On Thursday (3/8/18) I wrote Info@MigdalOhr. org:
Subject: The Shonda [scandal] of Misplaced Mercy
The entire world was shocked by yesterday’s intervention in the court case of a molester of over ten heimish [orthodox] girls. Rav Grossman speaks of pity for Malka Leifer. Does Rav Grossman have so little interest in the metzius [substantive facts] of her crimes that he does not think of her victims who suffer terribly and even attempt suicide because Leifer seduced innocent girls into all sorts of maasei [acts of] Sodom?
Any man, even an adam choshuv [distinguished man] can make a mistake. But Rav Grossman does this over and over for molesters including Mordechai Elon, Eliezer Berland and Ben Zion Sobel. We are talking about people whose actions were condemned by gedolim [great Torah leaders] like Rav Eliezer Man Shach z”l, Rav Elya Svei z”l, and Rav Aaron Lichtenstein z”l.
I used to admire Rav Grossman but now I will warn everyone to avoid him and condemn him. There is a mageyfah [plague] of child sex abuse in frum kehilot [orthodox communities]. Where is his achrayis [responsibility] to fight it? Where is his attention to this terrible problem that hurts about one out of every five children?
Has the disco rabbi not learned by now that some of his lost children ended up that way because sex abuse? Does he not realize it also happens to frum [orthodox] children?
I beg you, Rav Grossman. Please change your position, end this chilul hashem [desecration of G-d’s name], and fight for the children whose lives are destroyed by reshaim [evil people].
המרחם על אכזרים סופו שיתאכזר לרחמנים
[He who has mercy on the cruel will up being cruel to the merciful]
This morning (Mon, 3/12/18) they replied:
Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman informed the parties this morning, Monday 12/03, that he is unable to assist in Malka Leifer’s legal case.
Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, Israel Prize recipient, has dedicated, and continues to dedicate, his life to assisting the disadvantaged, families at need, at-risk children and youth, rehabilitating newly repatriated inmates, and any other person in trouble, all of this out of a concern for the maintenance of a healthy society.
The Rabbi has responded to every plea of humanitarian assistance of any kind, and so he did when he was called upon to assist in the hearing on Malka Leifer’s matter.
As the Rabbi discovered that the assistance he had agreed to provide as an alternative to arrest for the solution of the problem facing the court, has been interpreted as supporting an attempt to avoid trial, he decided that it would not be appropriate for him to be involved. Therefore, he has notified the parties that he unable to assist in the aforementioned matter.
Rabbi Grossman has dedicated his life to protecting the weak, especially children, and sees child abuse as the worst of all injustices. The Rabbi recognizes the pain and suffering of the victims of sexual assault, and has treated them with dedication and care for many years.
Comment: If, as claimed here, Rabbi Grossman was misinformed, he owes it to the public to tell us who misinformed him. If the court, as claimed by Grossman in a public statement, he owes it to the public to state the name of the source and exactly what they said. If not them, he owes an apology for falsely claiming it was the court, and he should admit that he is unduly influenced by biased sources intent on protecting this monstrous abuser.