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Tue, Jul. 14th, 2009, 04:39 pm

This story with a Yeshiva student who ran this cashier over with his car is getting uglier every day. Did you know that the giyur of this cashier, which she had undergone a few years ago, was cancelled by our rabbinate?

And also that the story only surfaces now, when the candidacy of the judge who gave this ruling is being considered for the high court, with the ruling having been given quite some time ago, says a lot about our whole court system.

For the record, the name of this yeshiva student was, apparently, published in earlier court documents.


Tue, Jul. 14th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)


Tue, Jul. 14th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)

in 2006 a haredi yeshiva student tried to leave a parking lot of a supermarket without paying for what he bought or the parking. a cashier tried to stop him by standing in front of his car. he drove onto her, then for some 20 meters more with her on the bumper until she fell of, ran her over with the car, left her lying on the highway and drove off. the cashier in question suffered multiple injuries including injuries to the head and was in the hospital for a month (not to mention that only through immense luck she wasn't run over again by cars driving on the highway).

he was charged of course; he lied to the police at first denying all of the above until presented with evidence from the security cameras, then he admitted his guilt.

the judge on his trial, however, decided to be lenient in his verdict towards this man and sentenced him to 1. 180 hours of community service and 2. a compensation of 10000nis to the cashier in question (about $2500) and 3. no criminal conviction. he wrote a 320 page verdict explaining his decision, those pages boiling down to:

1. that he "has admitted his guilt, regrets what he had done and has repented"
2. that this is his first offense and
3. that he intends in the future to serve as a dayan (rabbinical judge) in a rabbinical court and a criminal conviction.

it turns out this man's father is a chief rabbi of some city and has connections, so this judge was pressured by the chief sephardic rabbi of israel and a minister from some religious party to not convict the man.

this verdict has been given some time ago-- a couple of years in fact; the man since served his sentence; however the whole affair only surfaced out now when the judge who gave the verdict became a candidate for supreme court. those aren't pursuing great justice either, but since the supreme court judges in israel lean towards the political left and this judge was religious and right-winged, they dug up the story _now_ so as to prevent him from taking the position.

and it's getting uglier by the day.

and also, "coincidentally" the cashier in question got a notice a few days ago that her conversion to judaism that she had done a few years ago was rendered invalid by the rabbinical court due to something they had "discovered" now.

link, link, link and finally link

Tue, Jul. 14th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)

In US the community can get rid of its rabbi. How is it in Israel?

Tue, Jul. 14th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)

In Israel it's insane crap. See this wikipedia article, section on "Status quo" as well as the whole of the rest of this article. Also see this article.

Wed, Jul. 15th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)

My condolences.