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6 Months Community Service to Rabbi Motti Elon for Sex Abuse

The judge said Elon's behavior was "illegitimate" – even according to his own stated standards.
Rabbi Motti Elon

Rabbi Motti Elon
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Rabbi Motti Elon, son of late Chief Justice Menachem Elon and until a few years ago a prominent leader in the National Religious world in Israel, was convicted Wednesday of 2 counts of sex abuse of a minor. He was sentenced to six months community service, six months’ probation, and 10,000 shekel ($2,850) in damages to the victim.

Judge Hagit Mak Kalmanovich, vice-president of the Jerusalem District Magistrate Courts initially wanted to sentence Elon to six months in prison, but finally acquiesced to a plea from his attorney.

The judge said that Elon’s behavior on several occasions was “illegitimate” – even according to his own stated standards, and that the explanations he provided “did not hold water.”

Rabbi Elon told Israeli radio that he accepts happily his community service verdict, noting that he had been engaged in community service for the past 40 years, and hopes to continue until age 120.

He insisted that his conviction was based on lies. Asked if he was planning to appeal the decision, he said he would follow only the view of the Torah (Da’at Torah, a term that can mean his own view or his religious teacher’s view, or the Torah establishment’s view).

Elon’s attorney, Asher Ohayon, said he and senior jurists are convinced that there should be an appeal of today’s verdict, as it is full of errors, many of them may not be publicized because of a partial court gag order.

The state attorney, Saggi Offir, said the prosecution does not belittle the community service punishment. He said he was hoping it would serve as a warning to violators and a note of hope to potential victims.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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17 Responses to “6 Months Community Service to Rabbi Motti Elon for Sex Abuse”

  1. give him jail where he belongs

  2. Not enough. More was abused than sex.

  3. THATS ALL ???? SHAME SHAME SHAME XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  4. Tany Berman says:

    take away his ordination and put him in a prison with 6'5 300 lb tatooted gay guys and see how he likes it then

  5. I guess we’re not perfect. 6 months is not enough.

  6. Joseph Sanchez says:

    This is not JUSTCE! This is not even a slap on the wrist BUT A SLAP ON THE FACE TO THE VICTIM!!! NOW what would GOD really say or do???

  7. Joseph Sanchez says:

    I am sorry to say but it seems that your corrupt justice system IS NO BETTER than the U.S.A. corrupt court system. I though you knew better!!!

  8. Joseph Sanchez says:

    All eyes are upon Israel! As a CHRISTIAN I had high hopes that ISREAL was above and beyond. I had HIGH hopes that ISRAEL would recognize evil and remove it! But as an American Christian I see that you are just as human and no better than anyone else on this planet! Though I will love you and pray for you,. PLEASE STAND AND LEAD THE WAY TO RIGHTOUSNESS!

  9. Leo Erwin says:

    SO….EVEN HERE IN AMERICA THE GUILTY ARE SWEETEN BY MORONIC LAWYERS AND JUDGES….SO WHY NOT ISRAEL…BE HAPPY HE DIDN'T KILL ANY ONE…AND MAYBE THE VICTIMS SHOULD GET FRIENDLY AND TICKLE THE OLD KODGGER TO DEATH…..REVENGE OF THE SWEET KIND…..MOST OF SOCIETY IS MALFUNCTIONING….

  10. Shameful. Sex abuse scars you for life. He should have gone to prison.

  11. Leo Erwin says:

    ANOTHER ISSUE….WHAT DID HE DO…ALL IT SEZ IS ABUSE..AND ADD THE WORD SEX….WELL, HELL, THAT CAN MEAN ANYTHING BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS…HALF INFORMATION GETS NOWHERE, AND THIS REPORTER NEEDS TO REVIEW HIS WORK…..FOR SO MANY YEARS A JOURNALIST…HE IS DREK…

  12. Boris Moyse says:

    Do all of you people even know all the details of the case, and you've already taken up the position to judge this person??? What is wrong with this picture?

  13. He’s a monster and everyone should be warned about this monster, he should have went to prison. He will do this again

  14. Chinese says:

    Before God choose Jacob (Israel) who God knew better than anyone that Jacob is one of the most unlovable person. Human nature wise No different than other nations, all have a sinful nature, but the vital different is the God have chosen Jacob.

    please read this article carefully which says that senior jurists are convinced that this conviction is FULL of errors.

    I am not surprised it is a set up, particularly if the victims are not Jewish.

    the whole world is turing against Jewish people and Israel.

    please do not defame your own till thing are clear.

  15. Chinese says:

    If he does not genuinely love his community how can he had served his community for 40 years. You try it for four months.

  16. someone like him is not deserving of the title rabbi. give me a break! the jp should know better!!! i take issue with the first word of the article!

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