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Shmaryah, Neil is FAR from Haredi. He has always led the fight to modernize the small shul he davens in (Elmora Hills) and is very very left wing. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find anyone in Elizabeth that hates Haredim more than Neil.

Posted by: Jake | October 11, 2007 at 02:05 PM 

HE is typical MO scum. 

Posted by: | October 11, 2007 at 02:06 PM 

Why Immigration?

Posted by: Nachum | October 11, 2007 at 03:30 PM 

There are computer hackers that dedicate themselves in rooting out and exposing child Porners to the authorities. These righteous hackers will NEVER be prosecuted. These hackers will lurk on child porn sites and see who is downloading this stuff and THEN figure out who they are and track them down.

Posted by: Isa | October 11, 2007 at 05:22 PM 

On the other hand, there are hackers who CAN put this junk on most PCs out there.
For instance my neighbor has an unprotected wireless connection that reaches out from beyond his house and I can put ANYTHING on his computer. NO WORRY cause I would not even to that to my most vile enemy. One reason that you would understand is that I might leave traces of my visit-there ARE more stealthier people out there!!

Posted by: Isa | October 11, 2007 at 05:29 PM 

Neil is not charedi by any stretch of the imagination. He is modern orthodox.

Knowing Neil for many years, I can not believe the story is true.

An arrest does not make it true.

Posted by: anonymous | October 11, 2007 at 09:42 PM 

It doesn't matter if he's haredi, MO or conservative. The fact that he wears a beard and looks religious makes this into a chillul hashem. The outside world doesn't know or care about the differences between haredi, MO, chassid, etc. To them it's all the same. Here you have a religious looking Jew, who is supposed to represent G-d, acting in a totally inappropriate manner. This guy should have taken a shave before this happened to avoid this chillul hashem. Now his sins are magnified a million times more.

Posted by: steve | October 12, 2007 at 10:09 AM 

It is high time we prosecute all people involved in child porn, child molestation, etc. The fact that a Jew of any persuation is involved sickens me to no end. Here in Baltimore the Jewish community at large is (finally) beginning to face up to these criminals and their disgusting activities. If convicted this man should rot in prison forever.

Posted by: David | October 12, 2007 at 10:35 AM 

Although it is despicable and criminal, you cannot equate what this guy's accused of doing with child molestation. One crime involves victims whose lives may be forever destroyed, while the other crime is purely self gratification. You can argue that by downloading and paying for this material, he is aiding and abetting the kiddie porn industry. However, this still falls short of molestation.

Posted by: steve | October 12, 2007 at 10:43 AM 

I also know Neil. On the one hand, I agree with Isa - I find it hard to believe that Neil could be guilty. On the other hand, would they really make an arrest if they didn't have pretty good proof? Apparently they seized the computer a few months ago and were investigating this whole time.

Trying to be dan l'kav zchut...

I feel really bad for his wife - she is the sweetest person.

Posted by: Yehudi Hilchati | October 12, 2007 at 10:45 AM 

I was tempted to respond to an absurd email solicitation that I received just to see what it was. My better self told me not to. If I responded and it was treif, would I also be accused of child porn? Viagra purchasing without a prescription? or was it really a website of beautiful kids up for adoption? Help? I don't know and I did not find out!

Posted by: anon | October 12, 2007 at 10:47 AM 

If he was a Charedi, all the MO pigs would go crazy. Of course, seeing as he the perp is MO, you have to get off some other way. 

Posted by: | October 12, 2007 at 11:37 AM 

A 53 year old respected lawyer came to Michigan for sex with a young girl and was arrested and hung himself in prison. All his friends were shocked that he had done it.

We don't know what people do in their bedrooms or attics. 

According to news reports, they have credit card records as well. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but we also must recognize that everyone has their faults.

Posted by: | October 12, 2007 at 01:57 PM 

regarding""""Viagra purchasing without a prescription?""""
Come to Texas, park your car, cross the border and you TOO can purchase this and ordinary drugs without prescription legally in Mexico and bring 90 day supply across without much hassle- be sure to declare everything. If you HAPPEN to bring something really illegal, customs will simply confiscate it and you are on your way. By really illegal, I mean something packaged commercially in Mexico and is prohibited in the USA.

