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Skverer Rebbe’s Butler Facing 5-10 Years for Arson Attack

Aron and Ruth Rottenberg. Aaron was burned in 50% of his body for refusing to pray in the Rebbe's synagogue.

Aron and Ruth Rottenberg. Aaron was burned in 50% of his body for refusing to pray in the Rebbe's synagogue.
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According to LoHud.com, Shaul Spitzer, 18, who used to be the Skverer Rebbe’s Butler, is facing 5-10 years for first-degree assault in his attack on Aron Rottenberg in May, 2011, in New Square, NY.

Rottenberg, 44, is recovering from the third-degree burns he sustained over 50 percent of his body, when Spitzer set off an incendiary device at Rottenberg’s home.

Rottenberg was attacked because he chose not to pray at New Square’s main synagogue, under the leadership of the Skverer Rebbe, Rabbi David Twersky. Spitzer was charged with first degree arson and second degree attempted murder.

Rabbi Twersky condemned the attack and asked his followers to pray for Rottenberg’s recovery.

Spitzer was indicted by a grand jury last June and pleaded not guilty. But in February 7, 2012, he pleaded guilty to assault.

Spitzer’s attorneys Kenneth Gribetz, Deborah Wolikow Loewenberg and Paul Shectman told LoHud.com they were hoping for five years, with an early release for good behavior.

“We’re appealing to the court and will be asking the court to render the minimum sentence of five years,” Gribetz said. “Five years is a hard sentence for anyone. But for a young man who has lived in New Square for his entire life, the sentence will be even tougher.”

Prosecutor Stephen Moore will be demanding the 10-year sentence Spitzer accepted when he pleaded guilty.

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


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2 Responses to “Skverer Rebbe’s Butler Facing 5-10 Years for Arson Attack”

  1. Third degree burns over 50% of the body is a horrible injury with very serious life long consequences. The victim will suffer as long as he lives (and his life span will be shortened considerably.

  2. William Kohn says:

    Exactly when and in which parellel univerese did "Rabbi Twersky condemn the attack and ask his followers to pray for Rottenberg's recovery." Every neutral observer remembers the absolute lack of condemnation that followed the attack. The only concerns raised in New Square were for the "alleged perpetrator", who supposedly acted on his own. By the way, how do you think an 18 year old "butler" with no formal education, job or means of support managed to retain and pay for his high powered legal team?

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