Rabbi ‘raped female followers after claiming he had special powers to mend impurities’


A rabbi and charity chief has been charged with the rape of seven of his followers after claiming he might “purify” them of their sins.

And he additionally defrauded the ladies of a considerable sum of money, police have mentioned.

Rabbi Moshe Yazdi, 59, has been the rabbi of the Amudei Hashalom neighborhood in Jerusalem, the place he additionally ran a non-profit charity.

But it surely now seems that the once-respected rabbi has allegedly been committing heinous acts for greater than a decade – and was arrested on April 27.

In accordance to the Occasions of Israel, the rabbi was indicted Monday for rape, sodomy and indecent assault by fraud.

The assaults on the ladies allegedly happened throughout his each day classes.



The rabbi was said to have used his position of power to subject female followers to rape
The rabbi was mentioned to have used his place of energy to topic female followers to rape

Making the most of those that have been new to the extra orthodox facet of the faith, he allegedly advised them to “surrender mental thought or private emotions” to enable them to “submit” to his will.

The indictment additionally acknowledged that he satisfied his victims that their sins left “sparks of impurity” inside them, and solely sexual acts with him would take away them.

It’s claimed that Yazdi even dedicated the acts of rape to some ladies on their very own marriage ceremony days, telling them that they had “special souls” and that they may not inform anybody what had occurred.

A number of 1000’s of Israeli shekels have been put into varied financial institution accounts within the names of different folks too, it’s claimed.



He had been rabbi of the small community for more than 25 years
He had been rabbi of the small neighborhood for greater than 25 years

His most up-to-date assault was alleged to have taken place round a 12 months and a half in the past.

In accordance to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Yazdi was banned by a rabbinic court docket from instructing, assembly with or advising ladies in 2004 after complaints in opposition to him had arisen then.

In essentially the most ultra-orthodox sections of Jewish communities, the rabbinic courts are used greater than secular courts – though they haven’t any energy to arrest or put anybody in jail.



He was arrested last month by Israeli police
He was arrested final month by Israeli police

It’s felt that the extra spiritual members would observe the phrase of an eminent rabbi, as a substitute of police – however this didn’t occur in Yazdi’s case.

The UK does have a British Mates of Amude Hashalom charity – with branches in Barnet and Hackney, in addition to Israel, and the Every day Star has reached out to them for a remark.

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