Be a Light unto the Nations, Not a Molester Haven


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The Torah calls on us to be a “light unto the nations.” But Israel is an escape destination for diaspora molesters. They come from the US, the UK, Holland, and Australia. They come on last minute flights as cops are closing in. They come on visitor visas and they come as planned olim under the Law of Return. Most of them get the welcome mat.

Mighty Israel can defeat neighbors. Stealthy Israel can assassinate enemies. Brainy Israel can desalinate oceans. Avenging Israel can bring Nazis to justice. But when faced with the justice cries of molested Jewish children, Shimshon Hagibor (Samson the mighty) turns into Shimshon the Nebbish, a hapless, bureaucratically obtuse gaggle of keystone cops.

How could Malka Leifer, a serial child molester facing 74 charges of child sexual abuse in Australia, still be dodging Australia’s 2013 extradition request by faking mental illness?

The answer is negligence if not worse. Leifer showed up for mandated evaluations impersonating a sack of potatoes schlepped in by attendants who claimed she was dependent on them for the most elementary activities of daily life. Nobody thought to check out her actual life where she carried on just fine, first in Bnai Brak and then the West Bank settlement community of Emanuel. Her neighbors saw an active community member, not an incapacitated invalid. There was even photographic evidence of her participation in the May 2017 Lag B’Omer celebrations in Meron.

Malka Leifer on shopping outing

Leifer Goes Shopping

Meanwhile, the extradition court and prosecutors kept allowing her defense to claim she was unable to appear for extradition hearings because of her illness.

When the palace paladins kept failing, salvation came from outside. The anti-abuse, not-for-profit, Jewish Community Watch, hired private investigators to video her public activities during Chanukah 2017. They caught her shopping, doing laundry and spending hours on the phone while pacing on her balcony.  When this was presented to government officials, they finally got off their tuchis, conducted their own similar investigation, and charged her with obstruction of justice, fabricating evidence, and impersonation. This will likely culminate in her extradition.

But why wasn’t the government ever concerned enough to consider this possibility early on? Leifer’s victims could have been spared the anguish, and justice could have been spared the mockery.

Now the government owes Leifer’s victims fastracking of the judicial and extradition process. That is the least they can do by way of amends. But there is more.

They could establish a sex offender registry, so residents can know which of their neighbors were convicted in Israel or abroad, instead of having to depend on blogs, Tweets and Google.

Israel could enforce its basic law and deny entry to persons who constitute a public danger.

scales of justice and childIsrael could succeed in carrying out arrests of folks for whom extradition requests were made, such as Gershon Kranczer and his blind son, Asher, who avoided arrest in NY in 2010 on charges of raping several female relatives by hopping a flight to Israel. How hard can it be to find a Haredi duo where one is blind? If the Brooklyn DA is not pursuing extradition, they could publicize the lapse to up the pressure in the US.

It is time for Israel to be a light unto the nations, a defender of children, instead of a blight on the Jewish world as a haven for molesters.


Why Philadelphia’s MO Kohelet Yeshiva Should Cancel the Pelcovitz Talk

The Philadelphia-area, Modern-orthodox Kohelet Yeshiva prides itself on “Understanding that our responsibilities extend not only to our immediate community, but to broader society as well.” One has to assume that includes a responsible approach to confronting child sex abuse. Kohelet has Dr. David Pelcovitz scheduled give “Tips to Parents… of Teens” on March 7, 2018 (see flyer below). But David Pelcovitz has a terrible record on child sex abuse.

He followed orders from Lakewood not to mention police reporting of abuse, when speaking there. Don’t believe me. Listen to this recording.

Even more outrageous was his defense of Evan Zauder, a modern orthodox yeshiva teacher. According to the FBI:

Evan Zauder, a former sixth-grade teacher at a private school in New Jersey, pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and to receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.

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Yehudis Fletcher Says It All About Her Abuser, Todros Grynhaus, and Says It Well

Rabbi Todros Grynhaus was molesting children from his days in Gateshead’s Yeshiva till he was arrested. He had many victims, but also, prominent Haredi rabbis on three continents who were protecting him.

