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Norman Lamm Quits Yeshiva University

Rabbi Norman Lamm became president of Yeshiva U. in 1976 , helped save it from bankruptcy and raised its academic standing, At 85, he admits he must do tshvuah over a sex abuse scandal and is retiring.
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Rabbi Norman Lamm of Yeshiva University

Rabbi Norman Lamm of Yeshiva University

Gordon told the Forward he had “no recollection” of the toothbrush incident and said he had not conducted himself inappropriately.

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10 Responses to “Norman Lamm Quits Yeshiva University”

  1. A heroic admission from Rabbi Lamm. He has set the standard for others.

  2. Don’t know what to say. I hope changes can be made and that people especially Jewish leaders will step up and not let abuse happen! I hope Rabbi Lamm can work with people who have been abused and begin healing for them and himself.

  3. I agree with previous comments, but I wish he had come to his conclusion a little closer to the time of the incidents. I hope it inspires teshuva in a timely fashion for us all when needed.

  4. Anonymous says:

    After reading Dr. Norman Lamm's statement, I want all the people who were allegedly sexually abused at YU to know that in late December I was posting on other sites that I supported their right to take the issue to court. I wrote that after reading up on sexual abuse cases and speaking to many who contacted him, he understood why neither the victims nor their parents spoke up. He wanted this known after seeing today's article by Dr. Lamm. You are welcome to investigate his comments published on other sites six months ago. Rabbi Rosenberg encourages YU, its leadership to offer a sincere apology for what happened to these victims. RABBI ROSENBERG also encourages the RCA to make a similar statement regarding their members who either looked away or shook off complaints. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  5. Anonymous says:

    CORRECTION: After reading Dr. Norman Lamm's statement, I want all the people who were allegedly sexually abused at YU to know that in late December I was posting on other sites that I supported their right to take the issue to court. I wrote that after reading up on sexual abuse cases and speaking to many who contacted him, I understood why neither the victims nor their parents spoke up.I encourages YU, its leadership to offer a sincere apology for what happened to these victims. I also encourages the RCA to make a similar statement regarding their members who either looked away or shook off complaints. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  6. It is time for healing. Wish this statement would have been made earlier. Sexual abuse of any kind must not be allowed and we can not blame the victim. I TOO had to learn this truth and apologize for not understanding earlier. It was the victims who taught me. Apologies should be made and mechila asked. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  7. It is time for healing. Wish this statement would have been made earlier. Sexual abuse of any kind must not be allowed and we can not blame the victim. I TOO had to learn this truth and apologize for not understanding earlier. It was the victims who taught me. Apologies should be made and mechila asked. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  8. I believe Rabbi Lamm is the kapurah hin, THE SACRIFICIAL CHICKEN OF YOM Kippur. He is sacrificing everything for the sake of YESHIVA UNIVERSITY. THAT WAS MY INITIAL REACTION WHEN I DEFENDED Y.U. I was wrong. Those molested deserve there day in court. However there are many who need to be punished and dismissed from the board. Rabbi lamm is a brilliant scholar and leader and has sacrificed for the Y.U. He is frail and just lost his daughter. The family should be left alone. To me Rabbi Lamm will also remain Y.u's savior. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  9. Driving to teach Public Speaking at Yeshiva College last year, I received a call stating that the speech department is closing at YU. I was the first speech major at Yeshiva College in 1969 and together with Dr. Abraham Tauber of Blessed memory created the first speech department at Yeshiva College. I have taught at Yeshiva College in the 70's, 80's and in the last 4 years. What is not working at Yeshiva College? Why is enrollment down? Why are students unhappy and leaving? According to my observations, shiurim are too large and Rebbes are unable to develop close relationships with students. How much do the administrators and officers make? You would be astonished. Why fire talented adjuncts while keeping full teachers who are not evaluated and cannot teach? Consider the YU nepotism which gives untalented people jobs. There seem to be a lot of people running around doing nothing and getting paid. The cafeteria food is terrible and costs too much. Students are overworked with religious requirements which make it impossible to devote enough time to secular work. This has to be reevaluated. Finally, where is the YU spirit of Torah Umada? Where is our pride?
    We are not Harvard, Yale, or Columbia. Let us be YU. A college without art, music, speech, drama, is not even an advanced high school.
    Rabbi DR. Bernhard Rosenberg 5 FAIRHILL RD. EDISON NJ. 732 572 2766.
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  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F8BZHn8De8 SAVE YESHIVA UNIVERSITY, RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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