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The Trial of a Rasha

The facts of the case are so revealing that one would have to be blind, deaf, and dumb to think this man is innocent.
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The trial of of accused sexual abuser Rabbi Nechemya Weberman is underway. I thought I would post a few of my thoughts about it. First let me excerpt the following quote by Anna C. Salter PhD from Rabbi Yakov Horowitz’s website:

1. It is perhaps not surprising that predators who have never been arrested are so successful in fooling people. They simply take on the lifestyle and manner of genuinely nice people, and it is understandable, if tragic, that we can’t tell the difference.

2. It is a misconception that child molesters are somehow different from the rest of us, outside their proclivities to molest. They can be loyal friends, good employees, and responsible members of the community in other ways.

3. Offender self-reports have dubious validity, especially when the offender’s self-interest is at stake. The only rule for deception in sex offenders I have ever found is this: If it is in the offender’s best interest to lie, and if he can do it and not get caught, he will lie.

I have little doubt about Rabbi Weberman’s guilt. And I am encouraged by the over 40 people who have so far shown up at the trial to show support for the victim. I am also encouraged by the number of people who have responded to the request by Rabbi Horowitz to post a comment on his website in support of the victim. I encourage everyone to do so. She can use all the support she can get. Her character is being attacked. It is a typical ploy of defense attorneys to attack the character of an accuser at trial so as to undermine their credibility.

I posted a comment of my own there. It isn’t much but it’s the least I can do in support of a victim of sex abuse. I am also glad to see the name of Rabbi Chaim Twersky, one of the Roshei Yeshiva of HTC in that list of commenters. He posted a comment of support for the victim. That takes courage. He is one of my local heroes for many reasons. He just added another one by doing that.

Bearing in mind the American tradition of innocent until proven guilty, I will wait until the end of the trial to pass final judgment. But the facts of the case are so revealing that one would have to be blind, deaf, and dumb to think this man is innocent. And yet his community and its rabbinic leadership is either all of those… or they simply don’t care. That’s why they had a fund-raiser for a supposed defense fund and raised a half million dollars. Which they promptly used to try and bribe the victim to drop the charges and leave the country.

Not only was the victim not tempted to take that money, but the four Chasidim who tried to bribe her were arrested for trying to do that. Thank God! These “good people” will probably serve some time for their “altruism.” And their families will suffer. I’m sure that there will be fundraisers for them too with all kind of appeals to sympathy for the plight of these “Frum” Jews and their families. And of course there will be attendant accusations of Antisemitism that are always attached to the courts if they are convicted and sent to prison. But that’s another conversation.

One of the things almost always heard – especially in places like Williamsburg (where Rabbi Weberman lives) is that one should never believe an accuser that is no longer observant. Especially when she is rebelling from the very community that she accuses of sex abuse and protecting the abuser. That is in fact the exact argument being made by the defense. From theNew York Times:

Lawyers for Mr. Weberman, however, argue that the young woman fabricated the allegations because she was furious at Mr. Weberman for what she thought was a betrayal of her trust. At age 15, they said, she had revealed to Mr. Weberman that she had a boyfriend — a serious breach of the community’s stringent rules — and then, a defense lawyer said, she concluded that he told her parents about it.

“There was only one answer,” said George Farkas, the defense lawyer, “vengeance and revenge against Nechemya Weberman, and through this, to bring down the entire community that either supported him, or of which he was a part.”

About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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7 Responses to “The Trial of a Rasha”

  1. About time the community realized that predators are not poor innocents who are falsely accused.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Seems like Harry Maryles has a grudge and hatred to Satmar. He says the following:

    "What is most important for me about this trial aside from the victim getting the justice she deserves is that the Satmar community is finally being exposed for what it is – a religious Mafia that cares little about the American system of justice. They will use any means available to undermine it when they think it serves their purposes. Legal or otherwise".

    So hes using a case like this to defame satmar when in reality its not really this case what he doesn't like about Satmar it is as he says that "Satmar is finally being exposed for is is", how shameful someone calling himself a rabbi who gives a Haskafa advise to write stuff like this.

  3. Sure this case is about Satmar- do you think for a second that the Rebbe of Satmar and all of the big shots who run the community aren't aware of what Weberman did? They dont give a crap about the American justice system. Before the trial began, they harassed the accuser, filming her in bed with her boyfriend. They tried to bribe both of them to leave the country, and during the trial 4 of them were arrested for taking pictures of the accuser on the witness stand, and circulating her picture on the internet.

    This isn't the first time Satmar has been exposed in the news; back in 1997 they were profiled in the WSJ for numerous infractions, including victimizing dissenters in the community who had the chutzpah to daven in a different shul. Sixty minutes nailed them for extorting millions of funds earmarked for a medical center in Monroe, which somehow burned down before the investigation concluded. Any Jew should be horrified by their mafioso tactics, and I'm glad Harry Maryles has the guts to call it like it is.

  4. Ab Fried says:

    Jewish press

  5. A Y Margalios says:

    As a Talmid (student) of Rav Soloveichik ZT”L, I protest the use of his name herein.

    In conversations with members of his family, I learned that they are likewise embarrassed by the JP connecting their father ZT”L with the rubbish Maryles writes.

    Dear Editor: Please REMOVE the name of Rav Soloveichik ZT”L from ALL the Maryles columns!!!

  6. A Y Margalios says:

    I have consulted with other Talmidim of the Rosh Yeshiva ZT”L. If the Jewish Press does not remove the name of our Rebbe ZT”L from ALL OF THE MARYLES COLUMNS AND BLOGS, we will boycott!

  7. and this piece of human **** is only the top of the iceberg Thats what is very sad and frightening. It is the responasbility for every parent to make sure no meshiganeh can fiddle with their kids !

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