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Should Rav Motti Elon Teach my Kids?

Following Rav Elon's conviction, Rabbi Chaim Druckman invited him to teach at Yeshivat Or Etzion.
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Rav Motty Elon was sentenced today to six months community service and a 15 month prison sentence on probation for three years. He was also fined 10,000 NIS as compensation for the victim.

Rav Elon was convicted in August on two counts of sexual assault on a minor.

Rav Elon’s response, outside the court, was to call the allegations/charges/conviction “lies” – and he said he welcomes the community service order - “I’ve been doing community service for 40 years, and I would love to do so until I’m 120.”

This was the culmination of a public process which started on 15th February 2010, with an announcement censuring  Rav Elon on the Takana website; the ‘private’ process, within Forum Takana, began several years previously.

Takana took the dramatic step of publicizing the “substantial allegations” against Rav Elon, because Rav Elon had broken an agreed behavior protocol, by continuing to teach.

At that time, the allegations received by Takana were concerning boys who were not minors (over 18) at the time of the alleged acts. These boys had chosen not to report the incidents to the police, but preferred to turn to Takana – a not-for-profit organization mandated in the National Religious community to “protect the religious community from authority figures who take advantage of those dependent on them.”

Takana collected the testimonies of the alleged victims and summoned Rav Elon to the forum.

Rav Elon at that time was the blue-eyed rabbi of the National Religious community in Israel. He had been Rosh Yeshiva of Horev School, and was serving at Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hakotel. Rav Elon’s shiurim were attended by hundreds, and were broadcast live on radio. Rav Elon had his own national TV show, every Friday morning, about the weekly sedra.

As a result of these discussions with Rav Elon and further investigations by Takana, Rav Elon resigned his teaching positions – and went with his family to live in the scenic Galilee village of Migdal. When he continued teaching there, Takana blew the whistle.

After Takana publicized that there were substantial allegations against Rav Elon, which generated huge public furor, other boys came forward, who reported to the police that they had been assaulted by Rav Elon while they were still minors.

The eventual charge sheet and conviction were for relatively (by the standards of these things) light sexual offences, consisting of hugging and kissing.

Although the prosecution requested that Rav Elon should be sentenced to prison time, the court decided otherwise.

Following Rav Elon’s conviction, Rabbi Chaim Druckman publicly expressed support for Rav Elon, and invited him to teach at Yeshivat Or Etzion. I understand that Rav Elon indeed teaches boys there every Sunday night at 10:30pm. There is no indication that Rav Elon’s sentencing will lead Rav Druckman to withdraw his invitation to Rav Elon.

Many allegations of sexual abuse of a minor do not result in prison sentences for the accused. Indeed, only 10% of police reports of child abuse result in a conviction in Israel.

This is due to a series of filters within the police and judicial system, to ensure that innocent people are not mistakenly convicted.

These filters have the effect of serial shrinkage of the quantity and gravity of allegations, by closing police files, reducing charge sheets, and requiring (often impossibly) high standards of proof before conviction.

However, in parallel to the legal process, there is also a hidden process of risk assessment, by the adjunct social services (“Sherut Hamivchan”), which is mandatory for sex offenders.

It is therefore common for thin charge sheets to be brought against highly dangerous people; and that severe criminal charges can be brought against people who are clinically “not dangerous to the public”.

About the Author: David Morris has been nominated for the President of Israel's Prize 2010. He is an entrepreneur in the fields of charity and electro-optics; Established Lema'an Achai ("For My Brothers"), the innovative community social services charity in Ramat Bet Shemesh, "Magen", the Bet Shemesh Child Protection Agency, and "Yad LeYedid" (A Hand to a Friend) charity helping impoverished families in Jerusalem. His day-job as Owner/CEO of Scitronix Ltd is marketing sophisticated electro-optical products to high tech industries in Israel. David is the proud dad of six amazing children, and luckiest-husband-in-the-world of Julie Morris.


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6 Responses to “Should Rav Motti Elon Teach my Kids?”

  1. Myriam Obadia says:

    No way. Keep your kids safe. There are plenty of good rabbis out there who would never molest a child

  2. If Rav Elon says the charges are false, I for one believe him. I would be delighted to have Rav Elon as my children's teacher.

  3. Chinese says:

    I think it is a set up to defame a well-known Jewish rabbi, to create another stereotypical negative impression of Israel. One of the goal is to target Christians to dislike or hate G-D’s chosen people.

    I was an EVERLASTING COVENANT MADE TO ISRAEL BY G-D

  4. Emily Bitton says:

    Oh my god, Mom, I am so grateful that you didn't get to fulfill that desire!

  5. Moishe Sachs says:

    Why does the Jewish Press allow an article about a conviction that doesn't even bother to show the evidence that convicted him?

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