Kenny Brander Announces YU’s Special Edition of “Al Chet” (satire)

YU Pres. Richard Joel &  Pres. Emeritus Norman Lamm

YU Pres. Richard Joel &
Pres. Emeritus Norman Lamm

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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2 thoughts on “Kenny Brander Announces YU’s Special Edition of “Al Chet” (satire)

  1. y,
    Couldn’t say it better. A point they have been missing from the start. This is a Yeshiva teaching Torah. What better way to teach than to see the teachers, administrators, and board all in concert; hiding, silent, and yet, losing the battle. Now they know exactly what not to do in the future. Lesson learned. Like mom told you when you were a kid, “just do the right thing”. So let’s do the right thing for these victims, the Yeshiva, and the MO culture and get back to Gemara and physics (might want to add a course in mussar).

  2. Yechiel – In a prior thread last week you asked for an update on Baruch Lanner’s reporting obligations. This is what I found:

    Baruch Lanner is no longer on probation. According to the National Sex Offender registry, once an offender passes probation, there are no Federal restrictions on where they can live or congregate. Lanner is listed on the national registry web site. The only residual restrictions, if there are any, are up to each state that the offender may be found in.

    Lanner lives in Elizabeth, NJ which is in Union County. If you search his name on the Union County sex offender web site, his name will not show up. I spoke to a prosecutor in the Union County sex crimes unit and she told me that New Jersey has 3 tiers of sex offenders – tiers 1,2 and 3. Tier 3 always gets listed on the offender registry web site, tier 1 never does and tier 2 is at the judge’s discretion.

    I asked her if Lanner could be registered as a sex offender in NJ but not be listed on the web site and she said yes. I then asked her if she could confirm that he’s registered in NJ and she wouldn’t tell me because I’m not in law enforcement. I guess NJ doesn’t want anyone to know where the sex offenders in the state live. I asked her if he was allowed to live in areas where children congregate and she said that all sex offenders in NJ who have completed probation can live wherever they want, regardless of their tier level.

    Florida has different registry laws. I spoke to the Florida sex offender registry office and they said that Lanner is registered in Florida. http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/flyer.do?personId=39003

    Florida law is that once you get on the list, you never come off. Any time Lanner comes to Florida, he must register. If anyone sees him in Florida, they should call the police and ask the police if he registered. If he didn’t, he will be arrested if the police know where to find him.

    A different issue – I have been informed that there is a single male who frequently goes to the playgrounds, tennis courts and pools of the different neighborhoods in the Boca Raton Synagogue area. I was told that he seeks out young boys and will stare silently at them for long periods of time. I asked a detective at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office Sexual Predator Tracking unit what should be done if someone sees this man doing this.

    She said the police should be called. Her unit wants to have law enforcement contact this man. The officer will determine if a violation has occurred and get the man’s information and check him out. She said that it is probably not a violation to stare at young boys for long periods of time but her unit definitely wants to have him “on our radar screen”.

    The contact information for her unit is:
    http://www.pbso.org/index.cfm?fa=sexualpredators

    You can also click on a link on their web site (on the upper left of the page) and sign up for an automatic alert if a sex offender moves into your neighborhood. Currently, there are 4 registered sex offenders within 1 mile of BRS. You can also get an alert for a specific person that you want to be notified of.

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