Rabbi Mordecai Tendler Demands Resignation of Rabbis Basil
Herring, Mark Dratch, Hershel Billet and Yosef Blau from the
Rabbinical Council of America as His Lawyers Move to Dismiss
Allegations are described in the motion to dismiss as not
cognizable under the law, ‘scurrilous,’ ‘outrageous’ and
‘calculated to be sensational and damaging to Rabbi
Tendler’s reputation in his community.’ The motion asserts
that the lawsuit violates New York State Civil Rights Law.
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y., Jan. 18, 2006 — 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 Law.
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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