Son Talks Vs. "Incest" Rabbi

By Reuven Fenton
New York Post
March 5, 2009

A rabbi accused of molesting his daughter manipulated his son into making a tape saying he was having sex with his sister, the young man testified yesterday.

"I know about things between you and your sister and I want you to record that for your mom," Israel Weingarten, 59, reportedly told son Yoineson, 29.

Testifying in Brooklyn federal court, the son said his father repeatedly pressured him to help clear his name, even though he suspected that the older man was having an improper relationship with his sister.

"It was not clear at that time, with your brainwashing, who to believe - you or my sister," the son said. "You terrorized my life."

The younger Weingarten said he was so confused that he wrote a threatening letter to his sister, saying he would devote his life to taking revenge on her and her friends because they were responsible for him leaving the Jewish faith.

He said the letter was written during the late 1990s during "the worst part of my life."


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