"A guiding hand has caused the complainants to complain against me; today is a holiday and the truth will come out.…One thing leads to another and one complainant comes forward, then another admits she was forced into saying what she said. Things will become clearer soon.”
Above: Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg
All 13 Women Who Claim I Raped Or Abused Them Were Forced To Lie About Me By An Unnamed Conspiracist, Rabbi-Kabbalist Says
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Ezra Sheinberg, the prominent Zionist Orthodox yeshiva dean and kabbalist accused by at least 13 women of rape and sexual abuse, now blames allegedly coerced confessions for his troubles, Arutz Sheva reported today.
"A guiding hand has caused the complainants to complain against me; today is a holiday and the truth will come out.…One thing leads to another and one complainant comes forward, then another admits she was forced into saying what she said. Things will become clearer soon,” Sheinberg said Tuesday afternoon during a court hearing in the northern Israeli city of Sefat where he was based until being arrested trying to flee the country 20 days ago.
The court celebrated Sheinberg’s “holiday” by extending his remand detention for another three days.
Sheinberg also denied claims reportedly made by his jail guards that Sheinberg had threatened them with kabbalistic curses. Sheinberg also told the court he thanks the guards for the good treatment he has received. The Israel Prisons Authority is investigating the alleged threats.
Before Sheinberg tried to flee the country, a beit din (Orthodox religious court) headed by the Chief Rabbi of Sefat Shmuel Eliyahu heard evidence against Sheinberg – a business partner of Eliyahu’s – and banished Sheinberg from Sefat and from teaching or playing any public rabbinic role. During the beit din proceedings, Eliyahu says Sheinberg admitted having sex with women he is not married to, including the first alleged victims to come forward, but claimed the sex was consensual.
At first, Eliyahu and his beit din viewed Sheinberg’s conduct as moral lapses, not coerced sex and crimes.
But after Sheinberg violated his agreement with Eliyahu’s beit din and continued to play a public rabbinic role, Eliyahu finally said he realized Sheinberg was a criminal, not just a cad – although others believe Eliyahu simply stopped covering up for his former friend.
For his part, Sheinberg said almost two weeks ago that his alleged victims claims are "nonsense." At the time, there were six victims who had come forward to file criminal complaints with police. Now there are a total of 13 women who have done so, and even this large number is thought likely to rise before Sheinberg’s trial begins.
Also, last week as Sheinberg’s remand detention was being extended, the judge noted that damning physical evidence against Sheinberg had now been added to the evidence against Sheinberg.
Among the ploys Sheinberg allegedly used to trick women into having sex with him, the married father of 8 children allegedly told desperate infertile women that having sex with him was a kabbalistic fertility treatment that would bring them children with their husbands.
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