Orthodox rabbinic ethics committee, found Elon guilty of sexually assaulting boys in 2006, and Elon only escaped prosecution then because Takana refused to fully cooperate with police and Israel's Attorney General, Menahem Mazuz, chose not to prosecute – a decision Mazuz frequently made when the alleged criminals were prominent people, and wespecially when the crimes were sexual in nature.

Elon made a deal with Takana that included moving out of Jerusalem and stopping teaching.

But Elon quickly broke the agreement and when Takana found out, it began cooperating with police, which eventually, after about two years of investigation by police (and a new Attorney General), led to today's indictment.

[Hat Tips: Chozer Lesheilah. Seymour, OMG.]

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He tried being a good boy during the disengagement now he's reaping the reward he was always a government sucker now lets see if his lapdog services help get out of this hole

Why do people in positions of authority often sucumb?
"Cuz I could!"
- President William Jefferson Clinton

"He tried being a good boy during the disengagement ... "

what's the connection?
and by the way, what put rubashkin in jail he sure never supported the disengagement?

in any case, so much for him playing 'rebbe' and holding friday night tishs to his admirers!

Oy, not again!!

@Yosef ben Matitya Whats Rubashin got to do with anything? I was referring to whats know in Israel as Yesh din vyesh dayen there is a judge and there is justice basically a lot of people involved in the disengagement have gotten into legal troubles and or major medical problems

Tell me more about sheynberg. I studied under him.

what is the deal with him?

Last time I was in J-m I was told to not visit him by my former rebbe at that yeshivo.

He refused to give a reason. Just told me not to do it.

"He said his actions stemmed from the love of a teacher for a student"

So that's what they are calling it nowadays.

what will the "rabbis" who "dealt with the issue" years ago now say?

The world as at late 2011 is divided into various groups on the healing spectrum...

(a) Once pure, innocent and free individuals who have been sexually traumatised between the ages of three and a half to eight, who have never perpetrated an act of sexual abuse against a child, who became aware of the problem within and have healed fully and have increased their study further, reinvented themselves by keeping the good bits and casting off the bad bits, who have reached higher levels on the mountain and have an advanced state of consciousness. (The Self Actualized Souls)

(b) Truly pure, innocent and free individual who have not been sexually traumatised and have never perpetrated an act of sexual abuse against a child. i.e. The vast majority of infants, many early children (three and half to eight y.o.) and children (9 to 12 y.o.), some adolescents (13 to 18 y.o.), and an even less number of adults. (19 plus y.o.) (The Pure, Innocent and Free)

(c) Once pure, innocent and free individuals who have been sexually traumatised as a child between the ages of three and a half to eight, are not aware of the abuse and have never perpetrated an act of sexual abuse against a child who have not found safety and have not really embarked on a healing path. (Unaware that they are Unaware)

(d) Once pure, innocent and free individuals who have been sexually traumatised as a child between the ages of three and a half to eight, who have never perpetrated an act of sexual abuse against a child who are becoming aware of the problem within and would like to heal, even if they are not sure of the source of their problems. (Aware that they are Unaware.)

(e) Once pure, innocent and free individuals who have been sexually traumatised as a child between the ages of three and a half to eight, who have never perpetrated an act of sexual abuse against a child, who are becoming aware of the problem within and have courageously embarked on a healing who are more sure of the source of their problems. (Aware that they are Aware)

(f) Once pure, innocent and free individuals who have been sexually traumatised as a child between the ages of three and a half to eight, who have never perpetrated an act of sexual abuse against a child, who became aware of the problem within and have by and largely healed . (The Healed)

(g) Once pure, innocent and free individuals who have been sexually traumatised as a child between the ages of three and half to eight who may or may not be aware of the abuse they received, who have sexually abused a child who wish to change their behaviour and are willing to do anything to help their victims. (The Repentant)

(h) Once pure, innocent and free individuals who have been sexually traumatised as a child between the ages of three and half to eight who may or may not be aware of the abuse they received, who have sexually abused a child who have no interest in changing their behaviour, show no remorse, are extremely calcified and who don’t care about their victims. (The Calcified Ones)

The way to deal with the global problem of CSA is a combination of truth, healing and justice.

Thank G-d, and many people who have helped me, that I am in the (a) group. The (b) group are the innocent base of the Planet. All the other groups need help, and G-d blesses those truly interested in healing and positive actions, but some of the (h) group do not deserve to keep breathing.

(BTW, politics should run on the healing model lines rather than clinical intellectualism or myopic point scoring.)

Take note...The reader should observe these categories closely. I have been extremely precise with the words used and have excluded various combinations and alternative categories for a reason.

To Real Joe,

Your understanding of cause and effect is deficient. The disengagement from Gaza was the right move.

Ultra haredi lite said: Why do people in positions of authority often sucumb?
"Cuz I could!"

No, no, no! You've got this all backward. It's not the authority that creates the desire. People with this twisted desire specifically look to work in fields in which they can gain authority over children.

Pinchus Sheinberg is a very old man who wears lots of teleisei katan'im (tzitzis). He performs this very obnoxious and foolish charade in order to compensate for his ignorance and total lack of purpose or worth. He has the delusion that by performing this very outward form of idiocy, that he's somehow "pleasing God in ways that ordinary mortals are not able" and displaying to the world what a mystic and "lamden" he is.

Your teacher was absolutely correct and gave you extremely wise advice. You are better off going to visit men who are learned, studious, and humble (qualities which are harder and harder to find in the yeshivish world lately) rather than men who put on a big show of their greatness by wearing 150 pairs of tzizis (although the old fool only wears about 70 pairs nowadays since he's a very old man.

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