Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Uh Rabbi, that prostitute ... she ain't no lady ...


At 10:41 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

by Michal Yudelman
The Jerusalem Post
January 19, 1996
Parliamentarians in favor of legalizing prostitution may get a lift from the odd case of transvestite Zalman Shoshi, who was arrested on suspicion of blackmailing a well-known Jerusalem haredi rabbi.

The country's most famous drag queen recently moved "business" from the sinful streets of Tel Aviv to the hallowed alleys of Mea She'arim, no less.

Business was so brisk in this neighborhood, Shoshi told police, that he charged clients a mere bargain NIS 18. However, the venerable rabbi promised to pay more, he said.

The rabbi arrived at the police station with a slightly different tale. A female prostitute had pickpocketed him after the act, he complained, and next day a man phoned and demanded NIS 2,000 for keeping quiet about the rabbi's tryst with a hooker in the haredi haven.

The rabbi apparently did not suspect he had been with the very man now attempting blackmail. Shoshi was arrested when he showed up for an agreed assignation with the rabbi.

Shoshi claims the client failed to pay him the additional sum agreed. He called the rabbi to warn him that unless he paid up, Shoshi would tell everyone that one of those highly positioned haredi officials, who were always mouthing-off against institutionalizing prostitution, was himself using street prostitution services.

Shoshi's lawyer, Zvi Lidsky, is now demanding that the rabbi's name be published, just as his client's was. It is intolerable, Lidsky wrote in a letter to the attorney-general, that his client's name was being smeared all over the press, while the police hid the "respectable" rabbi's name under a veil of secrecy.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Reb Yudel said...

Hey, JW:

If you're going to reprint old stories, could you at least indicate so in the headline? Something like:

Flashback 1996: Uh Rabbi, that prostitute ... she ain't no lady ...

At 12:38 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>If you're going to reprint old stories, could you at least
>indicate so in the headline?

I'd love to see the Jewish press do that. Whole newspapers would have to admit they are years out of date.


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