Which of these acts is OK?
- Eating Quinoa on Passover
- Cheating on Taxes
- Defending a Child Molester
If you chose eating quinoa on Passover you will have to become a Safardi, or switch your allegiance to another group. The Orthodox Union (OU) joined the heimish bandwagon and declared that quinoa is a form of kitniyot. You can’t blame them. It makes more business sense to mess with foodies and vegans on quinoa, a minor kosher certification revenue item, than force their customers to eat their bagels without lox.
If you fervently believe in cheating on taxes you may want to switch your loyalties to another orthodox group because the RCA, the rabbinic arm of the OU terminated Rabbi Dovid Cohen, after he was reported to have delivered a shiur on shabbos saying cheating on taxes is OK. Or, you can stay in the fold but be careful not to be caught saying it publicly.
Here is some good news for those who believe in defending a child molester, you’re an OU sort of Jew. Senior OU Kosher posek Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, still claims Yosef Kolko is innocent even after he pleaded guilty. Belsky is no shrinking violet. After Kolko was arrested he issued a statement defending Kolko, accusing the father of the victim of himself being a molester, and declaring the father a moser and rodef. One thing you can say about Belsky, he never backs down. Chatasi (I sinned) is not part of his vocabulary. To oblige Belsky the OU has manipulated the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), its rabbinic arm, into issuing an inconsistent statement that simultaneously claims it supports victims of abuse but also is in agreement with Rabbi Belsky. This statement omits most of the important points they made in previous statements, like decrying witness intimidation.