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3 Rabbis Convicted Of Kidnapping, Torturing Orthodox Jewish Men Into Granting Divorces

TRENTON, N.J. — Three rabbis were convicted in federal court Tuesday of conspiring to kidnap Jewish men in order to force them to grant their wives divorces. Read more

Rabbi Mendel Epstein’s Attorneys Ask For Mistrial, Judge Says No

TRENTON, N.J. – A federal judge has rejected a request by defense lawyers to declare a mistrial in the case of an Orthodox rabbi accused in New Jersey of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives. Read more

Still No Verdict In Rabbi Mendel Epstein Trial

TRENTON, N.J. — Jury deliberations will continue Tuesday in the federal case of an Orthodox rabbi accused in New Jersey of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives. Read more

Facebook Post Helps ‘Chained’ Woman Win Her Freedom

Madness,” declared the Facebook post written by Jewish women’s activist, rabbinic pleader and writer Rivkah Lubitch on a Hebrew-language Facebook group devoted to the treatment of women in religious Jewish law. Read more

No Verdict Yet In Rabbi Mendel Epstein Get Extortion Trial

Jurors in the trial of a Lakewood rabbi accused of arranging the kidnapping and torture of husbands to extract religious divorces completed their first full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict on Thursday. Read more

Defense: Rabbi Mendel Epstein Exaggerating About Tasers, kidnapping

TRENTON – The federal kidnapping case against the Lakewood rabbi dubbed “The Prodfather” lacks a critical piece of evidence, his attorney told the jury Tuesday: an actual cattle prod. Read more

Feds Dismiss One Kidnapping Count In Rabbi Mendel Epstein Trial

Federal prosecutors in the conspiracy and kidnapping trial of a Lakewood rabbi on Monday dismissed one of the charges in a case alleging the religious leader arranged for Orthodox Jewish husbands to be held and tortured until they gave their wives religious divorces. Read more

Fighting To Be Free: Orthodox Jewish Women Will Fight For A ‘Get’

“Basically, 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 the get,” Rabbi Mendel Epstein told two potential clients. Read more

Agunah of 28 Years Granted Divorce Two Days Before Passover

Raya Dinenberg’s husband disappeared in 1987 and could not be found; She was defined as an ‘agunah’ by the rabbinical court and could not remarry. Read more

Rabbi Mendel Epstein Son Wasn’t Involved In Forced Divorce

TRENTON —The son of a Lakewood rabbi accused of arranging the beatings of men who wouldn’t give their wives religious divorces was in a meeting in Ohio when one of the attacks occurred, a business associate told jurors in an ongoing federal kidnapping and conspiracy trial. Read more