A Rabbi Who Takes Care of the Needy – and Perhaps of Himself, Too

Rabbi David Pinto built a network of non-profit organizations, but the money raised may have been used for other purposes.

Twenty-four hours before the start of Passover, Rabbi David Pinto paid a short visit to the compound where his institutions are situated, in Ashdod. The rabbi hadn't been in Israel for several months, and at the entrance 100 of his disciples gathered to welcome him. Speaking in a quiet tone, his Hebrew marked by the hint of a French accent, Pinto whipped up for them a cocktail of tales of anti-Semitism and...