Congregants Stand By Randy Rabbi

As I pointed out in my previous post, Rabbi Marc Schneier was not engaged in illicit behavior when he was photographed in Israel kissing a comely speech pathologist not his wife.

Rather, the good rabbi was engaging in routine and wholly appropriate speech training and did not enjoy it one bit. The rabbi was learning to enunciate more clearly so he could better teach the Torah.

If, and I do not believe for a second that this is true, the rabbi was doing something wrong, it is only because he is sick and needs help. Instead of castigating him, we should be encouraging his personal growth. Science shows us that promiscuity is not a moral failing as much as a genetic predisposition. I don’t know why G-d would program some men to want to bang as many hot chicks as they can and then condemn them for adultery. This makes no sense. It is a real dilemma for a very religious man such as myself to understand why a compassionate and loving G-d would make such a world.

Frankly, I don’t see the appeal in multiple sex partners. I would much rather spend my energies studying Talmud and listening to the Miami Boys Yeshiva choir.

It truly pains me to read lashon hara about holy rabbis in the goyisha press. However, if I can use this sad occasion to create a teachable moment, then it will not have been in vain, and who knows, I might even get a wife out of all this.

When he was Yeshiva University, Marc Schneier used to describe himself as a “future Jewish leader.”

The New York Daily News reports:

A randy rabbi accused of cheating on wife No. 4 was back before his Hamptons congregation Saturday, heading a Sabbath service before bolting from the synagogue.

While Rabbi Marc Schneier had no comment on his brewing scandal, worshipers at The Hampton Synagogue defended their hot-to-trot leader.

“Rabbis are human beings,” said Marshal Weintraub, a 71-year-old retiree and member of the Westhampton Beach synagogue.

“They’re susceptible to temptation like everybody else – maybe more so,” he continued. “Rabbis cheating on their wives? That’s nothing new in the Jewish religion.”

During the service, there was a mention of the exclusive Daily News report about the oft-wed Schneier’s canoodling with a female congregation member during a trip to Israel.

“Whatever you do today, don’t read the paper,” one member of the congregation quoted another rabbi as saying.

The rabbi’s wife, Tori Rubinstein-Schneier, claims in court papers that the woman caught in an overseas clench with her husband is now pregnant with his child.

Speech pathologist Gitty Leiner, the accused other woman, is a member of the synagogue founded by Schneier in 1990.

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Lightning says: If this is the worst of it, so be it. As a black man, I’d rather hear about my pastor “en flagrante” (excuse my poor latin), as opposed to him molesting some kid, shooting some homeboy over a diss, raping some money-grabbing creep hoochie, or dealing drugs.

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