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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chief Rabbinate declares validity of conversions by "Voyeurer Rebbe"

Voyeuer Rebbe heading to the Mikvah with his Rebbeshe shirt

B"H "Geloibt ze-Gut" thank G-d for that, otherwise we would have massive problems... Many Rabbonim are found to be frauds years later, so are we going to invalidate their prior conversions? "Ein L'dovor Soif" this would be a catastrophe C"V..

The Chief Rabbinate declared that any converts who converted under the auspices of US Orthodox Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was arrested earlier this week and charged with voyeurism, remain entirely valid.

The decision comes following a report on Monday that the rabbinate was reviewing the status of such converts because of the revelations about Freundel, but this has now been denied.

The rabbi is accused of clandestinely filming women showering in the synagogue’s mikveh.

According to the allegations, Freundel spied on women in the mikvah at least since 2012, according to documents filed in Washington Superior Court. He allegedly hid a camera in a clock radio and installed it in the shower area of the mikvah.

Freunel denies the charges and has pleaded not guilty.

Under certain conditions in Jewish law, if a rabbi on a conversion court is deemed to be unobservant of Jewish law then his conversions might be invalid.

But on Tuesday, the Chief Rabbinate said categorically that there was no question over Freundel's converts.

"After thoroughly reviewing the various aspects of Jewish law on the issue, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel now announces that past conversions of Rabbi Freundel will not be affected by recent events," said the chief rabbinate's spokesman Ziv Maor.

Maor emphasised that "anyone who goes to a local rabbinate in Israel with a conversion certificate signed by Freundel is not expected to face any special problems whatsoever."

It was Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef who took the decision.

Maor noted however that any conversions conducted by Freundel in the future would not be acknowledged by the chief rabbinate.

On Monday, the Rabbinical Council of America, the largest modern Orthodox rabbinical association in the US of which Freundel was a member and a member of its executive committee, ruled that his conversions were valid and that converts who converted with him "remain Jewish in all respects."

Rabbi Seth Farber, director of the ITIM religious services advisory and lobbying group, welcomed the decision having previously held concerns that the chief rabbinate would not follow the RCA's lead.

"I am gratified that the chief rabbinate has learned from its past mistakes and has reassured those who converted that their status is assured," said Farber. "I hope that the rabbinate will use this as an opportunity to review other conversions which they have in the recent past dismissed."

JTA contributed to this repor

5 comments:

Leopold Margulies said...

Voyeurer Rebbe is even funnier than when UOJ called me the Molester Rebbe for protecting Yudi Kolko.

Anonymous said...

2:21 your not margulies, get a life

Leopold Margulies said...

Vould I ever tell a lie?

Feh!

Anonymous said...

To all woman in brooklyn and monsey and kiryas joel if you went to a -shull- mikva the night before yoim kippur-?? There are a very big chance that your ruv your rabbi. Watcht you from when you entered his building and went down stairs to the -mens-mikva yes and when you did what you had to do because. Most but most shulls have today eyes and hidden eyes in every single room every floor. And even hidden eyes in the mikva because there use to be. Very big problems in the mikvas ((like children got molested)) and we do have sick rabunim to who did put eyes in there mikvas because they are ((sick to)) and by the way. Lots of complains came in after yoim kippur about rabunim((. Who there husbands found out that there was hidden camera's in mikva )) when the woman whear naked and doing the tevilu. Woman be aware never should a woman go but never to a mans mikva never. That's why there is a nushim mikva. Better not to go erev yoim kippur in mikva. Then somebody should watch you naked an especially a ruv or a rebbi of a shull. A woman doesn't belong in a mans mikva at all perid

Anonymous said...

Paranoia 2:16. Get a life.