Politics

Anthony Weiner's Controversial "Rabbi to the Stars" Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

When embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner needs advice, he has been known to turn to a man known as the "Rabbi to the Stars." But that man reportedly has just as many problems as Weiner.

The New York Daily News reports that Weiner is a follower of Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto -- "a self-proclaimed kabbalah scholar who puts death curses on his critics."

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The newspaper reports Weiner has attended Pinto's classes and holiday gatherings. In their private discussions, "they would talk about Israel," a member of Pinto's inner circle said. "They'd ask (Weiner) why Obama wasn't more supportive."

Pinto, 37, also helped Weiner raise nearly $350,000 for his political campaigns, mostly from the rabbi's wealthy followers.

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But being associated with Pinto has its risks. One of his top aides has been linked to the porn business, and last year he placed  "death curse" on a man with whom he was having a financial dispute. That man fell to his death from the 19th floor of a New York City building.

The News reports that Pinto's townhouse is facing foreclosure, and that the he refuses to meet with women. 

Pinto was in the headlines last summer when a photo of him holding LeBron James's hand surfaced. It seems James consulted with him for business advice. He probably should have asked for a death curse on the Dallas Mavericks.