web analytics
May 23, 2015 / 5 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Aussie Jews Furious over Rabbi’s Selective Sex Abuse Apology

Australian Holocaust survivors are furious with US-based Rabbi Manis Freidman for apologizing for comparing sexual abuse with diarrhea but not for expressing regret for remarks he made around 30 years ago that the Nazis should not be blamed for the Holocaust because it was part of a Divine plan.

Rabbi Friedman recently posted a YouTube, which since has been removed, in which he stated that that sexual abuse, like diarrhea, “should be kept private and that victims of abuse are  that damaged.”

He had said in the clip that anyone who abuses others sexually can do mitzvot to atone for his acts and that the victim must get over the abuse. “[If} You’ve learned that not every uncle is your best friend, you’ve learned an important lesson,” according to him.

Rabbi Friedman apologized for his “completely inappropriate use of language,” called sexual abuse one of the “worst crimes imaginable” and added that perpetrators of molestation should be prosecuted by the police.

However, the Australian Jewish News (AJN) reported that Rabbi Friedman made seriously disturbing remarks about the Holocaust and Nazis in remarks in a Melbourne home in the 1980s.

“Who in fact died and who remained alive had nothing to do with the Nazis,” Rabbi Friedman had stated. “Not a single Jewish child died because of the Nazis … they died in their relationship with God,” according to a transcript obtained by the AJN from the Jewish Holocaust Center’s (JHC) archives.

Referring to Rabbi Friedman’s official apology for the comments he made about sexual abuse, Holocaust survivor Abe Goldberg told the AJN said, “Suddenly he is apologizing? He never apologized before. Why does he only apologize now?”

Survivor Moshe Fiszman, still enraged by Rabbi Friedman’s remarks about the Holocaust, said the comments were “immoral.”

“For someone who witnessed all that hell, who went through as many camps as I went through … to read and hear that is just … I don’t know. I cannot explain to you how I feel, there is no way,” the 91-year-old said.

The AJN added, “Rabbi Friedman has failed to respond to requests for a comment on his remarks about the Holocaust.”

About the Author: JewishPress.com brings you the latest in Jewish news from around the world. Stay up to date by following up on Facebook and Twitter. Do you have something noteworthy to report? Submit your news story to us here.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Aussie Jews Furious over Rabbi’s Selective Sex Abuse Apology”

  1. Myriam Obadia says:

    Oh really? Children -who weren't even old enough to speak, let alone be responsible for their actions- went to their death because of their relationship to G-d and not because of the Nazis who threw them into ovens? Is that so called Rabbi just stupid, or frankly evil?

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Tzipi Hotovely, new Deputy Foreign Minister.
Foreign Minister Hotovely: Tell the World ‘God Gave Israel to the Jews’
Latest News Stories
Chabad of Dead Sea brings friends from Arad to create a last-minute celebration sheva brochot with the seven wedding blessings with a new married couple.

At the ninth hour, Chabad of Dead Sea whipped together sheva brochot in 2 hours for a newly wedded tourist couple — out of nowhere.

Tzipi Hotovely, new Deputy Foreign Minister.

Israel finally has a Foreign Minister who is not ashamed to say the word “God.”

Cairo Jews shove and curse a journalist dressed up as a Jew.

An Arab language website sent a reporter, dressed as a Jew, to the streets of Cairo.

Volunteers with Shomer Hachadash.

Eight years ago, an Israeli rancher from Moshav Zippori in the Lower Galilee region reached a breaking point. Thieves and marauders had been targeting Chaim Zilberman’s sprawling ranch; his land was burnt black and cattle fences cut down. On the verge of bankruptcy, the rancher told his family during a Friday Shabbat dinner one night […]

Scotland Yard said it cannot prevent the upcoming neo-Nazi march that is planned for July 4th.

A store in Rafah, Gaza displays women’s Islamic head coverings for sale.

A State Dept. official is in Israel to talk about making the region nuclear-free.

The highway at the property is a favorite spot for PA Arabs to try to throw

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu annual medical report  as written by his personal physician, Dr. Tzvi Berkovitz, states, “Blood tests were completely normal including those for sugar, cholesterol and fats. The Prime Minister’s blood pressure was normal (120/80), aided by light medication.” The reports notes that “Prime Minister Netanyahu trains several times a week at a […]

The President will speak Friday night at Washington’s largest Conservative synagogue, probably to continue to express his opinion that Israel is racist & Israel should embody “Judeo-Christian”/universal values (as opposed to Jewish values). They’re going to lap it up .

This week ISIS captured two major cities, one in Iraq, one in Syria. Assad’s escape plan revealed.

Israeli Pres. Rivlin expresses deep concern after vandals torch a Bnei Akiva building and synagogue in northern Israel.

More than 70 percent of Muslims in Netherlands reportedly view their brethren fighting the “jihad” in Syria as “heroes.”

Israel rejects a Swiss court decision granting $1.1 billion to Iran after an oil deal went sour after the Islamic Revolution.

Liberman apologizes for describing Netanyahu’s decision to meet with head of Arab Joint Party List as “autistic.”

Former FM Avigdor Liberman slams PM Netanyahu for scheduling talks with the head of the united Arab parties.

More Articles from Jewish Press News Briefs
The Golders Green Eruv

Scotland Yard said it cannot prevent the upcoming neo-Nazi march that is planned for July 4th.

Dead terrorist body in ambulance

The Arab terrorist’s neighbors gathered to greet and cheer the return of the terrorist’s body.

If anyone should be kicked out of FIFA, it is the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas wants to build up their naval terrorists, though it didn’t go so well for them on Zikim beach last summer.

Israel’s cemeteries are running out of room. The next step is a subterranean city of the dead.

Robert Wistrich, considered the world’s leading historian on anti-Semitism, died in Rome late Tuesday from a heart attack. He was 70 years old. He was scheduled to address the Italian Senate on increasing anti–Semitism in Europe. Wistrich was professor of Jewish history at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and headed the university’s Vidal Sassoon International Center […]

Customs agents seized 120 silver rings with Islamic State slogans on them that were meant to be shipped to Ramallah.

Netanyahu: Our first challenge is to ensure the security of Israel in the face of accumulating threats around us.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/aussie-jews-furious-over-rabbis-selective-sex-abuse-apology/2013/02/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: