I want Jewish prisoners to be able to eat kosher meals, but when they make these kind of extra demands, I feel ambivalent.
The New York Post reports:
A rabbi convicted of sexually abusing a teenage boy has his kosher meals picked up from a Queens store by an on-duty jail captain.
Baruch Lebovits, a once-respected Satmar rabbi from Brooklyn, gets the special food brought straight to his Rikers Island cell, even though the jail already provides kosher dishes for its Jewish prisoners.
Apparently, they aren’t blessed enough for Lebovits, 59, who has been moaning for months that he couldn’t eat the food because it hadn’t had proper rabbinical supervision, sources said.
Lebovits’ adherence to holy law apparently didn’t preclude repeatedly sexually abusing a 16-year-old classmate of his son, a heinous crime for which he was sentenced in March to up to 32 years in prison.
The Brooklyn rabbi is on Rikers awaiting trial in another sex abuse case.
On Thursday, a Rikers jail captain was ordered to pick up $60 worth of glatt kosher canned meals for the sicko, including Salisbury steak, stuffed shells, cheese ravioli and barbecued chicken wings from Alle Processing in Maspeth, Queens, an e-mail obtained by The Post shows.