The Forward has published yet another article about Yeshiva University’s dismal handling of George Finkelstein, a molesting principal, of their Manhattan Boy’s High School, MTA. It took them a long time to fire him in spite of complaints by many students to many administrators and lay board members. Even after firing him they did not notify another high school that hired him. When asked by others considering hiring him they did not share what they knew about him. He went on from his next job to a prestigious rabbinical job in Israel as Rabbi of a major synagogue. YU has now announced that they have hired an outside law firm to investigate and to make policy recommendations I hope they really mean it. Alas, their handling of this case is already a shameful blot on YU’s reputation. Unless heads roll at the end of this investigation, no amount of sweet talk will sanitize their reputation.
YU defenders should not start saying, “We are better than Satmar” It would be true, but as ridiculous as advertising a Cadillac as “Better than a Yugo.”