Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Four men in New Jersey – including at least two rabbis – have been accused of using force and intimidation to compel reluctant men to grant their wives religious divorces.
Rabbis Mendel Epstein and Martin Wolmark will answer conspiracy charges in Federal court, according to ABC News
According to the FBI, the rabbis deployed men who were armed with cattle prods, karate, handcuffs, and plastic bags to force men to grant their wives divorces.
In the Orthodox Jewish community, a woman must receive an official document – or “get” – from her husband in order to divorce.
Two other men – Ariel Potash and Fnu Lnu – were accused of helping the rabbis.
FBI agents raided the Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Suffern, N.Y., on Wednesday night. They loaded equipment into several unmarked cars.
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