Convicted sex offender becomes rabbi

Yaakov Yitzhak Rata, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for rape, released from jail and immediately inherits new position from his father, who died during his imprisonment


Ex-convicts are usually sent to post-imprisonment rehabilitation programs, but in Israel such a person has immediately attained a high position – without any cooling-off period.

Yaakov Yitzhak Rata, who was convicted of rape and sentenced to 16 years at the Maasiyahu Prison’s religious wing, was released from jail last week only to become a rebbe – a position he inherited from his father, who died during his imprisonment.

The ultra-Orthodox public is now divided over whether he will gain any followers.

The father of the rapist rabbi was Rabbi Avraham Chaim Rata, who was known as the “Shomrei Emumim Rebbe” and died last summer. He led a small congregation of 200 followers based in Jerusalem.

In order to prevent any succession disputes, the rabbi wrote in his will that all his sons and sons-in-law would take his place in the congregation’s leadership, each in a different concentration of followers. So now his son, ex-convict Yaakov Yitzhak, who is in his 50s, has come out of prison straight into the leadership of one of the Shomeri Emumim communities scattered across the country.

Missed opportunity to gain followers?

Haredi website Kikar Hashabat reported about “great joy in the Hasidic movement” when “the righteous rabbi, Yaakov Yitzhak Rata, was released from a 16-year imprisonment.”

The report added that Rata was expected to serve as a rebbe in the haredi city of Beitar Illit, where the leader of the Shomrei Emunin community had yet to be appointed.

“The rabbi denied the offenses attributed to him and refused to confess to the acts, and as a result even avoided signing a plea bargain, which worsened his legal situation,” reporter Israel Cohen explained in his merciful report. “His father, the Rebbe of blessed memory, had expressed his silent support for him too and believed that he was innocent.”

Talking to Ynet, Cohen said it was unclear whether the released sex offender would turn into a real spiritual leader.

“On the one hand, he and his brothers are not the type of figures that attract believers like the Rebbe was, and he specifically was in jail when the father’s followers were divided between the sons and missed the opportunity to gain some of them. On the other hand, it’s possible that because of his story some will see him as a martyr persecuted by the authorities and follow him.”


Ex-convicts who served with Rata in prison were surprised to learn about the position waiting for him outside.

“How can it be that a person who served a prison sentence for sex offenses is now appointed as a rebbe?” one of them wondered. “It’s amazing to discover how cheap this job can be.”

The former inmates said that Rata did not maintain good behavior while in prison. “Many prisoners did not like him because he was aggressive toward his friends,” one of them said.

“How can a community of religious believers follow a person who was convicted of serious offenses which put him to shame?” asked another former prisoner. “It’s inconceivable that he will now become a rebbe.”

  1. #1 by Blake on 03/18/2013 - 9:34

    Sounds about right. All he needs to do now is deal in money laundering and body organs and he would fit right in with the synagogue of satan “holymen”.

  2. #2 by amerikagulag on 03/18/2013 - 9:34

    Well it’s either that or organ harvesting!

  3. #3 by Patrick on 03/18/2013 - 9:34

    This is very appropriate. A lovely illustration of the foulness of their beliefs.
    Judaism is neither a race or a religion, it is Xenophobic Tribalism.
    A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.
    1. The organization, culture, or beliefs of a tribe.
    2. A strong feeling of identity with and loyalty to one’s tribe or group.

  4. #4 by annebeck58 on 03/18/2013 - 9:34

    The title caused me to think; that’s not much of a stretch.
    Now he’ll have easier access to his chosen fruit.
    Idiots and scumbags…

  5. #5 by Romans70AD on 03/18/2013 - 9:34

    A sex offender becomes a Rabbi, it’s usually the other way round. He’ll be raping, and molesting his way through his congregation without complaint.

  6. #6 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on 03/18/2013 - 9:34

    Figures. Only one of the self appointed ‘Chosenites’ can become a ‘Holy Man’ after being convicted of rape. My goodness!! The absolute twisted reasoning and delusional drivel going on with these freaks just completely goes against all reason, all logic and anything remotely resembling morals. It’s breath taking to say the least. Damn! You couldn’t get worse anywhere in the known Universe! These people are patently certifiably insane and incurably so. What do we do with them once we can reign them in? They must be contained and placed under constant surveilance as to never allow them to contaminate the rest of earthly humanity.

  7. #7 by WIDEAWAKE on 03/19/2013 - 9:34

    @Shadowhawk, or just execute the fu**ing lot of them and be done with it. Their loss will be our monumental gain.

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