Rabbi Kenneth (Kenny) Brander, Yeshiva University’s (YU) Vice President responsible for students has announced
On the advice of its lawyers all YU administrators, board members and attorneys have been instructed to alter the verbal formula of the confessional text, al chet. The revised text is one line: “For sins we have committed which on the advice of our lawyers, we are not free to discuss in detail…”
On the plus side, like its report on sex abuse, the unpleasant business of confessing will be very short, leaving everyone additional hours to sermonize about ethics. However those who feel a spiritual need for long liturgies during these holy days are free to recite the entire 40+ pages of the YU policy on preventing abuse.
The ever-so efficient modern orthodox YU has streamlined the process of teshuvah (repentance) going straight from minimalist confession to absolution-through-resolutions. Gone is that tedious business of confessing, offering compensation, and begging forgiveness. In keeping with its philosophy of Torah Umada, YU has decided to opt for the mada (secular knowledge) of NYS’s statute of limitations on civil suits for child sex abuse in preference to Torah which has no statute of limitations on such claims.
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