Three Orthodox rabbis — Mendel Epstein (shown right), Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, and Martin Wolmark — are under arrest this week for allegedly plotting kidnappings and beatings of Jewish men to get them to consent to religious divorces. They allegedly hired out to women who wanted a religious divorce but saw nothing immoral about kidnapping and beating their husbands to achieve it. So far a total of four people have been arrested.
Orthodox rules allow only a man to initiate a divorce. Accordingly, men can demand large sums of money to secure a “get.” The rabbis allegedly demanded tens of thousands of dollars to kidnap and beat husbands to get them to consent to divorces. This included the use of electric cattle prods, plastic bags over heads and other forms of torture.
What is astonishing is that the means of obtaining a moral divorce is entirely immaterial to these people. It is quite an industry for Rabbis who can operate a cattle prod. One report states that Epstein could make $100,000 for a single “get.”
Epstein is quoted as the man with the cattle prod, explaining ““If it can get a bull that weighs 5 tons to move. . . you put it in certain parts of his body and in one minute, the guy will know.”