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Jewish Rabbis Fail at Stopping Child Abuse

Good people cannot accept the evil and sick deeds that are done by some in our community.
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It’s time for yeshivot to stop the game of Bomb and start playing Whack-a-Mole. Get rid of the rebbes who are perverts right away. Notify every other Yeshiva to stay away from these guys, so that no more children have to suffer.

Our community leaders need to appoint a group of Rabbis who would be trained to recognize true child molestation cases. If a child molester is revealed, he must be kept away from children immediately. If there is unquestionable evidence of guilt, let the molester rot in jail. I must remind the reader that if a man sets out to murder you, you are allowed to stop him by any means necessary. That’s Halacha.

More important, we have to take steps never to allow abuse to happen in the first place. When I worked in Camp Kol Ree Nah, I was amazed that every single bunk had no doors. They were removed to prevent any immoral incidents. Bravo to Rabbi Yaakov Greenwald for recognizing the potential problem and doing everything in his power to protect the kids.

We must acknowledge that the problem exists and that we have to keep our kids away from rebbes who are perverts. Not to do so is an insult to the vast majority of rebbes who are dedicated to the welfare of their kids. Our leaders must lead by showing a zero tolerance policy to those who think our children are personal playthings. A leader’s job is to stand up and protect our future no matter how uncomfortable that may feel.

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9 Responses to “Jewish Rabbis Fail at Stopping Child Abuse”

  1. Stan Silverman says:

    Excellent article. One wonders why an anecdotal basis there appears to be a higher incidence of abuse within certain segments of the haredi community than within other haredi communities and the non-haredi Jewish community. What is it about haredi cultural norms that causes this? It appears that protecting haredi cultural norms is more important than protecting their children.

  2. Stan Silverman says:

    Excellent article. One wonders why an anecdotal basis there appears to be a higher incidence of abuse within certain segments of the haredi community than within other haredi communities and the non-haredi Jewish community. What is it about haredi cultural norms that causes this? It appears that protecting haredi cultural norms is more important than protecting their children.

  3. David Willig says:

    Are there Non Jewisf Rabbis?

  4. The haredi community are far more aware of what's going on in their community. So finding out about abusers creates a great scandal. I believe that percentage wise we have far lower rates then the general population.Abusers are so exceptional to the rule that so many haredim do not have enough experience to handle the problem. Compared to the general population haredim will come out far better.

  5. Are there any Jewish Popes?

  6. Haredi rabbis have no interest in finding and stopping child molesters. It does them no good and may do them irreparable harm.

    It is as simple as that. Why would I work to find and solve a problem like child molestation , which makes Rabbis look bad.

    Answer please.

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