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February 15, 2013

Rabbi Busted For Attempted Rape Of A Minor Plagiarized Talmudic Book, Tricked Leading Rabbis Into Endorsing It

Rabbi Nathan David (Nosson Dovid) Rabinowich 2-14-2013Rabbi Dr. Nathan David (Nosson Dovid) Rabinowich stole the work of a 19th Century Jewish scholar. Here's what he did and how he got out of it.

Rabbi Nathan David (Nosson Dovid) Rabinowich 2-14-2013
Rabbi Natan David Rabinowich

Seforim blog wrote in 2006:

"After I published my book on Saul Lieberman and the Orthodox a number of people pointed out to me that Nosson Rabinowich's plagiarim of Mielziner is more extensive than what I point out. I didn't know what they were referring to since I had the first edition of his book M. Mielziner's Talmudic Terminology, published in 1988 (in my kuntres there is a typo, as it says 1998). Or so I thought. I succeeded in locating another copy by interlibrary loan, and lo and behold, the title page does not say M. Mielziners Talmudic Terminology adapted by N. Rabinowich but it dentifies him as the author. What's even more fascinating is that the other edition has haskamot of Rabbis Ovadiah Yosef and Aharon Feldman. Obviously when the scandal broke, Rabinowich quickly produced a new title page and took out the haskamot (and also added a note on p. xv and made a slightchange in note 2 on. p. xv (replacing "some" with "most".) It is obvious why the haskamot were taken out, since they praise Rabinowich for producing a book which he didn't write. In fact, Rabinowich is responsible forsomething very interesting. We find here the first example in history where gedolim put a haskamah on a work written by a Reform rabbi! Unknowingly Rabbis Yosef and Feldman gave a haskamah to Mielziner. You can be sure this is not something that makes them happy."

Here is Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's endorsement of Rabinowich's first edition, the first edition's title page, and the second edition's title page showing the book is "adapted by" Rabinowich.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef haskama of Rabinowich's book
Rabinowich book 1st
Rabinowich book 2nd edition

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Shows you what these has'kah'mas are worth as well as the worthless ignoramouses who grant them (such as Ovadia Yosef)

With all these arrests of late Yossi Gestetner is going to be working overtime at "Apologist Wine & Dine", the new fundraising catering hall located in BP. Luke.

You need to put a COMMA after the word MINOR. It's not only confusing as it appears, it's saying he raped a minor Talmudic book, which is nonsensical. I had to read it a bunch of times to figure out what you meant.

He lost his haskomahs (rabbinical endorsements) because he was reproducing the work of a reform rabbi (and head of the reform seminary, Hebrew Union College).

I suppose he will get them back to defend him against sex abuse charges.

wisler doesn't come across here as belonging to the wise, but rather to the weasels.
burro, asno!

Saul Lieberman was an outstanding scholar from Slobadka Yeshivah, a student of the Alter of Slobadka, and a contemporary of the Gaon Reb Yakov Ruderman. Lieberman was the Prof of Talmud in JTS in NYC and certainly the greatest Talmudist asociated with the Conservative Movement, when it still had mainly Orthodox professors.

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