Jerusalem Rabbi Arrested for Rape Told Women It Was a 'Spiritual Act'

Israel Police suspect that the religious leader assaulted a woman on her wedding day, telling her that it would allow her to marry in sanctity

Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz
Arrest (for illustration purpose)
Arrest (for illustration purpose)Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz

Israel Police arrested on Wednesday a Jerusalem rabbi in his 50s and two possible accomplices on suspicion of raping women in his congregation, following a lengthy undercover investigation.

The rabbi, who worked to make people more religious, is suspected of sexually assaulting women in his community for several years, telling the victims that it was a "spiritual act" to comply to his sexual demands.

The police even suspect that he sexually assaulted a woman on her wedding day, explaining that this would allow her to marry in sanctity.

The arrests were carried out at the end of a months-long investigation by Jerusalem Police, after numerous complaints of sexual and economic offenses were filed at the station.

Israel Police are working to identify more victims, calling on anyone who can shed light on any offenses to come forward.

In addition, the police will request to extend his detention at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

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