Rabbi tortured Jewish husbands to force divorce

NY Daily News:

Brooklyn rabbi tortured Jewish husbands with cattle prod to force divorce

Two rabbis plotted to kidnap Jewish husbands, torture them with electric cattle prods and force them to grant their desperate wives religious divorces, the feds charged Thursday.

Rabbi Mendel Epstein, 68, of Brooklyn and Rabbi Martin Wolmark, 55, of Monsey, Rockland County, were among 10 people arrested in the barbarous scheme with tentacles that ran all the way to the rabbinical court.

According to traditional Jewish law, only men can initiate divorce, which has led to the phenomenon of Agunot – literally “chained women” — wives who are separated from their spouse but cannot receive a religious divorce, because the husband refuses for various reasons to provide a get, the official divorce document.
 (http://www.timesofisrael.com/ultra-orthodox-divorce-extortion-ring-busted-in-upstate-new-york/)

Epstein is accused of running an unholy crew that charged women trapped in marital limbo $70,000 to $100,000 to strong-arm their stubborn husbands into granting a Jewish divorce known as a “get,” a criminal complaint reveals.

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