Local NewsKidnap victim on lam from Israeli court

Posted: Oct 23rd, 2010 10:02 PM | Updated: Nov 29th, 2010 6:21 PM


In a bizarre twist, the victim of an alleged assault and kidnapping this week appears to be an Orthodox Jew on the lam from Israel's high rabbinical court for refusing to divorce his wife, according to Israeli news reports.

Yisrael Briskman, 36, who police say was kidnapped, beaten and robbed last Saturday by a local Orthodox couple, was the subject of a religious ruling two years ago that called on all observant Jews to shun him, Ynetnews, the Israeli English-language news website, reported.

"The High Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem calls on the Israeli communities and the judges and rabbis of Israel wherever they may be to implement these rules of alienation and refuse the "divorce refuser' Israel Meir Briskman any financial, physical or legal aid until he carries out his sentence and grants his wife an unconditional, immediate divorce," a bulletin circulated by a rabbinical judge stated, according to the news site.

Ynetnews stated in a September 2008 article that Briskman fled Israel, despite a hold-departure filed against him, and that he was believed to be in the United States.

While there is no mention of violence, the court order calls into question for some people the motive behind this week's alleged attack against Briskman.

Lakewood police said they see no connection between the rabbinical court ruling and the attack on Briskman. They said the motive was money.

David Wax and his wife, Judy, lured Briskman to their home, where they handcuffed him and put him in a room before beating him and ordering that he call his family for money, according to Lt. William Addison. Briskman's Palm Pilot, thumb drive, hat, coat and up to $300 in cash were stolen.

"We have a good solid kidnapping case," said Addison, who identified Briskman's photo from the Israeli news article. "We don't have any other motives on the table."

According to Addison, no one has approached police with information contradicting that view. And even if a connection to an Israeli order did exist, he said, it would have no bearing on secular law. Addison did say others were "probably" involved.

No one answered the door Friday at the Waxes large brick home on Somerset Avenue, in an upscale neighborhood just north of Kennedy Boulevard, where a white fence circles the backyard and neatly trimmed shrubs line the walkway.

Judy Wax, 46, was released from jail on $400,000 bail, according to an Ocean County corrections officer. Her husband, David, 48, was still being held on $750,000 bail. They appeared in court for the first time Wednesday but offered no plea.

Police say Briskman was eventually dropped off in New York the evening of the assault and treated at a hospital for a broken nose, black eyes and several cuts to his head. He had been staying in Lakewood and was seeking employment with the Waxes. Efforts to reach Briskman, who is reportedly in Brooklyn, were unsuccessful.

An e-mail sent to the Directorate of the Israeli Rabbinical Courts seeking information about the Briskman case was not returned.

According to Ynetnews, the religious tribunal instructed Jews not to associate with Briskman, to allow him to join a congregation or to provide him lodging. One Israeli blogsite, The Muqata, posted his picture among others with the headline: "Israel Most Wanted."

The issue of divorce has been a contentious one recently in Orthodox circles.

Last week, a couple of New Yorkers used a megaphone on a Lakewood street corner to protest loosened religious divorce laws.

Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg, an Orthodox leader in Lakewood, said the rabbinical courts work closely with secular courts in Israel. He has no knowledge of the Briskman case, but said, in general, that someone who refuses a divorce order can face a range of penalties, from the loss of a driver's license to jail.

"They take it very seriously," Weisberg said, adding that it's why people sometimes flee — "to escape jurisdiction."


45 Responses to “Kidnap victim on lam from Israeli court”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Lt. Addison is playing dumb to get the "kidnappers" to tell the whole story.

  2. Sherlock Holmes says:

    It's clear the "kidnapping" was all about money. It's very common for fugitive husbands who have no money to be lured to a large family's home and held for ransom (and they took his valuable palm pilot). Sounds like an open and shut case to me.

