SPRING VALLEY, N.Y., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A motion to dismiss was filed
last week seeking the summary dismissal of a case brought recently in Supreme
Court, New York County entitled Adina Marmelstein v. Rabbi Mordecai Tendler.
The case was previously reported under the headline "RABBI IN SEX-GOD SCANDAL"
written by David Hafetz of The New York Post, owned by News Corporation.
Widely reported in The Jewish Press, America's largest independent Jewish
weekly newspaper, The Rabbinical Council of America, Mark Dratch, Yosef Blau,
Hershel Billet and Basil Herring were summoned to appear before the Chief
Rabbinical Court of the State of Israel (case number: 900008858-35-1) by Rabbi
Tendler on his claim that the organization dismissed him without due process
and his related claim that he was the victim of a conspiracy by the
codefendants in the case, of malicious and libelous leaks, made by Rabbis
Yosef Blau, Mark Dratch, Herschel Billet, and Basil Herring to Gary
Rosenblatt, Editor of The Jewish Week. It will be claimed at the trial of the
case before the Rabbinical Court that leaks were utilized and calculated to
mislead and pressure others on the Rabbinical Council of America to dismiss
Rabbi Tendler from the organization.
The motion to dismiss the complaint denied the allegations and called the
charges "scurrilous," "outrageous" and "calculated to be sensational and
damaging to Rabbi Tendler's reputation in his community." The motion charged
that the filing of the suit was a violation of the New York State Civil Rights
Rabbi Tendler noted that, "The complaint was not even sworn to for
truthfulness by the Plaintiff, Adina Marmelstein." Instead her attorney filed
the Complaint and the attorney attested to the allegations "on her information
and belief" in place of Marmelstein.
Rabbi Mordecai Tendler called today for the resignation of Rabbi Basil
Herring as Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America. He
also called for the resignation of Rabbi Mark Dratch, Rabbi Hershel Billet,
and Rabbi Yosef Blau.
Rabbi Tendler will contend at trial of the issues which are before the
Chief Rabbinical Court of the State of Israel, that Dratch, Billet, and Blau,
while working in concert with a website called The Awareness Center, vetted
the claims against him, and published them on the Internet to give them
credence and then took the claims to the Rabbinical Council of America and
pressured the venerable organization into expelling him by using their
considerable contacts with The Jewish Week and The Forward and by leaking
scandalous information to these newspapers. It is charged by Rabbi Tendler
that the Defendants are still libeling Rabbi Tendler through associates on
various Internet websites and blogs frequented by Blau and his associates.
Despite almost weekly scandal, as reported by The Jewish Press and other
publications, Herring, Blau, Billet, Dratch and the Rabbinical Council of
America have failed to appear for trial before the Chief Rabbinical Court of
the State of Israel to answer the charges. Rabbi Yosef Blau is also the
President of the Religious Zionists of America.
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SOURCE The Commission For Rabbinic Integrity