Three Arrests Made in Massive Theft at Rav Shteinman’s Home

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rav-shteinmanJust in, 8:02 p.m. IDT: After intensive police investigation, the Israel Police yesterday arrested three suspects in the theft from the home of Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman reported first here on

 back in January. Two brothers, a 19-year-old and 22-year-old of Bnei Brak, and a 20-year-old resident of Modi’in Illit were taken into police custody. The young men are accused of stealing huge sums of money, estimated in the hundreds of thousands of shekels.

The three detainees were taken this morning to a Tel Aviv court where their remand was extended for five days.

According to police reports, all three detainees deny any connection to the affair, but the police say that the evidence shows otherwise. Police also say that further arrests are expected.

The three detainees are described by police as “Shababnakin,” a term used to describe troubled Israeli youth who stray from the path of their parents.

Reports out of Modi’in Illit reveal that the young man from that area has a criminal record. “This is not the first time he has been arrested for burglary,” neighbors said.

The theft in question occurred two months ago, on Thursday, January 14th. At 10 p.m., Rav Shteinman returned from a trip to Yerushalayim and Beitar to discover that there had been a break-in at his home at 5 Rechov Chazon Ish.  According to several sources, at least $50,000 in cash and checks in the amount of hundreds of thousands of shekels –  funds received by Rav Shteinman to be distributed, as he does every Rosh Chodesh, to heads of mosdos and tzedakos – were stolen.

There were no signs of a break-in,  which led to the conclusion that the thief was probably in possession of a key to Rav Shteinman’s home. Police sources also estimated that the thieves, who knew exactly where to access the money, were connected in some way to the members of Rav Shteinman’s family, or at least knew someone familiar with the family, as they knew exactly when Rav Shteinman and his gabbaim wouldn’t be home.

Various askanim have expressed criticism of those responsible for Rav Shteinman’s home for not properly guarding the home of the gadol, especially when he is not home.

We will stay on top of this continuing developing story.

{Yair Israel}


  1. Jew: as always, you ask good. This is definitely a case of mesirah. You are obviously a boki in the halachos, and are aware of the Aruch Hashulchan on mesirah, and the other poskim, and have thus determined that this case nonetheless is mesirah. I myself plan on drafting a letter to the yesomim and almanos who were to get the money, and have them give it back to the ganavim.
    As The Rav always say, keep your feet on the ground, and your nose in the Gemara.

  2. I don’t know the halachot of mesirah, but who says anyone was moser; the story was all over the media. Would you expect the police to ignore it?


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