Among Friends

Leib Tropper spent his way into the rabbinic elite—and, even after his fall, those other rabbis are unwilling to condemn him

Today on Tablet

Tropper’s powerful ex-sponsor, a ‘Jersey Shore’ haftorah, and more

Prodigal Son

A look at Guma Aguiar, who with his uncle bankrolled a New York rabbi trying to control the standards for conversion to Judaism

Former Tropper Sponsor Forced Into Psych Ward

Guma Aguiar is an energy tycoon, sports-team owner

Today on Tablet

The Tropper sex scandal, from a woman’s side

Converted

When Shannon Orand asked Rabbi Leib Tropper to help her study to become a Jew, he asked for sexual favors in return, she says

Tale of the Tapes

Orand’s dirty phone calls with the man she says is Tropper

Con Game

How a New York rabbi tried to remake the rules on converting to Judaism, until a sex tape—and a family feud between his wealthy backers—brought him down

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