Rabbi and two others convicted for torturing husbands in Jewish divorce scam

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Lakewood Rabbi Mendel Epstein arrives at the Federal Courthouse as closing arguments in the case get underway. Photo by Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Lakewood Rabbi Mendel Epstein arrives at the Federal Courthouse as closing arguments in the case get underway. Photo by Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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TRENTON, N.J. -- FBI agents secretly recorded conversations in which Rabbi Mendel Epstein boastfully claimed that his "team" kidnaps and beats husbands until they agree to give their wives religious divorces, known as gets.

  • You gets what you gives.

  • Larry

    Part of me condemns these rabbis for abduction and torture in order to coerce religious divorces. Rule of law and whatnot.

    The other part of me is rather amused by the story. Had these husbands not been such raging coercive d-bags about divorce, the “market” for such services the rabbis were providing, would never have arisen.

    Atheist Max would have a field day with this story. If not for the ridiculous and arbitrary rules of the ultra-orthodox Jewish faith, this story would never have happened.

  • Garson Abuita

    As bad as this was, it wasn’t a “scam” if no fraud took place. Everyone was honest with each other. Give your wife a get or we break your kneecaps.
    If this outrageous story helps even one agunah, a “chained woman” whose husband refuses to give her a get, it will be for good.

  • STEVE

    Lets hope the judge the right thing and
    sentence them to life in prison
    This was all about money.
    These rabbis just ripped off the
    ladies that were seeking their help.

  • WILLIAM

    Hopefully, the judge will sentence Phoney
    rabbi Mandel Espstein to life in prison.
    He is a con man.
    This was not about a GET
    it was all about money.
    It is a shame that he will be given
    kosher food in prison
    Let him eat what all the other inmates
    eat.