Rabbi sued by sex offender

Rabbi Ya'akov Horowitz of Rockland, NY, is being sued for slander by a convicted sex offender for exposing him as such on Twitter.

Shai Landesman,


A New York Rabbi is being sued for exposing a convicted sex offender on Twitter, according to a Westchester News 12 report.

The lawsuit was filed in Israel by Yona Weinberg, who has served time in state prison for having sexual relations with a child under the age of 14. The tweet exposed Weinberg, who is now living in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof, as a sex offender.

The tweet reads: "Har Nof residents: Beware of convicted sex offender Yona Weinberg," with a link added for additional information.

The Rabbi being sued for slander is Rabbi Ya'akov Horowitz, a longtime educator in Rockland, New York, who posts parenting videos on YouTube and write children's books to help parents talk to their kids about child abuse.

Rabbi Horowitz says the lawsuit will not deter him from raising awareness of sex abuse in the community.

"I have a responsibility to the children and their parents and there's no way I'm going to give up on that," says Rabbi Horowitz.