Sadly, Purim often leads to a spike in child sexual abuse. Alcohol is common factor in many incidents. Given to children it renders them more vulnerable. Consumed by adults, it disinhibits them. Worse, in the aftermath, the alcohol is used as an excuse and leads to the thinking that this is a one-time thing so it should not be prosecuted. Continue reading
By Yerachmiel Lopin and Enigma4u
How often have you wondered
- Does that potential shidduch carry any diseases or yichus defects?
- Is that new produce item Ha’etz or Ha’adama?
- Is my mezuzah kosher or silk screened in China?
- Is that stain rechem or hemorrhoids?
- Is that rash on my baby herpes from the mohel?
- Can I fulfill mochoh timcheh on my goy neighbor because he is mamash Amalek?
- Is my butcher pulling a Monsey Moshe Finkel?
Are you tired of shlepping your UGG’s to the Shatnez lab and the bedikah cloth to the rav? Are you losing sleep and time worrying about that proposed shidduch?
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Yehudis Fletcher is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who testified against her abuser and has written about it. She does it to educate and to start the necessary conversation. She has sometimes succeeded but also encountered some weird stuff which illuminates the deficits in discourse about abuse.
She writes eloquently about that in her recent blog post in Britain’s Jewish News, On abuse, we haven’t even started talking. Below are some choice quotes, but treat yourself to her full article. Continue reading
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Shlomo Carlebach welcomed me in front of his musical performance saying Support Women Rabbis. I was mesmerized, encouraged, amazed by his kindness and stories of how he saved so many. Continue reading
To the survivors who were hurt by my errors, please know how grieved I am. Some will question whether the force of public pressure explains the timing of my statement and its public nature. In all candor, this pressure is no doubt part of that explanation. That fact should serve to encourage survivors and their advocates to maintain such pressure. (emphasis added by YL)
This is from a statement of apology for mishandling abuse allegations about Pastor CJ Mahaney of Sovereign Grace Churches. The author is R. Albert Mohler Jr, the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention and the largest Baptist seminary with some three thousand students. So this is a very big deal.
According to the New York Times, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear,
Thanked the news media for “shining a light on the magnitude of this horrific sin,” and reminded his fellow pastors that journalists are “not our enemy.”
“We need to regard any exposure, any shining of light on abuse, as our friend, even if it makes us ask some uncomfortable questions about ourselves,” he said. “The safety of victims is more important than the reputation of Southern Baptists.”
He also called on Southern Baptists to repent for “a culture that has made abuse, cover-ups and evading accountability far too easy,” and for thinking that clergy sexual abuse is “a Catholic problem” or a “corrupt Hollywood problem.”
Rabbi Druckman, Agudah, and other orthodox leaders can take some lessons from the Southern Baptists.
Some of the worst sex abuse scandals in the orthodox Jewish world involved rabbis in kiruv (outreach), gittin (religious divorce) and geirus (conversion). Think of Leib Tropper, Baruch Lanner, Barry Freundel, Nechemya Weberman, Ephraim Bryks, Mordechai Tendler, Shlomo Carlebach, Emanuel Yegutkin, and Moshe Eisemann. A number of others involved educational work with at-risk or special-ed kids. There are two common denominators that make this more likely. Continue reading
In November, 2016, you hosted Israeli MK and Minister of Health, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman. According to Matzav,
Dr. Louis Emmer, President of the Young Israel welcomed Rabbi Litzman and told the audience, “Young Israel is proud to host Rabbi Litzman and that the Rabbi’s address demonstrates the close bond that Staten Island has with the State of Israel.”