(JTA) – Police in Milan, Italy have arrested a rabbi for domestic violence after he allegedly hit and verbally abused one of his eight children.
Police arrested the man, identified as 42-year-old M.E., a rabbi at the Chabad centre at Piazza Castello, on Sunday night after being alerted by his wife, Italian media reported.
The centre lists Michael Elmaleh as a rabbi there. According to the reports, the wife called police after M.E. violently abused their 16-year-old son for not going to synagogue.
The reports said M.E. had been involved in several other incidents of domestic violence in the past, and had been taken into custody once before, in 2008.