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Flashback: Rabbi obstructs fraud probe, citing Talmud

A US federal judge is weighing the fate of a Chasidic rabbi who is citing Talmudic law as a justification for his refusal to testify against fellow Jews before a Los Angeles grand jury investigating tax evasion. Moshe Zigelman, who was the executive assistant to Grand Rabbi Naftali Tzi Weisz of the Brooklyn-based Spinka sect of Chasids, received a two-year sentence in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to arranging illegal donations... Zigelman, 64, received a heavier sentence than another defendant because of his reluctance to testify against his fellow Jews.... He said the classic Talmudic prohibition that Zigelman cites is rooted in the notion that Jews should not betray their fellow Jews to an evil government, and its relevance to a more just government is not clear-cut."

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