web analytics
August 31, 2015 / 16 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Rabbi Metzger Arrested, Gives Israel Black Eye under Black Hat

“He is innocent until proven guilty” is one expression. “Where there is smoke, there is fire,” is another. Rabbi Metzger has been arrested for pocketing money for charities. That is not holy smoke.
Police arrest former Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger on suspicion of money laundering, bribery and obstruction of justice.

Police arrest former Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger on suspicion of money laundering, bribery and obstruction of justice.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

Jerusalem police Monday arrested former Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger for the second time this year on suspicion of bribery and of pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars was meant for charities.

Rabbi Metzger initially was arrested and then released under house arrest in June, as reported here, on suspicion of charges of bribery, money laundering and pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Monday’s fraud squad arrest charges refers to even larger amounts of money than previously reported, possibly millions of dollars, that he is suspected of using to fatten his wallet by using fictitious invoices.

Besides being faced with corruption charges, the rabbi now also is suspected of trying to convince others not to cooperate with the police and not to testify against him.

After his arrest last June, Rabbi Metzger vehemently denied any wrongdoing and suspended himself from office. Police at the time also arrested two officials of charity funds after an undercover investigation by the fraud squad.

Suspicion of Rabbi Metzger dates back to 2005, when he was questioned, but never charged, with accepting free hotel accommodations.

That is relatively small potatoes but was enough to prompt the attorney general at the time, Menachem Mazuz, to suggest that the suspicions, even if there was not enough evidence for an indictment, made him unsuitable to continue in office.

Since then, Rabbi Metzger ignored Mazuz’s advice, remained chief rabbi and, if the latest charges are true, really went big time.

The Jewish Press’ Harry Maryles wrote here  following the initial arrest of Rabbi Metzger last June, “After so many high profile people have been arrested and convicted of crimes like this in the not so distant past, I have to admit that my confidence in his innocence is a bit tenuous at this point.

“Especially as he is now under strict house arrest after an undercover investigation and  a 10 hour interrogation. I don’t know what it is about so many high profile people who have spent their lives doing good things ending up as criminals. Perhaps the old adage about people who attain a certain level of power is true in far more cases than we would admit: Power corrupts – Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

More than absolute power, it is the desire for power that corrupts. For that matter, it is the mad desire for anything that corrupts, such as a lavish lifestyle for which Rabbi Metzger is known to keep.

Rabbi Metzger was elected to office in 2003 and was not warmly welcomed by the secular and orthodox community, in which he grow up before becoming under the influence of the late Haredi Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv.

Unlike previous chief rabbis, Rabbi Metzger never served as a religious authority although as chief rabbi, one of his duties was to serve as president of the Rabbinical Court.

Israel has enjoyed remarkably learned and charismatic chief rabbis. In the Ashkenazi community, Rabbis Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, Isser Yehuda Unterman , Shlomo Goren, Avraham Shapira and Yisrael Meir Lau served before Rabbi Metzger.

He could not have filled the shoes of any of them even though some of his supported compared him with Rabbi Lau because of his ties with both the national religious and the Haredi Jewish communities in Israel.

However, having been suspected of accepting free hotel accommodations after only two years in office, he made little positive impression on Israelis.

Regardless of whether there will be indictments, and assuming the arrests on not based on pure fantasy, the suspicions blacken Israel in the eyes of the Diaspora and, even worse, in the eyes of all Israelis who already have lost almost trust in established institutions.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

8 Responses to “Rabbi Metzger Arrested, Gives Israel Black Eye under Black Hat”

  1. That’s it? He accepted free hotel accommodations? Leave the man alone and go after the real villains. The Charedi world has more than enough to offer with far worse crimes, this is ridiculous.


  2. B”H, the Jewish People are coming out of their trance.

  3. Jail is where al the lying false religious people belong. their only god is a gold bar.

  4. Jeff Sapire says:

    Everyone living in Israel has paid bribes for a brit, barmitzvah, wedding and funeral. They do not need court proof to know the truth. After 2000 years we are again suffering from corruption in the "temple".

  5. Jeff Sapire says:

    Maybe we should hire Pope Francis as a chief Rabbi….

  6. Eva Feld says:

    Even Rabbis are human and subject to all worldly temptations. Corruption is shocking and shameful to all of us regardless who we are. Rabbis are not living at the foot of God however many think they do. They are humans, usually male, born of women, whom they do not let to participate in worship. They are only teachers who we have elevated beyond the imagination.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Dr. Ben Carson (left) at the Western Wall in December 2014.
Pro-Israel Carson Breathing Down Neck of Pro-Israel Trump
Latest News Stories
Dr. Ben Carson (left) at the Western Wall in December 2014.

Both Carson and Trump are solidly behind Israel, but their real drawing card is that they are not politicians.

Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

Oregon’s Jeff Merkley announced he is backing the nuclear deal, leaving Obama only three shy of a veto-proof majority.

A natural gas drill rig in the Mediterranean.

The gas field is far larger than those discovered off Israel’s coast and will supply Egypt with gas for decades.

Israel’s Elbit Systems has racked up two more sales, this time by its cyber security subsidiary Cyberbit to a European police force and an African enforcement agency. Elbit, listed on NASDAQ, did not disclose the amount of the sales. It set up the Cyberbit subsidiary earlier this year to include the cyber and intelligence divisions […]

The regime’s Fars [Read “Farce”] News Agency reported that three Israelis and Jordanians were killed.

Jaffa port is a nice little port with a pleasant promenade to walk around on.

Barenboim rejected from Iran because he’s a “Zionist”. The irony is overwhelming.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC chair, allegedly blocked a DNC resolution supporting the Iran Deal.

Dr. Sacks was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, neurologists.

Arab readers of the Arabic version of Aljazeera responded with astonishment at the restraint shown by an armed Israeli soldier, who was filmed while a group of female villagers physically assaulted him during a rally.

Palestinian Arab terrorists shot and wounded an Israeli driver on the road near Kedumim.

Firefighters in Galilee were able to stop a brush fire on Sunday from spreading into a wildfire.

An Israeli woman has allegedly flown to Turkey to cross the border into Syria to join ISIS.

PM Netanyahu told Italian PM Renzi during weekend talks in Florence Israel does not object to a “civilian” nuclear program in Iran.

The car headed towards a group of four soldiers in Hebron, striking one.

The ruler of the Principality of Monaco, Prince Albert II, on Thursday issued a formal apology for his country’s role in deporting Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II.

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Dr. Ben Carson (left) at the Western Wall in December 2014.

Both Carson and Trump are solidly behind Israel, but their real drawing card is that they are not politicians.

Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

Oregon’s Jeff Merkley announced he is backing the nuclear deal, leaving Obama only three shy of a veto-proof majority.

The gas field is far larger than those discovered off Israel’s coast and will supply Egypt with gas for decades.

The regime’s Fars [Read “Farce”] News Agency reported that three Israelis and Jordanians were killed.

Dr. Sacks was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, neurologists.

She denies that her criticism of Republicans wanting to put immigrants in “boxcars” was a reference to the Holocaust.

Iranian President Rouhani said Saturday the parliament should not vote on the nuclear deal so that it will not become a legal obligation.

The airport workers; committees new excuse to shut down the airport is to hold a solidarity strike with the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/rabbi-metzger-arrested-gives-israel-black-eye-under-black-hat/2013/11/18/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: