This article regarding the Australian Royal Commission’s response to claims of sexual abuse within the Jewish community in Australia was published several months ago. Having been repeatedly asked to publish a retraction and apology to “former” Rabbi Yosef Feldman, we wanted to post it for an historical context.
Mr. Feldman, in a spate of lawsuits is trying to clear his name, which he says is for the benefit of his family members. In other words, in our opinion, he cares less about the children who have been abused than he does about what his family members think of him.
Our suggestion, Mr. Feldman, is perhaps if you blew wide open what is happening in your Jewish fiefdom your family members would have something about which to be proud. You would have helped the lives of generations of Jewish children.
WE ASK YOU MR. FELDMAN, how will you enjoy the money you are making in settling with Defendants who feel it is less costly in time and in effort to settle then it is to fight on? That is a poor excuse for a victory.
Perhaps you could donate all of that money to the families of victims, like that of Manny Waks and others? They are the ones who will live a lifetime with the horrors of sexual assault. You, sir are using a courtroom to change a narrative.
It is deplorable.
by David L. Morris
Executive of the Magen Child Protection Agency in Bet Shemesh.
First appeared on his personal blog, Tzedek-Tzedek
The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was mandated in 2013 to investigate and draw up recommendations about child abuse cases and the handling of child abuse allegations, mainly in religious institutions and communities.
The Commission was initially specifically in response to reports of abuses in the Catholic Church, and the various child abuse scandals which came to light in Australia, and the systemic cover-up of offenders by the Church’s institutions.
In the past two weeks, the Commissions has turned its attention to child abuse cases and the response to these allegations in Jewish institutions, primarily the Yeshiva Centers in Melbourne and in Sydney, both run by the Chabad movement.
The picture which has emerged has shocked not just the Jewish world, but has…
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