Another member of the Abuhatzeira family of Moroccan ‘kabbalists’ is in trouble with the law – this time with the anti-fraud department of Israel’s state-funded haredi-controlled chief rabbinate, which announced today that the kosher certification given by the Chief Rabbi of Ramla Yechiel Abuhatzeira to the Tal Hal Yiska slaughterhouse in neighboring Ohr Yehuda is invalid.
Sefardi Kabbalist Caught In Alleged Kashrut Fraud
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Another member of the Abuhatzeira family of Moroccan ‘kabbalists’ is in trouble with the law – this time with the anti-fraud department of Israel’s state-funded haredi-controlled chief rabbinate, which announced today that the kosher certification given by the Chief Rabbi of Ramla Yechiel Abuhatzeira to the Tal Hal Yiska slaughterhouse in neighboring Ohr Yehuda is invalid, Arutz Sheva reported.
The head of Israel’s chief rabbis’ Kashrut Division, Rabbi Yaakov Sabag, and the head of its Anti-Kashrut-Fraud Division, Rabbi Rafi Yochai, sharply criticized Abuhatzeira (which is also spelled “Abuchatzeira”):
“We wish to announce that HaRav HaGaon [the rabbi the genius; an honorary title given to any haredi rabbi of a city] Yechiel Abuchatzeira[,] shlita, rabbi of the city of Ramle, is not qualified to give kosher certification under the law of anti-fraud Kashrut, in every level of Kashrut, be it regular or Mehadrin [glatt; meticulously kosher], in the city of Or Yehuda for the slaughterhouse “Tal Hal Yiska” since the area is off limits [to him]. Consequently, there is no validity to the displayed Kosher Mehadrin certificate by the rabbi of Ramle. Slaughterhouse owners were summoned to a hearing with rabbi of Or Yehuda before [these] measures were taken [i.e., this announcement was made].”
Chief Rabbi of Or Yehuda Rabbi Zion Cohen had lowered the slaughterhouse’s certification level to standard kosher from mehadrin two weeks ago due to problems in the slaughterhouse operation.
But within an hour of releasing a letter announcing the change, the slaughterhouse was given highest mehadrin level certification by Abuchatzeira without the permission of the Israel’s Chief Rabbinate or Cohen.
The extended Abuhatzeira family has been riddled with corruption and scandal, with various high profile rabbinic members caught in massive tax evasion schemes and money laundering.
One leading member, Rabbi Baruch Abuhatzeira, was murdered by a follower almost three years ago after promising the follower that his blessing for him would come true if the follower donated a large sum of money to Abuhatzeira’s charities. The follower donated the money but, like many before him, discovered that Abuhatzeira’s blessing was not fulfilled. When Abuhatzeira would not return the money or help the follower financially, the follower murdered the rabbi. At his death, Abuhatzeira was allegedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars, all allegedly earned’ by deceiving followers.
Another Abuhatzeita family member, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, is about to be put on trial with his wife for alleged money laundering, fraud and the attempted bribery of a senior police officer. One of Pinto’s charities was also caught stealing large food donations meant for Holocaust survivors and selling them on the gray market. The charity’s leaders pocked the cash for their own personal use. Pinto’s wife attempted suicide after the allegations were made public. The Pinto’s are also said to be under criminal investigation in the US for silimar alleged crimes.
Besides serving as chief rabbi of Ramla, Yechiel Abuhatzeira promotes himself as a miracle worker.