  3. New Jersey justice says:

    Don't forget his hat, coat, thumb drive, and $200-$300 cash that were taken from the "victim".
    I'm surprised they let the "kidnappers" out for only 1.2 million dollars bail.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Somerset Ave. is unfortunately a high kidnapping crime area. It's a quiet winding road through a residential neighborhood with a pizza shop nearby for both the criminals and their victim to enjoy a quick meal. They don't even have to risk eating together in the store----one of the bad guys can go in and get a pie to go.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Orthodox leader in Lakewood? since when? Since he robbed the taxpayers via the Vaad. What happened to the no show job for his mother for $50,000 of taxpayer dollars. His no bid County program of Kosher meals on wheels. All of his other under the table geshften?

  6. for the heimeshe kidnapper says:

    And it's also yoshon.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I don't think it's halachically kidnapping since they didn't try to sell him. I wish there was a sefer on the aseres hadibros that discusses in detail this mitzvas lo saseh.

  8. Bruno Hauptmann says:

    Were this couple also involved with the Lindbergh baby?

  9. a safer option than takeout pizza says:

    Glatt Bite delivers.

  10. Hey, you (usually) only kidnap once says:

    And why can't the bad guys and their hostage order sushi?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I think the hostage should decide what to eat. Sort of like choosing his last meal.

  12. It's their home says:

    You should always do what the baal habbos wants.

  13. not Zach "pulitzer" Patberg says:

    Just blame all of them.

  14. blair thomas says:

    Don't get me started about him. someone should open a site just dedicated to the stuff this skunk has been, is, & will be up to.


  15. Anonymous says:

    HH for bail bondsman.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Why can't HH also wear a hat and tie?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Israeli Rabanut should ask the USA to extaidite Briskman to Israel. If you don't have a plaintiff, you don't have a defendant. The Mafia always worked that way.

  18. says:

    There are plenty of moyney hamitzvos...

  19. Goldie says:

    please leave mr weissberg alone he means well

  20. Anonymous says:

    Weisberg is a spokesman from the Lakewood orthodox community?, Aren't you ashame to have such an individual proclaim to be our spokesman?.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I was recently threatened with being locked up unless I paid a huge sum of money.
    I had no choice but to pay my property tax bill.

  22. to Blair Thomas says:

    It's rude to call Zach "pulitzer" Patberg a skunk.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Moshe Zev tried putting in his mother in a tax paid no show job for a stagering $50,000 anual salary. Moshe Zev are you looking for a partner?

  24. Anonymous says:

    The CEO wasn't mentioned in the article, because he might just shut down the APP, ask Hasenfeld.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who goes near The Estates on Somerset Ave. is out of his mind. It's safer to be a
    a drug enforcement agent in Mexico.

  26. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to live in Forest Park and not vote for Bob Singer.

  27. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to drive a school bus in Whispering Pines.

  28. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to write a candid article for TLS.

  29. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to be a chicken on 7th street during aseres y'mei teshuvah.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Ask the County to allow bidding on the Kosher meals on wheels currently held for years by Weisberg/Kanerak.

  31. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to make a left turn leaving Chateau Park.

  32. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to turn the Bob the Builder video off by Dr. Shanik.

  33. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to be a driveway mailbox on County Line rd.

  34. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to ask for a discount at Toys for Thought because you're a friend of HH.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Or a free yogurt at Swirls.

  36. blair thomas says:

    Its more dangerous than not telling weissberg that his mother called the office within 30 seconds of the phones first ring.

  37. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to ask "do you still eat KCL?" As the Governors assistant said what's KCL?

  38. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to eat my wife's spaghetti squash.

  39. Anonymous says:

    It's more dangerous to write that it's dangerous to eat my wife's spaghetti squash.

  40. says:

    Its swirlz with a Z

  41. Anonymous says:

    , he'll swirl you till you don't realize he emptied your tax dollars from your pocket (into his friends pockets).

  42. Hello duh! says:

    It's more dangerous not to devorce your wife!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Just because of spaghetti squash?

  44. Anonymous says:

    Who'll swirl you? Zev W. The self proclaimed Orthodox rep.

  45. Anonymous says:

    If you are willing to pay the PROTECTION money, KCL is the way to go.

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