The marines have a saying: “Kill them all and let G-d sort them out.” The heimish equivalent is the Beis Din game. It’s played by refusing to accept one beis din and offering competing complaints and legalisms until the onlookers get confused and give up thinking they can make sense of the truth. It has been deployed with vengeance to diffuse the scandal of sexual abuse and cover-ups in the seminaries controlled by Elimelech Meisels.
Like a sports newscaster, I’ve been broadcasting the developments. But I realize people are still confused. I hope to shortly post a simple basic summary of the case against Meisels as it now stands. In the meantime, I reject the claim by Daniel Eidensohn, It’s time to move on.- the END!. My thinking is closer to the posting by Harry Maryles who says it is not Time to Move On until the enablers are identified and removed. While I work on the post, I must draw attention to to a witty portrayal of the chulent simmered by the Beis Din game. Check out Of Batei Din, Girls Seminaries, Vulnerable People and the Internet, Part 4. The excerpt below comes from that post.
Until a few months ago sexual abuses by staff and others against its female student bodies was never openly discussed but now it has dragged an ever-increasing number of high-profile rabbis into this very public imbroglio. Count the power rabbis now hotly involved in this, and counting: First there is the guy who set off this radioactive bomb, Elimelech Meisels who was forced to resign in disgrace following allegations of sexual molestation of students at four seminaries that he owned and controlled. There are two other rabbis who as principals it is being alleged that they knew of the abuse and covered it up and covered for their boss’s misdeeds, or turned a blind eye when they should have taken action to oust him and not support him. So that is three rabbis. Then there are the three notable rabbis of the special sex-abuse bais din in Chicago who have issued an advisory warning that the four seminaries are not safe. Then there are the three scholarly rabbis of the special ad hoc bais din that was set up to deal with this problem in Israel (IBD) now protecting the new status quo and at loggerheads with the original CBD over total jurisdiction over the case. That makes it nine rabbis stabbing viciously at each other, via proxy bloggers online, while dancing on hot coals of controversy. Then a few days ago, another five American Aguda rabbis (half of the American “Moetzes” but not on the Aguda stationary) came out saying that:
The situation at the seminaries is “fine” and that three more newly-named rabbis in Israel (not part of the IBD) have acceded to act as overseers of the four seminaries in question. Thus it’s nine rabbis plus eight more rabbis squirming hither and thither making a total of seventeen rabbis as well as two Rebbetzins who have been mentioned as leaders of the seminaries, not to mention that supposedly each seminary has its “to’en” a rabbi (not publicly named so far) who argues on behalf of accused parties or to defend and make arguments on behalf of disputants in front of a bais din, so add four more such rabbis that makes it about twenty one rabbis. At any rate, the names of all seventeen publicly named rabbis are known and it is not encouraging at all as to who they are, as they say “too many cooks spoils the broth”!
Dear parents, if you walked into a room, or a shul or a place supposed to be sacred, and saw for yourself that seventeen well-known prominent Aguda-type rabbis that you knew of were having a huge brawl beating each other up or one group ganging up on another group and going at each other’s throats over the very seminaries or similar ones in Israel that you want to send your daughter/s to, then would you, let alone your daughter, want to go near such a scene???!!!
There is no shalom bayis in the very place you want your daughter to be shaped into a true Bas Yisrael and Aishes Chayil so what kind of person sends his flesh and blood loving child into such a toxic environment? A stupid or reckless one who then cannot turn around say that they were not warned of the problems and dangers that were staring them in the face!
Dear parents, it’s hazardous to your life and health, to your pocket book and to the sexual safety of your precious daughters. Everything you worked for and wanted could, and is for some coming crashing down! Please be advised to keep your tender beautiful daughters away from sexual predators and Bluebeards in such a dangerous and harmful scenario.