Hundreds Show Support for Rabbi After Firecracker Thrown at His Home

Family spokesman says firecracker thrown after U.S. media reports on claims of extortion against the rabbi.

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.

Rabbi Yoshiahu Pinto Motti Milrod

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.