The Munkatcher Rebbe (R. Moshe Leib Rabinovich) continued his war on mesirah (snitching) during his drashah (sermon) for akdamos on shavuos when he decried the presence of mosrim (snitches) in the community. He said hashem (G-da) will nokem (take revenge on) them and they will come to no good end. He made it clear he was not claiming ruach hakodosh (divine inspiration) but just saying what is in the Torah.
On the previous Shabbos afternoon, parshas bamidbar, on the yarzeit of his grandfather, the Minchas Elazar, he denounced those who commit mesirah (informing) and even have the chutzpah to think it is a mitzvah. He declared it one of the major problems facing Jews in America.
He was probably talking about the witness against Boruch Lebovits who was recently sentenced to 10-32 years for molesting a teenager he picked up in the Munkatch beis medresh (synagogue). After the trial the father of the witness was harassed when he tried to daven (pray) at Munkatch. His tallis (prayer shawl) was pulled off and he was pushed out of the shul (synagogue).
The Munkatcher Rav’s position about a serial molester like Lebovits stands in sharp contrast to leading chareidi poskim (ultra-orthodox Jewish law decisors) such as Rav Elyashiv, Rav Moshe Sternbuch and Rav Moshe Halberstam zatzal who have all ruled that a serial molester who cannot be stopped from repeating his acts is a rodef (dangerous pursuer) Accordingly one should turn them in to the police to protect others from harm. The two most recent issues of Yeschurun, the quarterly halachah journal, were devoted to this issue and included many articles taking this position. A number of these articles were summarized in the Daas Torah blog of Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn of Har Nof. Only the Ungvarer Rav, R Menashe Klein, has argued differently.
Sadly, when parents approach poskim about going to the police they are often discouraged. The issue is usually not halachah. Instead parents are discouraged on the grounds that it will hurt shidduchim. If the parent persists they get a heter but they are told not to quote the source of the psak.
It is a scandal that at a time when we need to confront the mageyfah of child molesting more rabbonim are not openly supporting those families with the courage to pursue prosecution of molesters. These few families have taken on the burden of protecting all of our children. We owe them a yasher koach, not insults or tepid tolerance.