Lakewood Says Violate Shabbat to Save a Child but Only From Gentile Molesters

Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn reports, “Lakewood Rabbis: Pikuach nefesh to save a Jewish child only if assailant is a Goy!” He points out that there are four rabbis who have signed a proclamation declaring that if a there is a suspicious gentile, call the police, even on Shabbat, without asking a rabbi first, because of pikuach nefesh (presumed possible danger to life which overrides shabbat). Meanwhile four of the rabbis who signed that proclamation also savaged a father who called the police about Yosef Kolko who molested his son.

This prompted me to repost a satire I first posted on August 28 ,2012.

Leading Rabbis: Don’t Call 911! (SATIRE/PARODY)

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 (Jewish law authority). 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 a 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 T orah 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

My Rant to Joel Who Gives the Benefit of the Doubt to Weberman Over His Alleged Victim

The post below first appeared in Frum Follies back in March 2011 not long after Weberman was arrested. Joel the Troll invaded my comments section. He endlessly invoked mesirah and lashon horah in ways that obscured the reasons some rabbis support reporting sex abusers to the civil authorities. I thought of him this week when Weberman supporters trolled Twitter ad nauseam. Yossi Gestetner really got on my nerves until I realized that his goal is to distract us form the issues that matter to us. One Tweeter, GenealogyTeen (‏@geneteen) even compiled a long list of impersonators and trolls. But back then, the action was in m’s y blog comments section. I finally had it with reasonable responses and I let him have it in a rant with insults especially pointed for a Satmar Hasid. Below is an edited version of  my rant.

Joel,

You are like a reform rabbi. You have taken the Sefer Chofetz Chaim, torn it right through the binding and thrown some important parts in the shaimos box.  Or maybe they just don’t teach those parts any more, like some yeshivas never teach kodshim. Go back and read it all. Then try and tell me, “a Yid is not allowed to believe loshon horah, period” If you need some guidance, look in the Williamsburg shaimos box for the sections about toeles (a purpose such as protecting someone from harm). Continue reading

ChaptzemNisht Rebbe’s Chanukah Message on Lashon Horah Mehudar (Satire)

From my archives- Chanukah is coming up and I think this old post from 2009 is still timely. Enjoy! 

Rabossai, Because of our great sins we are in exile. We are too far from hashem and too close to each other in Otisville Correctional Institution. Some say nisht geferlich because there are separate litvish and chasidish  minyanim. But what good does it do to have a chasidish minyan when fights break out every time someone shouts yechi. But a yid has to rejoice and bring simchah into the world. Yes, yavanim brought avodah zorah into the har habayis, but we triumphed and expelled them.  Nowadays we are also afflicted by our new Greeks who endanger the spiritual health of our people by driving Jews into jails. I want to talk about the three sins that cause this terrible situation: lashon horah (gossip), mesirah (informing), and neglect of pidyon shvuyim (redeeming captives). If every yid in the world would follow these Jewish principals this tragic situation would end. Continue reading

Leading Rabbis: Don’t Call 911! (SATIRE/PARODY)

911 dont call 2Leading Rabbis: Don’t Call 911! (SATIRE/PARODY)

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