Sunday, March 05, 2006

NY Post: Rabbi Mordecai Tendler - The Bedside Messiah


New York Post - March 5, 2006

Details of allegations by eight more female accusers have surfaced in the explosive sex scandal surrounding Mordechai Tendler, the Rockland County rabbi who allegedly called himself the Messiah to bed a synagogue member.

The women claim the disgraced holy man demanded sexual favors and made bizarre passes - all while offering them spiritual and marital guidance.

Tendler, scion of a preeminent Orthodox family, allegedly paid off one woman after an affair, advised another to have sex with him to "forget her problems," and begged a mother of five to let him bathe her.

Batye Seigel told The Post that as her marriage crumbled in the early '90s, she confided in Tendler, who she believed could help her obtain a "get," a Jewish divorce decree.

But during meetings, Tendler began "hitting on me, big time . . . He would always close the door and lock it - that is forbidden by Jewish law," Seigel said.

Gillian Sinclair, a former member of Tendler's shul, said she talked to the Rabbinical Council of America - which eventually expelled Tendler - "not to destroy a man or his family but to stop the abuse that was going on."

"He's calling, wanting to see me, wanting to come over, offering to bathe me," she said. "I couldn't say what I'd say to any other man pressuring me in that kind of situation - the rabbi was in a position of power."

New details of the embattled New Hempstead rabbi's alleged sexual escapades with women who came to him with marital and spiritual problems were made available to The Post through notes from an investigation that eventually led to Tendler's expulsion from the Rabbinical Council of America.

The prestigious group of 1,000 rabbis tossed Tendler last March, but has not publicly described the women's complaints, which were confirmed for The Post by two sources familiar with the council's investigation.

The women described Tendler, a father of eight, as a charismatic manipulator who offered counseling, but demanded sexual favors.

He allegedly rubbed up against one woman who sought advice, stalked another who displeased him, and asked a teenager to show him a bruise she had on her thigh. Some of the eight women said Tendler threatened and ostracized them if they refused him.


If you or someone you know is a Jewish survivor of sexual violence (childhood sexual abuse, incest, sexual assault, rape, rabbinic sexual misconduct, sexual harassment), there is an organization willing to help you find resources. Contact:

The Awareness Center, Inc.
(the Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the story has been removed. you should take it down as well.

March 06, 2006 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

b'h' for the New York Post, at least they had the balls to publish the truth. Finally the world knows about good ole Uncle Mordy.

March 12, 2006 7:51 AM  
Blogger monsey10952 said...

Ask Rabbi Tenlder About Mrs. Yenty Frost - His Partner In Crime. The Only Difference Is She Goes After Young Girls. He Knows About Her Wrong Doungs. Maybe He Could Get A Please Bargain. LOL.

March 17, 2006 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't find any record online of anyone coming forward about yenti frost.

Has there been a case there?

July 17, 2006 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well I don't really want my post posted but I've heard of her sexually abusing people but rabbi's saying it has to be kept quiet.

wait till it happens to them.

July 18, 2006 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I can tell you more but I dont want it that anyone can find me.

July 18, 2006 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know of two people that Mrs. Frost sexually abused.

They haven't told anyone publicly cuz the Rabbi's said not to.

Mrs. Frost worked with Rabbi Tendler. He was the rabbi she used to summon other people to bais din for their abusive behavior.

I guess she and Rabbi Tendler had it all worked out...

Pretend you can about the victim then show them what they should never let anyone else do to them.

Interesting, clever way to gain their trust. By standing up for them and then hurting them yourself!

July 19, 2006 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know of someone that was abused by Y.F. She was a shy girl and she took advantage of her. Who can i speak to about this? Can we form some type of group to discuss what we can do to get her exposed.

August 31, 2006 2:44 PM  
Blogger anonymous said...

I know of someone that was abused when YF taught in B.R. She took advantage of her and now she is all messed up. I wish there were others to speak to about this or a way to expose her.

August 31, 2006 2:51 PM  

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