Rabbi Tortures Man To Divorce A Woman
When Rabbis Attack
Who knew Rabbis were hardcore? Just look at how this Rabbi talks about how he's going to force a Jewish husband to divorce his wife:
“What we are going to be doing is kidnapping a guy for a couple of hours and beating him up and torturing him and then getting him to give you the get,” Rabbi Mendel Epstein told his two visitors.
That's some Jack Bauer shit right there. A "get" is a religious document that dissolves a marriage in the Jewish religion. So his plan is to kidnap and torture a man to get him to divorce his wife instead of just allowing the woman to divorce him like normal fucking people. You might be surprised to learn that this kidnap and torture thing has been a problem for quite a while now.
Other documents related to the case talk about up to 20 known kidnappings involving the rabbis, but the original complaint outlines three, including a 2009 incident when a husband was lured to New Jersey with a job offer, then was “placed in a van, tied up, beaten and shocked with a stun-gun until he agreed to give his wife a get.”
The Epstein case brought this issue to the attention of Federal authorities—Rabbi Epstein wasn't speaking to a wife needing a "get," he was unknowingly speaking to two federal agents that ended up arresting him and two other Rabbis on Federal charges and the Rabbis are taking a unique approach in defending their actions:
For the last year, the rabbis’ attorneys have been pressing an appeal. In part, they’ve hoped to upend the conviction by pitting church against state, teeing up a familiar question about when spiritual practice trumps the secular law.
He [scholar Rabbi Breitowitz, who wrote on behalf of the charged Rabbis] pointed to Maimonides 12th century Code of Jewish Law, which states “When a man whom the law requires to be compelled to divorce his wife does not, the court should have him beaten until he consents, at which time they should have a get written.”
So, they are citing deeply held religious beliefs to try to justify kidnapping and torturing a man. This approach, however, didn't turn out well for them…the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled in favor of the Government citing that "Crime ... can’t be shoved beneath the umbrella of religious practice."
I hope this precedent can be used in cases of discrimination of the LGBT and other oppressed communities, as many people feel they can discriminate for no reason other than their religious belief. The Civil Rights Act is the law and it is a crime to discriminate based on religion, race, sex, gender, or sexual orientation. You can’t hide behind your bible…everyone should be held accountable for their actions.
(via Washington Post)