Several ‘highly-placed’ rabbis have been arrested on racketeering offenses and other charges in recent months.
A rabbi has been charged with raping a teenage girl and a sexually and physically assaulting her siblings in the Petah Tikva city of Israel.
The 42-year-old rabbi not only raped the 16-year-old teen but also molested her 14-year-old sister and physically assaulted her 15-year-old brother.
The victim’s family says that the carnal crimes were all committed inside the local synagogue.
The shocking revelation is the latest in a series of sexual abuse by Israeli rabbis. Last year, a 60-year old rabbi was arrested in Petah Tikva for raping a woman who regularly visited him to get his blessing and good-luck amulets.
Israeli authorities later said that the man was not a Jewish cleric and had been posing as a rabbi.