Numerous unconfirmed reports have narrated a shocking new case in which a Brooklyn Jewish girl recently found out that her husband is a Muslim man with a Palestinian nationality.
Currently under protection at a safe house, Sally Kredi, a Brooklyn resident discovered an ugly truth about her husband, whom she recently got married to. With the FBI allegedly involved in the matter, the man who went by the name Eliyah was reportedly forcing Sally to stay in the house where one night, the girl discovered Eliyah’s passport.
She was appalled to see a Palestinian identity, and a knife and gun kept alongside, which led her to immediately contact Flatbush Shomrim.
The girl knew that her fiance was Lebanese, but was convinced of his made-up identity since he spoke both Hebrew and Arab fluently. He also cooked up a story narrating why his family wasn’t involved in his life, which made Sally believe him whole and soul.
Furthermore, the man was also vouched for by the Chabad of Texas, where he was affiliated for around 6-7 years.
As it stands, the man was last seen today on Ave L and East 10 in Flatbush, while Sally posted a status on Whatsapp saying, “Please pray for me, everyone.”
The Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center at Texas A&M is open to all Jewish faculty and students to explore Judaism.
In 2018 a student presenting himself as Eliyah Haliwa began visiting Chabad along with other local campus Jewish institutions (including serving as president at one of them). He would occasionally attend Shabbat meals at Chabad, and infrequently attended the services or Torah classes.
Last year he met a woman from N.Y. on a Jewish dating website.
He falsely presented himself to her as observant. When asked by the woman and her family, I informed them that his conduct did not reflect that of a fully observant Jew.
The fundamental responsibility of the officiating rabbi at a wedding, the mesader kiddushin, is to determine the Jewish status [birur hayahadut] of the couple and ensure that they are both Jewish, single and allowed to marry each other in accordance with Jewish law.
Accordingly, when Rabbi Ezra Zafrani, a respected Syrian rabbi in Lakewood, N.J., asked me if Eliyah was Jewish, I explicitly informed him that I did not know and that whoever was officiating would need to do a proper birur and would need to independently confirm his Jewish status.
The wedding itself was officiated by Rabbi Zafrani’s son, Rabbi David Zafrani. As my wife and I were in New York for other reasons, Rabbi David Zafrani, who was officiating in place of his father, and his wife, asked us to join the wedding. As the groom had no family attending, at the request of the couple and the Zafranis, we walked him down the aisle and I signed the ketubah, which had been drafted by Rabbi Ezra Zafrani. We were not officiating and our involvement was predicated on the understanding that, as supervising rabbis, Ezra and David Zafrani had done their due diligence to confirm the groom’s Jewish status.
In the ensuing weeks, it has come to light that the bride was aware that Eliyah was using a false name, information he concealed from others, when she learned of his Muslim name. We were clearly misled about his identity. Our hearts go out to this woman, her family and everyone else deceived by this individual here in Texas and in New York and New Jersey.
Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff