A Jerusalem rabbi has been summoned for interrogation by police after a bag of hashish was found in his possession in a routine security search at the entrance to the Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court.
Rabbi Moshe Yazdi of the Amoudei HaShalom Yeshiva told police investigators that a student who became religious gave him a bag containing 5 grams (0.18 ounces) of hashish which he forgot to throw away. The rabbi said the student is in the process of giving up smoking and drinking.
He added that most of his students are fighting to give up drugs and alcohol abuse.
Police released the rabbi under restricted conditions. The State Prosecution will make a decision on whether to press charges against Yazdi in the coming days.
Incidents of educators possessing drugs are common in Israel. In November a high school teacher was arrested for dealing ecstasy.
Several months ago a school principal and two teachers were arrested for smoking drugs in open fields near a school in the Galilee.