Posted by: Isa | October 12, 2007 at 05:26 PM 

This is a chillul Hashem and what more he is a Dr and a surgeon. Disgusting. He should know better.

Posted by: R | October 13, 2007 at 03:59 PM 

I'm still struggling to believe this about Neil. Is there any information as to the ages of the children depicted in the porn? After all, the law defines anything under the age of 18 as child porn. If he was looking at 15 year olds, wrong as it is in today's society, at least it's not a sexual abbeation. I'm hoping that's the case - would make it a lot easier.

Posted by: What kind of "child porn" | October 15, 2007 at 10:28 AM 

"What kind": Read the original news link as to the type of material found. Sounds as bad as it gets. As a close friend of the family, I am shocked and saddened.

Posted by: sw | October 15, 2007 at 10:39 AM 

It's a dumb law legislated by idiots that don't know how to lead a country. But the idiots that support this law deserve to be led by idiots.

It's not right to put a man in jail for owning porn. It's the modern day equivalent of a witch hunt. The torah doesn't put a man in jail for owning porn. A great man's reputation is ruined for nothing.

Posted by: Led by idiots | October 15, 2007 at 09:52 PM 

"idiots" - who is the real idiot here? Possibly someone like yourself who can't distinguish between porn and child porn?? Between a willing adult participant and a victimized child??

Posted by: zach | October 16, 2007 at 07:28 AM 

The people that abuse children and actually film the porn should be punished severely. The people that read it, especially if they don't support the producers by paying for it, should be left alone. The government has no business telling people what they can own or look at. Let them fix the economy and win the war against terrorism instead.

People seem to have a need to legislate morality. Since everything goes today, they picked on this topic. How many people have had their lives ruined because of the rabble's lust for blood?

The torah has a different attitude and allows child marriages. The cohen godol may only marry a girl under 12 and a half years old.

For the record, I am a parent and personally find the idea of child porn repulsive and nauseating. But that does not excuse unjust punishment.

Posted by: led by idiots | October 17, 2007 at 04:14 PM 

Either you're dishonest or you're a confused. 

In order to produce this child porn, children must be RAPED. Neil in effect pays people to rape those children for them.

Posted by: Shmarya | October 18, 2007 at 12:19 AM 

"in effect pays". For "in effect" paying for something after the fact, he should be heavily fined. Jail is for people that directly cause violence against children.

What about those poor soles who's lives have been ruined for downloading free porn? As I said, it's a witch hunt.

Posted by: led by idiots | October 18, 2007 at 08:36 AM 

Really? So you want to watch a man rape a woman and murder her during the act. You pay someone to provide you with that footage. You should only be fined? Please.

Child porn is not harmless and the victims cannot consent to the act.

If you can't see the difference between child porn and adult porn, I can't help you. You're just too morally blind.

Posted by: Shmarya | October 18, 2007 at 11:47 AM 

I agree with Shmarya on the difference between mainstream adult porn and child porn (or snuff movies). However, "led by" has one good point. Someone can get unwanted images sent to them, either by mistake or maliciously. Those individuals are not the same as willful child porn customers and should not be treated as such. 

Posted by: Yochanan Lavie | October 19, 2007 at 06:38 AM 

Agreed. But this is clearly not the case here.

Posted by: Shmarya | October 19, 2007 at 07:02 AM 

From what I can tell, you're probably right (unfortunately).

Posted by: Yochanan Lavie | October 19, 2007 at 10:45 AM 

It is my understanding they tracked Neil down through a credit card he used to purchase the material

Posted by: godol | December 15, 2007 at 11:57 AM 

It is my understanding they tracked Neil down through a credit card he used to purchase the material

Posted by: godol | December 15, 2007 at 11:57 AM 


Posted by: A T H E I S T | February 25, 2008 at 12:35 PM 

What is the followup on this case??

