The Jewish Week website reports today (July 20, 2011) that federal authorities filed charges of kidnapping against a New Jersey rabbi and his wife for allegedly detaining and threatening to kill a defiant husband.
Rabbi David Wax, 49, and Judy Wax, 47, appeared in federal court in Trenton, NJ yesterday, and were released on $500,000 bond each.
The couple are alleged to have lured Yisrael Briskman to their Lakewood, NJ home last October with the possibility of assisting Wax -- a noted scholar -- on his next book.
Briskman allegedly fled Israel in 2008, because he was wanted for not granting his wife a court-ordered divorce, thus leaving her unable to remarry.
When he arrived at the Waxs' home, two men allegedly bound Briskman and beat him, threatening to bury him alive in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains if he did not grant his wife a divorce. Wax also allegedly threatened to kill Briskman's father if he did not pay Briskman's ex-wife $100,000.