Michoel Macher, Special Corespondent for the Jewish Depress
Rabbi Jacob Perlow, Head of the Moetzes of Agudath Israel of America advised his members not to call 911 even if chased by a knife wielding murderer. He explained that this leads to confusion about mesirah (snitching). If people can take it upon themselves to decide when to call 911 on potential murderers they may also decide on their own to call the authorities about molesters. Instead they should call Hatzalah, the Shomrim or their personal posek. Hatzalah and Shomrim will in turn consult, as needed, with poskim. Before calling 911 a determination needs to be made whether the threat comes from a Jew or a non-Jew, whether that person can be induced to do tshuvah, and whether the potential assailant is likely to do this again. Rabbi Perlow declared, “These are complicated questions beyond dass baalabatim (the knowledge of lay people). Instead frum Jews should rely on daas torah, most of which is concentrated inside the Moetzes.
Rabbi Perlow assured this reporter that responses to question will be delivered on a timely basis. However, he emphasized that there is some tradeoff between quick decisions and good decisions. He recognized that the wait can be excruciating for someone in middle of being stabbed 59 times in his abdomen but consoled them with the thought that those who sacrifice for torah observance will eventually be rewarded. For the stabbing victim that reward might come very quickly.
Shomrim representative Mr Yitzchok Shpeter said he would share videos with the police when halachically justified and when it would not hurt any marriages. He was asked about whether he would turn over tapes when a husband killed a wife. He evaded the question and said, “You are showing a negative outlook. We try to be positive and concentrate on shalom bayis (marital harmony).” He angrily terminated the interview Continue reading
I am dispensing with the word alleged since he admitted sexual activity with her but dismissed it as ““She was 14 going on 35, and I never forced her.” However, there is no such thing as consent between a minor and an adult. Sara Kabakov (who has chosen to reveal her identity) describes a very non-consensual series of assaults on many occasions in her lawsuit.
Gafni, whose name at the time was Mordechai Winiarz, had access to Sara because he was her family’s houseguest on Sabbaths when he came down from Yeshiva University where he was a rabbinical student to do youth work at the Lincoln Square Synagogue on the west side of Manhattan, miles from the uptown campus of Yeshiva University.
Yeshiva University is being sued along with Gafni himself.
The New York Post reported the lawsuit yesterday (3/4/20).
See all other Frum Follies posts on Gafni here.
Sock Puppeting is using different names by the same person so they can exagerate the number of people who hold a position. Someone just tried it to defend R. Bender of 5T. I deleted all of those comments. DON’T SOCK PUPPET!
The person lecturing me was mis representing the dinim of loshon horah but apparently has no problem with geneivas daas.
It endlessly frustrates me to encounter rabbinical coverups. Even when Haredi rabbis are given convincing evidence of sexual abuse of children by a rabbinical colleague they usually do not warn their public to avoid the offender. This is true even for the most severe violations of halacha (i.e., d’oraisa) such as raping teen boys or girls. Continue reading