Text of RCA Speech by David Cheifetz on Sex Abuse

Text of June 30, 2013 address on “Sexual Abuse in the Jewish Community” by David Cheifetz to the Annual Conference of the largest orthodox rabbinical organization in the world, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA).

David Cheifetz

David Cheifetz

I want to thank the RCA for giving me the opportunity to share my story. If we could magically transport back in time by one year, I would not be here. If you were to tell me then that I would: decide to face the abuse in my history; decide to come out publically about it in an article; decide to serve as some sort of an advocate on the topic, I would have  politely suggested that you were smoking something.

But a lot happens in a year. On Pesach, the Jewish Week published an article written by me where I came out as a victim of sexual abuse in a Jewish institution. And I am now working to try to create an organization to address the plague that is sexual abuse of children in our Jewish community. Continue reading

Cults, Kiruv, Conversion And Kanois: The Rise and Fall of Leib Troppper (Part I)

Americans elected Barack Obama whose slogan was The Audacity Of Hope. The ultra orthodox word ceded enormous influence to Leib Tropper whose biography should be The Chutzpah of Kanois (The Audacity of Zealotry). By skillfully using his street cred as a zealot, generously spreading around money, and flattering leaders he got license to bully sincere opponents and exploit individuals. Continue reading