Testimony emerges against haredi cult

April 14, 2015 01:09


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Parents of haredi girls who have seemingly become caught up in a cult led by Rabbi Aharon Ramati have given testimony alleging that their daughters have gotten married and that they were prevented from attending the weddings, or that their attendance was conditioned on retracting their testimony against Ramati in a legal case currently open against the rabbi.

Ramati runs the Be’er Miriam seminary for haredi girls in Jerusalem, but the most senior rabbis in the Sephardi haredi community have warned against his institution. The testimony of some of the girls’ parents was given to Channel 10, as was that of one girl who escaped the seminary, who said that every word of the rabbi was seen as holy; that the students were cut off from the outside world; and that Ramati even decides when those who are married can have sex with their husbands. Ramati has denied the allegations.

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