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    • curbstomp
    • Posted 12/25/2017 06:11 PM
    • Here's an interesting article that was published a couple of days ago in The New Observer:
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      Invader-Smuggling Swindler-Rabbi Freed

      A rabbi charged with providing false identification to 389 illegal aliens so they could work in his kosher meat factory in Iowa - and who was convicted of 86 charges of financial fraud involving millions of dollars - has been freed by US President Donald Trump in yet another indication of his subservience to the right wing orthodox Jewish lobby in America. (...) The commuting of Sholom Rubashkin's 27-year prison sentence followed months of personal interventions to Trump made by the Chabad Lubavitch community, of whom the swindling rabbi is a leading member - and whose most prominent White House representative is Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. (...) searching Rubashkin's house, federal agents had found not only a bag with $20,000 in cash, several silver coins and passports, and a printed out copy of Israel's "Law of Return," which grants automatic citizenship to every Jew and members of his family upon immigration.


      Jews are very happy about this news, according to the following article from the jewish newspaper The Forward:

      WATCH: Jews Are Lining Up In Florida To Thank Trump For Rubashkin Release

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    • Posted 10/17/2017 03:40 PM
    • NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City rabbi has been sentenced to prison for stealing $5 million in funding intended for disabled preschoolers.

      Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Tuesday that Samuel Hiller will spend one to three years behind bars.

      Hiller was assistant director of the now-defunct Island Child Development Center. It provided services to Orthodox Jewish communities in Far Rockaway, Queens, and Brooklyn's Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods.

      Restitution is part of Hiller's plea agreement.

      Three co-defendants also pleaded guilty for their involvement in the thefts, which occurred between 2005 and 2012.

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    • Posted 07/13/2017 08:19 AM
    • CNN)Just five years ago, 25-year-old Abby Stein was an ultra-Orthodox rabbi named Yisrael. Today, she's an openly transgender woman. And she's ready to share her extraordinary story with the world.

      Stein was born in Brooklyn and brought up in a Hasidic Jewish community, a conservative Jewish sect that shuns the modern world. The sixth child and first son in a family of 13 kids, Abby, like all the males in her community, wore the dark clothes and distinctive fur hat of her religious sect, and spoke only Yiddish.

      She dutifully followed the traditional path of a young Hasidic male in her strictly gender segregated community, attending a Yeshiva in upstate New York, and becoming a rabbi. At 17, as is customary in the Hasidic community, a marriage was arranged and she became engaged. At 18, she got married. A year later, Abby's wife had a baby.

      The different faces of Abby Stein.
      The different faces of Abby Stein.

      Though overjoyed to be a parent, Abby says the birth of her child, a son, was a catalyst to confront a secret she'd harbored her entire life. For as long as she could remember, she suspected she was female.

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    • Posted 03/18/2017 01:07 PM
    • http://www.haaretz.com/life/1.777937

      'If (marijuana) lifts you up and gives you something, it's a very positive thing,' Rabbi Jim Mirel says in viral video.

      It sounds like a too-good-to-be-true social media stunt - a rabbi, a priest, and a gay atheist smoking marijuana together, talking about spirituality, and bonding over a shared hope for peace in one eight-minute video.

      But digital content producers Cut have made all of that happen. The Seattle-based company's video, uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday, has over eight million views as of Thursday morning.

      To assuage any doubts about authenticity, it is worth noting that the video's participants are real people. They are Rabbi Jim Mirel, rabbi emeritus at Temple B'nai Torah, a Reform synagogue in Bellevue, Washington; Reverend Chris Schuller, a former Episcopalian rector at a church in St. Petersburg, Florida; and Carlos Diller, a self-described conservative homosexual atheist.

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    • Jock_Sniffer
    • Posted 02/26/2016 12:50 AM
    • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3464986/Brooklyn-rabbi-charged-abusing-teenage-boys-gets-60-days-jail-six-years-probation.html

      . posted:
      A Brooklyn rabbi accused of sexually assaulting several teenage boys was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail and six years on probation. In 2013, Yoel Malik was charged with the sexual assault of four boys aged between 13 and 16. He pleaded guilty of luring a child and sexual misconduct the following year, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. As part of the plea deal, Malik, 36, underwent a sex offender class and other probation requirements, and the felony count of luring a child was subsequently dismissed, according to the Daily News.

      Malik's victims were students at the now-closed Satmar yeshiva in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

      The rabbi was accused of fondling the boys and allegedly forced two of them to perform oral sex on him. A Brooklyn hotel manager said he admitted Malik and a 'tall boy' into a room in January 2013, where the pair allegedly stayed for eight hours, according to Pix 11. Malik was arrested two weeks after the alleged hotel attack by NYPD officers from the 77th precinct in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, court records show.

      Child abuse victims' advocates told the Daily News the 60-day jail sentence was 'inexplicable,' while Malik's lawyer, Rober Bennet-Adler, called the punishment 'significant.'

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    • Posted 10/23/2015 08:27 PM
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agqi6akkc20

      A masked assailant attacked the leader of a Jewish human rights organization during a Palestinian olive harvest near a Jewish West Bank settlement on Friday in an incident caught on camera. The victim told local media he believed the attacker was a Jewish extremist.

      The video shows a masked man throwing a rock and jabbing a knife at Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president of the Jerusalem-based group Rabbis for Human Rights.

      They're just as bad as the filthy a-rabs.

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    • Posted 07/08/2015 07:56 AM
    • http://www.therealistreport.com/2015/07/rabbi-in-ca-demands-amazon-ban.html

      "Monday, July 6, 2015
      Rabbi in California demands Amazon ban "Holocaust denial" books

      In an effort to further intensify the Jewish tyranny strangling America and systematically destroying all of the key liberties specifically sanctioned in the Bill of Rights, a rabbi in Sacramento, California is demanding that Amazon ban "Holocaust denial" books in its popular online marketplace. The Algemeiner reports:

      A Sacramento rabbi has called on Amazon to ban the sale of books promoting Holocaust denial, CBS Sacramento reported on Friday.

      "Blatant anti-Semitism," said Sacramento Rabbi Mendy Cohen, according to the report. "To deny the Holocaust is another mask of blatant anti-Semitism."

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