Todros Grynhaus

Rabbi Todros Grynhaus

Yehudis, one of his teen victims, was the victim whose complaint to the police, finally got him arrested, and after a long ordeal including his flight to Israel, and a hung jury at the first trial, finally got him convicted for abusing two girls and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2015.

In a talk given a few weeks ago in the UK, Yehudis Fletcher eloquently tells the story. But her talk goes far beyond crime and punishment. It is a deeply insightful account of how grooming works to make children vulnerable to sex abuse. She describes the disgraceful and deceitful ways in which abuse is covered up, including lying under oath/affirmation in court. Then there were the pathetic remedies proposed by supposed gedolim to protect girls in lieu of removing the molester from the scenes of his crimes. Continue reading

Satire from the Frum Follies Archives ‘Cause It’s Adar

I started Frum Follies in 2009, intending to fight child sex abuse by mocking the community’s response with satire. Hence the blog name. But serious stuff intervened and compelled me to straight reporting and writing opinion pieces. These days, I don’t post much satire, but occasionally my puckish sense of humor just has to get out. Other times, very real problems are so obviously absurd and satire is the best way to demonstrate this. Whatever the promptings, the lead up to Purim is a good time for satire. Read, enjoy, and share this selection of my satire postings over the years.

Job Openings at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

 New Insane Kosher Certifications

Rabbi Frankfurter Creates the Save a Mamzer Foundation

Train To Become An Internet Goy™

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Breaking- Malka Leifer Arrested in Response to Australian Government Pressure

Malka Leifer molested girls in the Adaas Haredi yeshiva in Melbourne, Australia. When the board of her school thought the cops were closing in on her they acted to fly her out of the country the same day. Since then she has evaded extradition from Israel by feigning mental illness. Recently, the Australian government pressured the Israeli government at the “highest levels.”

Behold, the Israeli government that claimed to be hamstrung by its laws, found a way, and she was arrested according to a report in Y-Net. They do not name her, which is typical of Israeli media restraints when reporting on those not convicted. But it is clearly her based on the description of the allegations and the role of the Australian government.

All we have now is a sketchy report (in Hebrew).  Let’s hope this is will culminate in her return to Australia to face trial. Continue reading

Shmuel Zarzar Arrested for Soliciting Sex with a 12-Year-Old Girl

The US Department of Justice reported (DOJ) the February 1, 2018 arrest of Shmuel Zarzar for soliciting sex from a 12-year-old girl.

Thirty-year-old Zarzar is a resident of Brooklyn who grew up in the orthodox Jewish community and retained some ties to it. According to his LinkedIn profile he is was an “electrical and telecommunications technician” with Shemesh Electric starting in May 2010.

According to the DOJ,

Shmuel Zarzar attempted, through a month-long correspondence, to induce a 12-year-old to have sex with him.  He was arrested yesterday when the meeting he allegedly thought he was having with the child victim turned out to be a meeting with the FBI.

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Busting Some Myths About The Child Victims Act

By Asher Lovy from his blog, Hareini This is a great read if you want to educate yourself about SOL reform or want talking points to use with others– Yerachmiel Lopin

Agudath Yisrael of America, the Catholic Church, and Boy Scouts of America have been fighting fiercely against efforts to eliminate the criminal and civil statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse, and open a one year retroactive window for civil cases that have exceeded their statute of limitation, because they each know full well that for decades they’ve been responsible for the abuse of countless children, and the coverup of those crimes. It should be noted that an institution is only civilly liable for abuse that happens within the institution if they were complicit in covering it up, or were alerted to abuse and failed to act appropriately.
That means, contrary to what Agudath Israel of Americathe Catholic Church, and Boy Scouts of America want you to believe, that if abuse happened in an institution, and the teacher was suspended or fired pending a police investigation following an immediate report to authorities, the institution is not at all liable. Institutions are only liable if they were complicit in covering it up.

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