An intentional fire has decimated home of a rabbi in Brooklyn and spread to two other before finally being extinguished by local firefighters. Thankfully no one died, though thirteen people, including a newborn baby, were mildly injured
Investigators have determined that the fire set under Rabbi Jonathan Max’s three-story home on East 17th Street in Midwood was intentional. A surveillance video was found that shows a person pouring gas around a car and then setting it ablaze. The police have arrested a Menachem Karelefsky of McKeesport, Pennsylvania for the crime. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson.
Menachem aka Matthew grew up non-Orthodox, became religious, attended Rabbi Jonathan Max’s yeshiva, and is now a practicing Christian. For the past decade, Karelefsky accused the Rabbi in multiple orthodox blogs and on his LinkedIn profile that Rabbi Max molested him during the time he attended the yeshiva. He allegedly threatednd to kill the Rabbi in the past, and even branded a tattoo on his arm saying as such.
Other than Karelefsky, no one else has gone public to accuse the Rabbi of sexual misconduct.