Chief Rabbi of Israel Condemned for Corruption

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 31 January, 2017

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Israeli court on Monday sentenced a former largest Israeli Rabbi “Yona Metzger”, after he was accused of corruption cases.

The Hebrew reports said that the Israeli court in Jerusalem convicted the largest Israeli rabbi to receive a bribe worth five million shekels and sentenced him to three years and a half.

Metzger condemnation came in the wake of a deal reached by his lawyers with the public prosecutor in Jerusalem was signed last week.

According to his conviction, Metzger received bribes as he was the largest Ashkenazi rabbi for "Israel" between the years 2003- 2013, and he has recognized the charges against him.

Metzger's trial began in March 2013 in bribery cases (eight million shekels or about 1.8 million euros), money laundering and violations of the income tax, which caused the end of his mandate earlier in the same year.

It is noteworthy that the large Israeli rabbis, Yona Metzger spent 10 years in office.

In Israel there are two main rabbis ,the first represents Ashkenazi, who are European Jews, and the other represents the Sephardim, Jews who are the Middle East and North Africa Jews, and the two lead supreme body that oversees Jewish religious services.

Metzger worked as Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, the highest Israeli rabbi faces charges of corruption.