New York Post Covers R. Leib Tropper Scandal

Reuven Blau and Melissa Klein write:

Eww, that’s not kosher!

A prominent Orthodox rabbi has been caught on tape discussing his apparent love affair with a shiksa he was converting to Judaism — whom he allegedly also pushed to have sex with his friends.

Rabbi Leib Tropper of Rockland County is heard encouraging pretty, blond Shannon Orand of Houston to participate in phone sex and actual sex with men the rabbi knows, including one he calls “the Satmar guy.”

Tropper, who calls the woman “darling” and “cutie pie,” talks about his own love affair with her at one point, saying: “I want to squeeze you.”

He also fantasized about rape. “I could role-play a rape with you but I couldn’t actually rape you — you know what I’m saying, darling — does that make sense?” he asks.

The scandal has rocked the Orthodox community from Rockland to Israel, and transcripts of the sex tapes are circulating on Jewish blogs, with the audio posted on YouTube.

The rabbi talks about paying Orand money for a lawyer and a stipend of $1,300 for the month of November. He also mentions putting in writing an agreement between the two.

“Why would you want to document that kind of agreement on an e-mail?” an upset Orand asks.

Orand, who identifies herself on the tape, apparently recorded the phone conversations. “It was only supposed to go to a few leading rabbis,” Orand, 32, told The Post.

She refused to comment further, and later released a statement saying, “While an individual ‘rabbi’ acted in an inappropriate manner, my desire to become a bona fide Jew is undeterred.”

Orand reportedly told a Jewish blog,, that Tropper would tell her: “If you fulfill my needs, I’ll fulfill yours — and you need a conversion.”

The blog reported that Orand’s conversion was to have been finalized last week, but was canceled at the last minute by a religious court.

Tropper declined to comment, but a source close to him said the rabbi feels like he’s a victim and was used by Orand.

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Here’s an interesting comment on the New York Post site: “Shannon Orand had the audacity to show up in temple yesterday. No one wants her around. This is not the type of person we want around our children, or community. Even the doctor she has been dating recently seemed to not want anything to do with her. Its disgusting that such a nice jewish community needs to be embroiled in such a scandal, especially when the woman involved is not even jewish.”

Here’s a comment to Failed Messiah: troppers son who just married is from the 2nd marriage. the 1st marriage dissolved when troppers 1st wife, left him when she discovered he was cheating on her with laurel blond his current wife. tropper then mekareved a model he was dating, laurel blond, and made her his rebitzen. this is the same woman who was shtupping the woman from houston. trooper also has 2 daughters from the 2nd marriage, good luck to them.

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