Firecracker Thrown at Rav Pinto’s Ashdod Home


rabbi-yoshiyahu-pintoVandals threw a firecracker last night at the home of Rav Yoshiyahu Pinto in Ashdod. The firecracker exploded in the rav’s yard. No one was hurt in the incident, but damage was caused to a table. Ashdod Police have launched an investigation, and Chief Superintendent Doron Benamo, a spokesman for the police’s Southern District, said that all possibilities are being examined, including the possibility that the incident may have been a prank.

Rav Pinto is a highly esteemed spiritual figure who is a descendant of well-known rabbonim on both sides of his family. He is a  great-grandson of Rav Chaim Pinto on his father’s side, while on his mother’s side he is a grandson of the famed Baba Sali.

He has advised many businessmen, both Israeli and Jewish-American, on both business and personal matters.

Though it may be unrelated to the firecracker incident, Israel’s Channel 10 News reported on Sunday that Rabbi Pinto is at the center of a blackmail case in the United States, where he also has a home. According to the report, Rabbi Pinto recently complained to law enforcement authorities in the United States that he was being blackmailed.

It is suspected that a Jewish-Israeli gang has released personal information about the rav and slandered his name in an attempt to blackmail him for millions of dollars. The information published includes the medical records of one of the rav’s family members.

Read more: Israel National News

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