Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Indicted For Bribery

YNet News reported yesterday that Israel's former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yonna Metzger has been indicted for bribery, fraud and money laundering.  Israeli authorities charge that Metzger received bribes totalling 10M NIS ($826,000 US), of which he personally kept 70%.  The bribes came, among others, from wealthy businessmen seeking to convert to Judaism, and for other services he performed in his role as Chief Rabbi. Many of the bribes came in the form of donations to non-profit organizations tied to Metzger. (See prior related posting.)