Rabbi Yoshiahu Pinto
Rabbi Yoshiahu Pinto Photo by Motti Milrod
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On Monday, hundreds of people came to the home of Rabbi Yoshiahu Pinto in Ashdod to offer support after a firecracker was thrown at his home Sunday, scaring the rabbi and his family.

"The police are definitely taking this seriously, understanding that someone who could do something like this could take it further," said a family spokesman.

The family spokesman said the firecracker was thrown just after U.S. media reported that an investigation was being opened into claims the rabbi was being extorted.

Pinto is known for his work and influence with business and political leaders.