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January 23, 2013

Rubashkin Son-In-Law Settles Molestation Civil Suit Out Of Court After Haredi Beit Din Threatens Victims' Families

Rabbi Yaakov Weiss mug shotHad the civil case proceeded to trial, jurors would have heard details from Weiss' sworn deposition by the family's attorney in 2012. A copy of the deposition obtained by the Times Union last year showed Weiss admitted he became sexually aroused at different times with both boys in a mikvah, a small pool used for spiritual purification. Court papers show the victim's attorney, Richard Ancowitz, asked Weiss if the physical contact between him and the boys was intentional or a result of carelessness. "Um, that was intended," Weiss replied.

Rabbi Yaakov Weiss mug shot
Rabbi Yaakov Weiss

The Albany Times Union reports:

…"He got a very good deal — just as he got in the criminal court," the father of the victim, who said he  reluctantly agreed to the deal, told the Times Union late Tuesday.

[Rabbi Yaakov] Weiss, a suspended rabbi and the former director of Chabad of Colonie who is a married father of four young girls, pleaded guilty in 2010 to misdemeanor child endangerment charges. He admitted the contact with the boys when they were both 13 — and that he told one of the boys to "just say nothing happened" to his mother and police.

Weiss was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

The families of the victims sued Weiss, alleging sexual assault as well as defamation because Weiss had claimed the allegations against him were "100 percent untrue" and the result of a religious turf war. Weiss complained about the civil lawsuit to a rabbinical tribunal in Rockland County, which threatened to excommunicate the parents of the victims for taking the matter outside a religious setting.

One family dropped its suit against Weiss. The settlement keeps the other family from being excommunicated, according to people with knowledge of the case.

Had the civil case proceeded to trial, jurors would have heard details from Weiss' sworn deposition by the family's attorney in 2012. A copy of the deposition obtained by the Times Union last year showed Weiss admitted he became sexually aroused at different times with both boys in a mikvah, a small pool used for spiritual purification.

Court papers show the victim's attorney, Richard Ancowitz, asked Weiss if the physical contact between him and the boys was intentional or a result of carelessness.

"Um, that was intended," Weiss replied.

The deposition shows Weiss admitted he was lying when he said the allegations against him were untrue.

Weiss also said he was "very hopeful" the case would be settled outside of a court without going to trial and that he was "very surprised" the families of his victims did not want to settle it outside of a legal setting.…

For the beit din's threats to have any real meaning, Chabad had to cooperate with it, meaning that Chabad either openly or quietly stood with Weiss – not with the victims.

If Chabad had done the correct thing and announced that th beit din had no jurisdiction over it or over Albany, and had told the victims to proceed with the suit if they wanted to, this outcome would probably have been much different.

But Weiss is married to Sholom Rubashkin's daughter and comes from a large Chabad family, as well. The Rubashkins – despite a long ling of criminal convictions and civil judgements against various Rubashkin family members – are still leading members of the Chabad community worldwide and carry a disproportionate amount of clout as a result.

And in the end, it's only the true outlier that Chabad will support reporting to police or suing in a civil court.

Anyone else has protection.

[Hat Tip: Office of the Chief Rabbi.]

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.....' um, that was intended'.....bc yaakov weiss is sick in the head and should b locked up under careful medical supervision .

I guess he is in the family business, going after chickens.

Why doesn't the government prosecute for witness intimidation, even in the case of a rabbinical tribunal ? Also, now that he admitted to lying, how can a religious tribunal stand by their actions? This is disgusting and shows how amoral, vile and corrupt some in organized religion have become.

This case so closely models the two cases recently handled by the Rockland District Attorney. Settling these cases with a slap on the wrist only strengthens the case to intimidate witnesses. Sad. Luke

of course, their deen theuyroh is that of sdom.

excommunicated from what ? a bunch of hipocritcal arseholes ?reliious tribunal, religious in whose eyes. IN THE LAND OF the blind the one-eye is king.

It's highly ironic that the convictions of Haredi pedophiles occur during the period of Shovavim, the 6 Shabatot when Haredim are supposed to be extra careful with Shemirat HaBrit, a euphemism for guarding the male sexual organ.
In various shuls here in Toronto, there are Hebrew booklets emphasizing the necessity of doing Teshuva during Shovavim, especially for violating the commandment "not to fall for any illicit sexual desire."

Jacob
Thanks for putting the shovavim issue into the mix.

There is also another term that is used. Tikkun HaBrit.. Rectification for sins done using the penis.

"that was intended."

Another sociopath.

They had a settlement offer of close to $100,000, but rightly insisted on going forward. Now they've settled for $6,000. strange.

"But Weiss is married to Sholom Rubashkin's daughter and comes from a large Chabad family, "

I thought that Weiss himself became Chabad,and that he is not from a Chabad family
Anyone know?

Yes. I know several of the his brothers and have met his parents, as well.

It's a large Chabad family, just as I wrote.

And the great thing here is that you thought something again and it was completely wrong.

"And the great thing here is that you thought something again and it was completely wrong."

And
that makes me human right?
Anything wrong with that?

"Weiss complained about the civil lawsuit to a rabbinical tribunal in Rockland County, which threatened to excommunicate the parents of the victims for taking the matter outside a religious setting."

What is wrong with these people on the Bet Din? They are protecting the accused and their little enclosed dark world, with no concern for the victim. This happens time and time and time again, whether it be the prohibition against going to the police, the intimidation of witnesses, shunning by their community or the threat of excommunication from this horrible cult. They are not practicing Judaism, but some twisted culture of their own. They are an embarrassment.

Unfortunately, people who use their own common sense and critical judgment have a very hard time leaving this cult.

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