One my readers asked me:
Is there anything new regarding the events that culminated in the death of Motty Borger? The story has seemingly disappeared. If in fact there are unseemly aspects to the reported story, this story needs to stay alive. If the Father [Shmuel Borger] has been wrongly accused, then that needs to be known. Itchiemayer (12/7/10)
I stand by by my earlier post about Shmuel Borger. Since November 29 I have received additional confirmation of the allegations. Several key figures in the frum world have arrived at similar conclusions because of old information that came to their attention, new witnesses who came forward, and their interactions with Shmuel Borger. However, no one is willing to come forward to public authorities or be quoted by name. So once again, justice is not being done though we know there is an injustice.
I spoke to Shmuel Borger and he admitted that the police came to his apartment because of a domestic violence complaint. He insisted a hostile landlord initiated the complaint. He also attributed the sex abuse allegations to unnamed enemies who were jealous of his success and talent as a videographer. He has also tried to intimidate individuals into silence with implied threats of violence. Once again these individuals have chosen not to report the facts publicly.
I listened to his lashon horah drashah when he got up from shivah for Motty. I found it strange. It was surreal to see such a suspension of grief and such a high-minded focus on an issue seemingly unrelated to the tragic death of his son. I thought this must be the speech of a saint or a serious sinner. It could not be the speech of an average person.
Now we know what he did not want people to talk about. He does not handle himself like a tzadik in person. Instead, the gentle even tone instantly segues into a threatening voice, or a grandiose self-promoting pronouncement. The one things missing in his manipulative repertoire is either authentic grief or remorse. The menacing grandiose Shmuel Borger is not consistent with the loshon horah tzadik on the tape.
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman of Passaic’s Ahavas Israel said:
The people who know the laws of lashon horah the best are the molesters. Three times in the last year I have told people that if you move into this neighborhood I will have one hundred people in front of your house on the first day protesting. . . . . . [One of the molesters] said, that is lashon horah, and he had lots of klolos and misheberachs (curses and blessings). All of a sudden the laws of loshon horah were so clear; you can’t talk about this!
Boro Park is not Passaic so molesters can move in and they don’t have to move out. Scandalously, there is not one rav in Boro Park willing to serve notice to the public that Shmuel Borger should not be trusted with children even though his work history includes video productions in youth settings and organizing a children’s choir.
Shmuel Borger’s ill-fated lashon harah message was a maudlin attempt to exploit his son’s death and deflect attention from his own indecency. Shmuel urged people avoid lashon horah and let go of petty grievances. He conveniently forgot to mention that it is not lashon horah when things must be said to protect others. The grievances against him were not petty; he is guilty of monstrous acts. I am haunted by Motty’s tormented life and tragic end. I just wish it would get leaders and community members to speak about the evil in our midst.