Weekly Round-up: June 22, 2013

It was a busy week at Frum Follies with a new look and an official comments policy.

In the aftermath of the Yosef Kolko guilty plea I rebutted the claim that the BMG leadership forced him to plead guilty and predicted that he will report his uncle molested him.

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) continued to contradict its excellent official policy on CSA by making believe Rabbi Yisroel Belsky agrees with them. This in spite of the fact that Belsky still claims Kolko is innocent, Belsky tried to intimidate the witness against Kolko, and Belsky slandered the father of the victim by calling him a molester. One satirist claims the RCA website was hacked.

Other important stuff on the web includes continued challenges to Lakewood’s persecution of the family of the Kolko victim by Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn on his Daas Torah blog where he posted a public apology to family of the victim by Dovid Epstein who said he was misled by local leadership. R. Eidensohn also issued a call on others in Lakewood to distribute this letter and join in its message. Harry Maryles, picked up on this story on his blog, Emes Ve-Emunah where he writes,

Rabbi Belsky must accept a good deal of the blame for this upon himself. It is hard to fathom how he does not lose any sleep over this. It is hard to fathom that it does not haunt him any less than it does Rabbi Epstein – even if he were to apologize. But he has not apologized and still maintains Kolko’s innocence. I do not see how he can still say that without bringing some exculpatory evidence. I don’t think any exists or it would have been brought by now.

Ben Hirsch contrasts the success of the Ocean County Kolko prosecution with the dismal performance of Brooklyn DA, Charles Hynes in A Tale of Two Cities. Hynes is prosecuting (actually persecuting) Samuel Kellner who brought forward witnesses against alleged serial molester B. M. Lebovits according to two prominent Hasidic Rabbis, Chaim Flohr and Yechezkel Gold (see New York Times).

We have audio proof that Rabbi Boruch Dov Lesches is ignorant about sex abuse and thinks young boys consent to being sexually abused. Rabbi Lesches, formerly head of the Sydney Bais Din has been a rabbi at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey since 2007.  He may just have topped R. Manis Friedman who was roundly criticized  by Benny Forer and others and satirized by Asher Lovy.

Meanwhile, Chabad’s Gan Yisrael camps refused to participate in Jewish Community Watch’s Project E.M.E.S. to ensure policies, training, and screening to reduce the risk of abuse.