In February, Rabbi Aryeh Goodman of East Brunswick, New Jersey, was charged with using an underage prostitute. Earlier this week the US Department of Justice (NJ office) took over the case and charged Goodman with sex trafficking. The 35-year-old repeatedly transported the girl over state lines in 2015 for their encounters, making it a federal crime. Continue reading
Hanging in the place of honor, in front of the Torah ark, is a paroches (curtain) donated by convicted child molester, Daniel (Gug) Hayman. On the last line of the embroidered gold dedication is his name in Hebrew.
Hayman’s crimes were covered up for many years by Chabad in Australia, and the subsequent cover up was faciliated by Debbie Fox, who heads Magen Yeladim (children’s shield).
According to the Australian Jewish News, when he was a 24 year-old counselor in a Jewish camp he molested a child he lured off into the woods and engaged in prolonged skin-to-skin contact of a sexual nature. He was convicted of “indecent assault” of a fourteen-year-old boy. Hayman also made payments in the past to buy secrecy and immunity from civil suits. Continue reading
The defendants filed today (4/2/18) for a dismissal of the defamation suit of Baltimore Rabbi Shmuel (Steven) Krawatsky and his wife Shira against the Avrunins, activist Chaim Levin, and another couple who all accused R. Krawatsky of molesting young boys. Continue reading
Phillip Kravetsky, 51 charged: If you have any info about man employed as family counsellor charged in ongoing sexual assault investigation relating to children in Toronto call police 416-808-2922 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477
On his LinkedIn listing, Phillip C Kravetsky is described as a psychotherapist/mediator and “Owner at Durham Region Family Law Support Services” in Toronto.
On Thursday (3/8/18) I wrote Info@MigdalOhr. org:
Subject: The Shonda [scandal] of Misplaced Mercy
The entire world was shocked by yesterday’s intervention in the court case of a molester of over ten heimish [orthodox] girls. Rav Grossman speaks of pity for Malka Leifer. Does Rav Grossman have so little interest in the metzius [substantive facts] of her crimes that he does not think of her victims who suffer terribly and even attempt suicide because Leifer seduced innocent girls into all sorts of maasei [acts of] Sodom?
Any man, even an adam choshuv [distinguished man] can make a mistake. But Rav Grossman does this over and over for molesters including Mordechai Elon, Eliezer Berland and Ben Zion Sobel. We are talking about people whose actions were condemned by gedolim [great Torah leaders] like Rav Eliezer Man Shach z”l, Rav Elya Svei z”l, and Rav Aaron Lichtenstein z”l.
I used to admire Rav Grossman but now I will warn everyone to avoid him and condemn him. There is a mageyfah [plague] of child sex abuse in frum kehilot [orthodox communities]. Where is his achrayis [responsibility] to fight it? Where is his attention to this terrible problem that hurts about one out of every five children?
Has the disco rabbi not learned by now that some of his lost children ended up that way because sex abuse? Does he not realize it also happens to frum [orthodox] children?
I beg you, Rav Grossman. Please change your position, end this chilul hashem [desecration of G-d’s name], and fight for the children whose lives are destroyed by reshaim [evil people].
המרחם על אכזרים סופו שיתאכזר לרחמנים
[He who has mercy on the cruel will up being cruel to the merciful]
This morning (Mon, 3/12/18) they replied:
Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman informed the parties this morning, Monday 12/03, that he is unable to assist in Malka Leifer’s legal case.
Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, Israel Prize recipient, has dedicated, and continues to dedicate, his life to assisting the disadvantaged, families at need, at-risk children and youth, rehabilitating newly repatriated inmates, and any other person in trouble, all of this out of a concern for the maintenance of a healthy society.
The Rabbi has responded to every plea of humanitarian assistance of any kind, and so he did when he was called upon to assist in the hearing on Malka Leifer’s matter.
As the Rabbi discovered that the assistance he had agreed to provide as an alternative to arrest for the solution of the problem facing the court, has been interpreted as supporting an attempt to avoid trial, he decided that it would not be appropriate for him to be involved. Therefore, he has notified the parties that he unable to assist in the aforementioned matter.
Rabbi Grossman has dedicated his life to protecting the weak, especially children, and sees child abuse as the worst of all injustices. The Rabbi recognizes the pain and suffering of the victims of sexual assault, and has treated them with dedication and care for many years.
Comment: If, as claimed here, Rabbi Grossman was misinformed, he owes it to the public to tell us who misinformed him. If the court, as claimed by Grossman in a public statement, he owes it to the public to state the name of the source and exactly what they said. If not them, he owes an apology for falsely claiming it was the court, and he should admit that he is unduly influenced by biased sources intent on protecting this monstrous abuser.
The extradition court decision to release Malka Leifer into house arrest under the custody of Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, Chief Rabbi of Migdal Ha’emek is now moot. The offer was made by Rabbi Grossman on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, and accepted by the extradition judge, Ran Vinoger, on the spot. However, it was put on hold by Supreme Court Justice George Karas’ injunction, pending review. Now the offer is withdrawn, eliminating that possibility.
The court, will now continue the three-year-long process of deciding on the Australian extradition request based on charges of 74 counts of abusing girls at the Adaas Yisroel school in Melbourne. It will now return to addressing her mental fitness to participate in the process. For over three years, the court has accepted her attorney’s claim that she suffered from mental illness that made it impossible. However, that claim was demolished by investigations showing she was faking illness and was quite able and active. Hearings will resume later in the month.
Below is the statement issued yesterday night (3/11/18) by Rabbi Grossman withdrawing his offer to host her under house arrest. Continue reading
Once again, Malka Leifer is out of the court’s custody, and the three and half year battle to extradite her to Australia to be tried for molesting children suffered another setback.
This time, two factors converged. The court gave the defense more time because the psychiatric report deeming her fit for extradition hearings is still not signed. Meanwhile, a prominent rabbi pleaded mercy for her and promised to assure she will not flee. So she was released into his custody, without even waiting for a ruling on the matter by a higher court.
The rabbi, Yitzchok Grossman has made a career of defending sex offenders on the lam.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland fled from Israel to Morocco, then to Holland and then to the Republic of South Africa (with a few other stops on the way). Grossman went to South Africa to plea for his release from custody due to hardships. Thankfully Berland was not released, did get extradited, and served jail time for rape.
Why the hell should the court defer to Grossman? Why the hell was the court not cracking down on the psychiatrist who still had not signed the report? Why the hell was the court oblivious to the likelihood that Leifer was faking mental illness over the last years?
By now, I am unable to believe that we are dealing with mere incompetence. I am inclined to believe that Leifer’s defenders in the Haredi establishment (particularly the Ger Hasidic movement) have influenced and corrupted this process.
Every major Australian newspaper is running stories about this shocking development. Israel needs a reputation for operating under the rule of law, and being a sanctuary for persecuted jews, not a get out of jail card for child rapists.
I know that Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman is an esteemed figure. But at this moment, I have nothing but contempt for him. But Grossman is merely a player. The fullest condemnation must fall on the Israeli court system. It failed, again.
Perhaps it will eventually succeed in at least conducting an extradition hearing over three years since it was requested, and a decade after Leifer first fled Australia. But right now it has lost the right to claim our respect. Perhaps they can partially redeem themselves. Let us hope so.