Grand rabbi addresses religious dispute at New Square synagogue

The grand rabbi of a New Square synagogue spoke out today about an alleged arson attack that left a man critically burned.

Aron Rottenberg, 43, has severe burns over half his body following an attack several days ago. His family says the attack stems from the fact that he doesn't worship at the Hassidic community's main synagogue. Instead, they say he prays at the Friedwald Center for nursing and rehabilitation.

Grand Rabbi David Twersky said on a website that the incident brought a lot of tears and pain. He also said whoever needs healing, God should send them healing. In addition, the rabbi went on to state "it's against our ways" to hurt any Jews.

Charged in the attack is 18-year-old Shaul Spitzer. He is facing charges of attempted murder, arson and assault. Police are continuing to investigate and say there is no evidence that the grand rabbi is involved in the attack.

The Rottenberg family is now calling for a state and federal investigation into the case.

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