Posted by: mfs37 | May 21, 2008 at 04:32 PM 

Sentenced on 10/30/08. 51 months in prison, after that 5 years probation. No fine.

Posted by: menachem | October 30, 2008 at 08:52 PM 

The rabbi's say that the holier a person is, the stronger their Yetzher Hora. 

Neil's lifes work proves that he had other things on his mind most of the time. It is truly sad to see a great man fall. 
They say Shimshon too was a great Tzaddik with an equally big weakness. 

We do however have to protect our young children, and prosecute, but we cannot truly judge another unless we have lived in their shoes from conception on!!! 

Technology is a double edged sword that is possibly corrupting those who otherwise would never have acted out on their impulses.

I hope he has the ability to continue his amazing good work during his incarceration.
Neil has put 40 years of research into Ashkenazic Rabbinic Dynasties. He proves that he has holy interests too.

Posted by: friend | December 04, 2008 at 10:51 PM 

has anyone information as to this genleman's whereabouts? did he plea bargin his medical licence? was he fined by a court of law? virtualy no mainstreet news on this ex doctor. is he alowed to reflect the title of doctor on the books he writes>sordid at the very least and SAD.

Posted by: matisiyahu | December 17, 2008 at 08:22 AM 

addressed to menachem. sentenced by whom and is time to be served or a deal struck by his attorney with the courts?

Posted by: matisiyahu | December 17, 2008 at 08:25 AM 

The fact that it was long ago noted that Dr. Rosenstein is not haredi, yet that assignation remains in the first paragraph of your post is sloppy on your part.

Your agenda is obscuring the facts.

Posted by: anonymous | December 19, 2008 at 01:01 AM 

Actually, I fixed it in the title the same day, but not the post. I fixed it now.

Posted by: Shmarya Rosenberg | December 19, 2008 at 02:47 AM 

if mr rosenstein of elizabeth is not in fact hardei then what is his belief system.? he is a member of" elmora" temple/ synagogue.? he was not involved with chabad? for many years he was referred to as the most holy one so piously he portrayed himself. his level of piety was far higher than the norm. so he beleived.

Posted by: matasiyhahu | December 19, 2008 at 07:12 AM 

Shmarya--thank you for the correction.


What in the world are you talking about? Whatever his faults,he is not guilty of an exaggerated sense of self-piety.

Your comment is complete and utter nonsense.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 21, 2008 at 01:30 PM 

dear anonymous sorry you miss what i am trying to say. no one that i know would beleive that one so pious would stoop to child pornography of pre. pubecsent children.he is aparty to behviour, that is descipcable. one wonders what his future goals probly loved by all for his great works on great granddees. seems to me he is a religious hypocrite. a strange digusting personality. must have a huge hidden inferiority complex. ask anne m the attorney general what she made of neil's behaviour read she could not sleep at night after watching his filth.

Posted by: matisyahu | December 21, 2008 at 09:55 PM 

To Matisyahu (AKA Mordechai) - how's rehab working for your oldest son these days? I am surprised, that you - who comes to the door to greet his guests in the nude (perhaps this perversion of yours dates back to your youth and you are more to blame for what happened here than even Neil is) - would judge your family member (and victim) in so open a forum. Would you care to explain to the readers here how you physically abused your mother and threw her out of your house - until you needed her again? And why do you hide behind a fake name? Why not tell the world who you really are.

Readers, please be aware that this man is a certified sociopath.

Posted by: Matisyahu Poisoned my Dog | January 01, 2009 at 05:33 PM 

Yah well matisayhoo is a cool dude
y should he be raked in the for the dog poisoner well ...thats a nudder story.
yah brudder from anudder mudder,

Posted by: yoshkepandre | January 05, 2009 at 01:34 PM 

I can't for the life of me figure out the misplaced hunt for victims of a crime. The criminals are the website merchants!
Why not go after them. After all they are on record and don't have to be hacked or traced by credit card purchases!
It's simply a case of misplacedd juctice1
Dr Rosenstein's part is such a minor part of the case!
All the best you guys.

Posted by: A little bit of saychel please | 
1:46 PM 1/28/2011