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With Rabbi Pinto, Are We Blaming the Victim?

Prominent rabbi may have been swindled by aides

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Rabbi Pinto. (Why Pinto? Why not!)(Ozier Muhammad/NYT)

Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, the shady, Lebron-advising, scion of two Moroccan rabbinic dynasties who is likely to become Israel’s chief Sephardic rabbi, is, the New York Times reports, involved in a federal investigation concerning two former aides, who, the rabbi’s camp alleges, are the ones responsible for various financial irregularities with the rabbi’s congregation. One of these two men is P.R. macher Ronn [sic] Torossian, which just makes the whole thing crazier.

At the same time, the Forward‘s Josh Nathan-Kazis notices spending by Rabbi Pinto’s tragedy that would make Newt Gingrich blush.

Somebody, anyway, has been behaving badly.

Rabbi’s Followers Blame Aide for Mission Millions [NYT]
Rabbi Pinto’s Charity Spent Heavily on Luxury Travel, Jewels [Forward]
Earlier: Where the Rabbi Gets His Money
Lebron Consults Shady Kabbalist Rabbi

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ben Dish says:

He howled with the wolves. Rabbi’s should stay out of politics, especially the American celebrity kind. I am disappointed that someone of his stature would handle celebrities and other dodgy dealers. He made a bad call and got owned.

Marc: I think you meant “charity,” not “tragedy” — a forgivable Freudian slip.


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With Rabbi Pinto, Are We Blaming the Victim?

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