The Times of Israel reports the judicial ruling that Malka Leifer is mentally fit to face an extradition hearing which is scheduled for July 20, 2020. Leifer stands accused in Australia of sexually abusing 3 sisters when she was principal of the Adaas girls high school in Melbourne. Just as the allegations got known the Adass board shipped her out on an early morning flight to Israel where she has since dodged extradition requests by faking mental illness. Israel’s anti abuse advocate, Shana Aaronson together with colleagues, hired a private investigator who documented a well functioning Leifer going about all sorts of tasks in spite of claims she could not do any of those. The other party to the fraud was the then Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman who acting on the behest of the Ger/Gur Hasidic group, exerted pressure on psychologists to go along with a false diagnosis of incapacity. Litzman is now being investigated for corruption in connection with this fraud. (He is still in the government but now heads the housing ministry). Continue reading
Michoel Macher, Special Corespondent for the Jewish Depress
Rabbi Jacob Perlow, Head of the Moetzes of Agudath Israel of America advised his members not to call 911 even if chased by a knife wielding murderer. He explained that this leads to confusion about mesirah (snitching). If people can take it upon themselves to decide when to call 911 on potential murderers they may also decide on their own to call the authorities about molesters. Instead they should call Hatzalah, the Shomrim or their personal posek. Hatzalah and Shomrim will in turn consult, as needed, with poskim. Before calling 911 a determination needs to be made whether the threat comes from a Jew or a non-Jew, whether that person can be induced to do tshuvah, and whether the potential assailant is likely to do this again. Rabbi Perlow declared, “These are complicated questions beyond dass baalabatim (the knowledge of lay people). Instead frum Jews should rely on daas torah, most of which is concentrated inside the Moetzes.
Rabbi Perlow assured this reporter that responses to question will be delivered on a timely basis. However, he emphasized that there is some tradeoff between quick decisions and good decisions. He recognized that the wait can be excruciating for someone in middle of being stabbed 59 times in his abdomen but consoled them with the thought that those who sacrifice for torah observance will eventually be rewarded. For the stabbing victim that reward might come very quickly.
Shomrim representative Mr Yitzchok Shpeter said he would share videos with the police when halachically justified and when it would not hurt any marriages. He was asked about whether he would turn over tapes when a husband killed a wife. He evaded the question and said, “You are showing a negative outlook. We try to be positive and concentrate on shalom bayis (marital harmony).” He angrily terminated the interview Continue reading
Yesterday was a great day for 21-year-old, Hasidic pervert Menachem Deutsch. Two years ago it looked like he was going to spend a lot of time upstate. As reported in the Friday June 24th, 2011 New York Post headline, this “Brooklyn Sicko Lured Young Boys into Shul, Then Molested Them.”
The first victim, who turned 12 on Wednesday [June 22], was walking home from school at around 4 p.m. when he was approached by an unidentified man at Simcha Hall, a… shul [that] serves members of the Belz sect… [one of the largest Hasidic groups in Borough Park]. Continue reading
I have reposted “Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Levin’s Close Call With Justice” which I first posted in August, 2014, because of the eerie similarities of the Yisroel Bodkins case in North Miami Beach to the recently announced defamation lawsuit by Rabbi Shmuel (Steven) Krawatsky against blogger/anti-abuse activist Chaim Levin and two sets of parents whose children reported their alleged abuse to the police and protective services.
In both cases, we have popular yeshiva teachers who loved spending time with kids even on their off hours. In both cases, several parents brought their children to the authorities to report these yeshiva teachers for sexual abuse of boys while they were working in summer camps. In both cases the official responses were inconclusive but the teachers lost their jobs. In both cases a variety of community leaders, including the heads of the schools that fired them, nevertheless publicly insisted on their innocence of child molesting. And in both cases funds were raised for lawyers to uphold the claims of innocence.
In the end, Bodkins withdrew his lawsuit when the pre-trial discovery process, including depositions, exposed how insiders who indeed assumed Bodkins’ guilt acquiesced to rabbinical pressure to protect his reputation. I expect the exact same thing to happen with Krawatsky’s lawsuit.
I believe it is a PR stunt which will evaporate long before it even gets close to a trial. But, if it ever makes it to trial, I believe it will strip away the ambiguities of the case and demolish claims by Krawatsky and his backers.