RCA Is Wrong When It Says, “Belsky Agrees With Us”

According to the Asbury Park Press, Rabbi Yisroel Belsky said,

“When your child tells you something, you don’t go straight to a prosecutor, you go to a Bais Din and let them examine the (evidence).”

In connection with the recent guilty plea of Yosef Kolko, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) reported,

Rabbi Belsky informed us that he favors the reporting of credible suspicions of abuse directly to the civil authorities without the need to seek prior rabbinic permission.

Can someone tell me how to reconcile those two statements.

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8 thoughts on “RCA Is Wrong When It Says, “Belsky Agrees With Us”

  1. Unfortunately, not the only dichotomy in RCA statements.

    Here http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4393762,00.html the RCA states

    “We trembled upon hearing the terrible things Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said in regards to his honor,” RCA President Shmuel Goldin and Vice President Leonard Matanky wrote in Hebrew to Rabbi Stav.

    In the latest Kolko case it would have been completely appropriate to see:

    “We trembled upon hearing the terrible things Rabbi Belskey said in regards to his honor,” RCA President Shmuel Goldin and Vice President Leonard Matanky wrote in Hebrew to Rabbi S. (father of Kolko’s victim).

  2. Sure! Kvar hayu leolamim. “Shvor et hachavit, ushmor et yeyno”. BTW, does anyone know how the Satmar rebi, Baal Divrei Yoel dealt with these molestors, Rodef or Mesira? I’m sure it happened in his dtimes just as well.

  3. You cannot reconcile the two.
    Belsky was threatened with his job so he changed his mind (which is a good thing).

      • In Rabbi Edelstein’s blog (http://daattorah.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/rca-issues-clarification-of-its.html) Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, President of the RCA, and Rabbi Mark Dratch, Executive Vice President of the RCA are quoted as stating: “When asked for clarification of his opinion concerning the reporting of suspicions of abuse in general, Rabbi Belsky informed us that he favors the reporting of credible suspicions of abuse directly to the civil authorities without the need to seek prior rabbinic permission. Upon our request, Rabbi Belsky recorded this position in writing in a letter sent to us and publicized a week after our meeting. Many feel that this is a significant achievement.”

        Mr Lopin, it may be an inconvenient truth that Belsky has changed his erstwhile held view, but if you doubt that this is the case then why don’t you call Belsky up on the telephone and ask him if he has been misrepresented by Rabbis Goldin and Dratch?

    • His job was in jeopardy already when he gave a psak [ruling] on Doheny meat, that anything stamped after the sale of the company to his son-in-law, is kosher. According to the Shu”A, it does have negius [conflict of interest]. It does not conform even with Al pi derech Hayashar vehatov/ veheyissem nekiyim either. Having said that, there is no need to resign because of outside contradictions of how to deal with molestors, let alone deot of to be mevaze Talmid Chacham berabim, which even according to himself, the need to get a heter from a Posek has been complied, yored imoy lechayov man dechar shmei, but just facts of his bassar kasher in and of itself has been compromised. Im ken, why is RCA so desperate having such a posek. This is the epitome of Poseach al shnei heseifim, veyaniu amot hasipim in at least three separate issues. A psak needs to be chad vechalak just like meat, when stamped “Glatt’ chad vechalak, as well as the Sakin schita also need be chad vechalak, velo bitrei anpin. We the people, plead with the RCA to return Kvod haTorah al mekomo, bemakom sheyesh chilul Hashem ein cholkin kavod …..

      TEA TIME- I appreciate your comments but you have to stop sock puppeting, using different pseudonyms on different comments. Pick one pseudonym and stick to it or I will reluctantly start blocking your comments. Yerachmiel Lopin, Web Maven and Baal HaBlog. Todah!

  4. If so, when did this “change happen and why? The position supposedly attributed to Bellsky stands in contradiction to his writing a letter saying Rabbi S. is “Harav Hamoser.” (the rabbi, the snitch) which condemned him for violating halachah and being subject to all sanctions that can be applied to such. All Rabbi S did was report a credible suspicion. Had the trial proceeded, four other rabbis would have reported that Yosef Kolko also confessed his molesting to them. That counts as a credible suspicion.

    Morever, Rabbi Goldin in his eagerness to paper over differences denies that Rabbi Belsky called rabbi S. a molester in spite of a public record of the fact. Rabbi Goldin attempted to evade that issue in his exchange of letters with Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn. See http://www.daattorah.blogspot.com/2013/06/rabbi-shmuel-goldin-president-of-rca.html. Either Rabbi Goldin never read the original letter that Belsky issued about the Kolko case or Rabbi Goldin was deliberately misrepresenting it.

    Rabbi Belsky’s letter does not explicitly say “ALL credible suspicions can and should be reported to the police and do not require any rabbinic consultation or ruling before preceding.” He merely said, once, I was consulted and approved reporting.

    Rabbi Belsky is an exceptionally bright posek, one of the brightest. He knows how to write a letter to make things clear and he knows how to write a lettter that obscures differences. In this case he obscured the differences.

    If the leadership of the RCA and the could not get him to be clearer, do you you really think I would do bettter. But be my guest and contact him. Just ask a simple clear question. “Can anyone who has any reasonable suspicion go straight to the police without having to consult with a rabbi?”

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