The Unbearable Banishment: Rabbi Tony Sopranowitz

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rabbi Tony Sopranowitz

Last week I did a post about a mass corruption sting operation here in New Jersey that netted 44 people, including three New Jersey mayors, two state assemblyman and five rabbis who are charged with money laundering. This all came about courtesy of an FBI informant, a rabbi who was head of a sect of ultra-Orthadox Syrian Jews. The good rabbi was arrested by the FBI on bank fraud charges and elected to act as an informant in exchange for leniency.

This past week, the informant rabbi's father spoke emotionally to the congregation about the case. I would have thought the speech to be a meditation on how even men who have devoted themselves to God can fall and a reflection on the corrupting influence money has on society.

Don’t bet on it. The Asbury Park Press reported:

“In what sources describe as an extremely emotional speech at Deal Synagogue July 25, Dwek’s father, Rabbi Isaac Dwek, strongly denounced the act of a Jew informing on other Jews, without specifically mentioning his son.”

Speaking on a Jewish radio program, Sam Hirsch, a lawyer and Former state assemblyman said Dwek “should have been killed” after informing on other Jews.

Apparently, not a word was spoken about the indictments or the crimes committed. As Mrs. Wife astutely noted, “They’re just like the Mob.”

It seems the deeper a person delves into religion and separates themselves from secular society, the more wacked out of their minds they become. They all tell everyone else how to live but they're above the law. And please, spare me your comments about me being an anti-Semite because I assure you I am equally nauseated by the Christian and Muslim lunatic fringe.

The Catholic church committed sins against its parishioners for which they still haven’t atoned for. The only reason they started to address the problem was because enough victims were hauling their asses into court and successfully suing them. Otherwise, it'd still be going on. And we here in New York are all too familiar with what Muslim extremism can lead to.

Religion. Feh. Go with God.


Blogger Leah said...

Damn 'em for getting caught. They've ruined it for he rest of us Jews; now I'm gonna have to find a new sideline...

August 3, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Barlinnie said...

Another nail in the coffin for the dusty relics of all religions.

Let's all go round to Leahs for a healing bowl of her finest chicken soup. So much more satisfying.

August 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many buy into that "conspiracy of silence"?

Humanity continues to disappoint me, with it's failure to evolve.

August 3, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I just get more and more disgusted with religion everyday. Not God, mind you. As my brilliant 17 year old son told me one day, "Jesus and I are cool, but I'm not too cool with Jesusy people."

August 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

Will Leah be putting Matzah balls into that chicken soup she'll be serving?


August 3, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Leah: Have you considered establishing your OWN religion? There are fantastic tax benefits.

Jimmy: That coffin will NEVER be nailed shut completely. Religious nuts have been around since the start. They aren't going anywhere.

Rob: Humanity gets an A+ for effort, but an F for results.

Cat: How did your son get so smart at 17? That's EXACTLY how to play religion. Lots of spirituality with none of the judgment.

Ellie: Wouldn't that be fun to sit around a table in Brooklyn and share a nice pot of soup? How about it, Leah?

August 3, 2009 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Chicken soup all around. With matzoh balls for Ellie.

August 3, 2009 at 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortunately, it's not 'just' religion that sucks (although it does)... it's that 'taking care of your own' (gangs/races/religions/sports teams/et al), when we're ALL here together that gets me. [sigh]

August 3, 2009 at 9:57 PM  

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