Many Israeli Jews attending the Shabbat prayers last Saturday noted a striking correlation between a verse at the beginning of the weekly haftara portion – the Biblical portion that is read after the weekly Torah portion – and the scandal that is currently in Israeli media's headlines, involving one of the country's most famous singers and his father.
The police are investigating allegations of pimping against Danny Biton, father of a megastar of 'mizrachi' style music, Eyal Golan. The headlines accuse Biton of systematically luring young female fans of Golan into having sexual relations with himself and with others, including Golan. Some of these girls are allegedly minors. One girl, who reportedly said she had been with both Biton and Golan, has been missing for three days, although it is believed that she is safe.
The haftara portion, from the Book of Amos, Chapter 2, begins with the verses:
For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not relent.
They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals.
They trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl and so profane my holy name.
The other verses in the opening of the haftara are also probably relevant to Israel's current state: The gap between rich and poor is larger than it has ever been, and public trust in Israel's justice system is also extremely low, although not as low as it was when Dorit Beinisch was Supreme Court President.