The well-known rabbi from Sefat in northern Israel arrested last week trying to flee the country now says all of the accusations made against him by women are “nonsense." Despite that claim, an Israeli court extended the rabbi's remand for eight more days.
Alleged Rabbi-Rapist Has Remand Extended, Claims Accusations By 8 Women Against Him Are “Nonsense”
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The well-known rabbi from Sefat in northern Israel arrested last week trying to flee the country now says all of the accusations made against him by women are “nonsense,” Arutz Sheva reported. The rabbi made that statement after a hearing that extended his remand for another eight days.
Eight women have accused the rabbi of raping and/or sexually abusing them so far and more alleged victims are expected to come forward soon. But the rabbi dismisses all of it as “nonsense.”
"All of that is nonsense," the rabbi – whose name is being suppressed until Israel’s High Court of Justice rules on its release – reportedly told Channel 2. "We will meet the same women in court, they will have to look me in the eyes…We'll check everything on its merits. The days between the 17 of Tammuz and 9 of Av are days that we work to improve on baseless hatred between people."
Last Friday, the rabbi was admitted to Ziv Hospital in Sefat after complaining of feeling unwell. He was released Tuesday afternoon in what Arutz Sheva reports is “apparent good health.”
Before his arrest, a beit din (Orthodox Jewish religious court) headed by the Chief Rabbi of Sefat Shmuel Eliyahu ordered the rabbi expelled from Sefat and barred the rabbi from any dealings with the schools and other institutions the rabbi founded or with any of their students after it head evidence of rapes allegedly committed by the rabbi.