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October 11, 2013 8:38 am

Rabbis Arrested in Agunot Scheme

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Orthodox Jews in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Daily News – Two rabbis plotted to kidnap Jewish husbands, torture them with electric cattle prods and force them to grant their desperate wives religious divorces, the feds charged Thursday.

Rabbi Mendel Epstein, 68, of Brooklyn and Rabbi Martin Wolmark, 55, of Monsey, Rockland County, were among 10 people arrested in the barbarous scheme with tentacles that ran all the way to the rabbinical court.

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    The Rabbis who do this such as Epstein are not bad men. They are trying to help desperate women who are being held hostage by their husband that are violating the Torah in many but certainly not all cases. The Agunah problem in my opinion lies with the Jewish community in totality. If people listened to the Batei Din and really ex-communicated people who are in violation of their edicts, these Rabbis like Epstein would not have to resort to these tactcs, or at least, would be less likely to do so. The problem is that their is little unity and people are not Yirei Shamayim enough to respect one hundred percent the religous edicts. That is why recalcitrant husbands can often live nice lives while keeping their wives in chains.