Court bars rabbi accused of running cult out of Jerusalem seminary from teaching women

Three weeks after being arrested on a litany of charges related to his alleged cult run out of a Jerusalem women’s seminary, a Jerusalem District Magistrate’s Court judge on Thursday barred Aaron Ramati from teaching women for 70 days, pending an imminent indictment.

Ramati, an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who heads the Be’er Miriam seminary with his wife, was arrested earlier this month for multiple alleged crimes after concerned parents filed complaints to police over their concern that their daughters’  were lured into a cult doubling as a seminary.

A subsequent joint investigation determined that Ramati allegedly committed financial fraud, gas theft, and numerous social welfare and health violations. His wife and six students have since been detained for questioning, although none were arrested, police said.


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