Millionaire Rabbi’s Huge Entourage Boots Sick Patients From Hospital Rooms

Strange, because one would expect that anyone rocking a $10,000 ebony mink cake box hat would be the very picture of of charity and beneficence…

Via Haaretz:

rabbi-aryeh-alterA Jerusalem hospital gave three rooms to a top rabbi and his entourage on Tuesday, removing patients from the rooms and putting one of them in the hallway, said sources at the institution, Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

The rabbi in question, Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter, is the leader of the Ger Hasidic dynasty.

At the time of the move, at least 30 patients were waiting for a bed in inpatient departments, the sources said, adding that Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman chose the rooms for the rabbi. They said the move received the full cooperation of the hospital’s CEO, Zeev Rotstein….

As another source put it, “We have patients who lie in the emergency room for three or more days waiting for a bed in one of the departments. The hospitality for the rabbi’s entourage comes directly at the expense of the sick,” he said. [more]

The Times of Israel ranks Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter #3 on its list of “Israel’s 10 Richest Rabbis“, with a net worth of 350 Million shekels — equivalent to over $100 Million US.