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To Kill a Chief Rabbi

To Kill a Chief Rabbi

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Former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has been remanded to house arrest for another 9 days by a local court Wednesday. He is accused of corruption, for having taken his cut out of millions of shekels in funds that he had raised.

He did it.

The thing is, that’s the way prominent rabbis, like prominent scholars and prominent athletes and prominent former beauty queens have been making a living since we invented fire to facilitate the first banquet.

At some point, the law was changed, and it became illegal for public officials to do that.

A judiciary that was run by human beings would have sent someone to take the chief rabbi aside, tell him quietly that he should stop doing this, and to please give back the money. Trust me, that would have been the end of it.

Instead, the thugs of the judiciary fell down on the chief rabbi like the flying monkeys from Oz, and he will most likely end his illustrious career doing kitchen duty in a white collar prison.

We deserve a less evil judiciary.

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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5 Responses to “To Kill a Chief Rabbi”

  1. so… everyone does it, it's perfectly fine. nothing to see here. just ignore theft and corruption.

    are we not instructed in pashas pekudei that moshe rabbeinu gave a full accounting of the donations for the mishkan? are there not numerous instances and instructions that public officials are held to a higher standard and are to conduct themselves in way to ensure there is no whiff of impropriety?

    so please.. spare we the wailing and gnashing of teeth. stealing is stealing, even if it is "common practice"

  2. Dan Silagi says:

    The guy stole millions. So just a little love tap on the wrist was all that was needed? Maybe that's all that would have been needed to deter Little Stevie Wonder Cohen, the Hedge Fund Wunderkind, from ripping off honest investors. And Bernie Madoff, too.

  3. Forgiveness sets you free!

  4. The law is the law and it should apply to everyone. Regardless of who they are. When Catholic priests are found guilty of molesting children, we don’t say the law applies to everyone except priests. When Aaron Hernandez, a former NFL football player was brought into custody for murder, we didn't say, because he was a NFL player, he can walk. The same should apply here. I am not well versed on the Torah. But, I think it is a pretty safe bet that it doesn’t say embezzlement is illegal except if a rabbi did it. If anything, we should judge religious leaders more harshly because they are supposed to have the training and morality not to do these things. I live in the Philadelphia area and I remember a case where a rabbi was found guilty of conspiracy to murdering his wife so he could continue having an affair. Rabbi Metzger was given a position of power and prestige and he abused these privileges, he should be held accountable for his actions.

  5. Dan Silagi says:

    I totally agree with you. Same is true of cops, firemen, and others who are entrusted by the public, like, uh, elected officials.

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