Judging Chabad By Josef Feldman and Orthodox Judaism by the Wall of Shame, Is that Fair? From a Letter to LM…

THE LETTER TO LM THAT SPARKED THIS RESPONSE…

Lost Messiah, August 8, 2016

Yesterday we received a Letter to the Editor, for our eyes only. It was written by someone in a position of power within the Chabad and ultra-Orthodox community who entrusted us with his words to vouchsafe for our eyes only. By that we are humbled.  Even with the accusations that we are nothing more than “bashers” he thought better of us, somehow confident that we will not betray the confidence. For that we owe our thanks. We hope he and his colleagues are reading this and will give thought to our careful consideration of that letter, its contents and what it must have taken him to write and send along.

We must express at least a modicum of respect for the things he has done to shed light on Abuse within the Chabad and ultra-Orthodox community. If what he says is true, he has made a difference. Despite our skepticism, we cannot discount the possibility.  

In the interest of ‘fairness’ for lack of a better word, the letter challenged us to use our right to freedom of the press with a level of equal coverage of the good with the bad. In the views of the author, journalistic integrity demands of us to consider that perhaps there are rumblings of change going on behind the scenes. Perhaps those in power are trying to shed light on abuse, to somehow compensate the victims, help women escape abusive marriages, catch child predators and more. 

While we remain forever critical of the public persona of the ultra-Orthodox and Chabad community and what the author deems to be the need for continued secrecy,  the letter raised some salient points:

  1. Can we judge Chabad-Lubavitch by the incessant rantings of Josef Feldman and are we asking Feldman the right questions?

  2. Can we judge a family by the brothers or sisters who have committed crimes? In other words, would it be fair to judge all of ultra-Orthodox Judaism by those members of the Wall of Shame?

  3. Are we aware that there are those in high positions within the Chabad and ultra-Orthodox hierarchy who are trying to make changes?

  4. Are we willing to accept that while the attempts at change are largely secretive, the reason for that is protection of the victims and not the system that victimized?

  5. Are we aware that there are those within the highest echelons of the Chabad and ultra-Orthodox Jewish circles who are truly sorry for the abuse, who recognize it and who understand the depths at which it is impossible to appropriately compensate the victims?

Our belief, which we conveyed in a response to the author, is that in order to change a system of abuse and cover-ups, secrets enshrouded in the scrolls of the Torah and families silenced by the notion of “Mesira,” one must be a revolutionary. We do not believe that change will happen quietly, behind closed doors, in secret meetings and undercover investigations. We believe that the highest echelons of the Chabad and ultra-Orthodox leadership must begin screaming to their congregants and communities loudly, united in a specific cause: ending abuse and cover-ups, compensating victims and apologising to families. 

The Chabad and ultra-Orthodox leadership must be committed to telling members of their communities that not only is reporting not “Mesira” but it is demanded of by the very beliefs they hold dear.

While we can’t help but feel that the secrecy with which the letter was posted to us is emblematic of the problem at large, we also can do nothing but thank the author for his comments. He offered apologies to the victims, something we have not seen before. He conveyed a belief that there is no method of recompense for the transgressions of the community, which we must recognize represents at least some level of commitment. 

Finally, the author commented that we are asking Yosef Feldman the wrong question. 

TO YOSEF FELDMAN FROM THE AUTHOR:

Are you still involved in shluchim?

TO YOSEF FELDMAN FROM OUR READERS:

Are you still recognized to do smicha? How do you define sexual abuse?

We are reposting the JCW  Wall of Shame in honor of Josef Feldman, who seems unwilling to come to grips with the reality of sexual abuse, it’s meaning, it’s ramifications, it’s shame and the dire need to shed light on the subject. He admittedly makes it difficult to avoid judging all of Chabad-Lubavitch by his ravings. That is highlighted by the fact that by taking his critics to court, Feldman  is ultimately capitalizing on child sexual abuse. 

We have posted our opinions and questions to which Feldman promised to respond and Feldman has instead thrown fuel on the fire. We have given him ample opportunity to shed light on alleged “defamation” and he has deflected. We have given him a voice and he has used it to throw accusations rather than cold, hard facts. 

So, we have posted the facts in living color. The faces on JCW’s Wall of Shame represent only a tiny number of people who are guilty of horrifying sexual abuse. The names are familiar and many took years to be added to the list, all the while continuing to commit crimes that those around them knew they were committing.

It is but the silence that allows history to repeat itself.

THE JCW WALL OF SHAME

Our Criteria

National Sex Offender Registry

Warning

If you touch a child inappropriately your face will be listed on this page. Your actions will bring shame to you and your family and destroy the lives of innocent children.

Jacob Sabbagh

Jacob Sabbagh

Moshe   Stavish

Moshe Stavish

Daniel Sunray

Daniel Sunray

Mendy Israel

Mendy Israel

Gershon Selinger

Gershon Selinger

Todros Grynhaus

Todros Grynhaus

Ephraim Karp

Ephraim Karp

Aaron Teitelbaum

Aaron Teitelbaum

David Liss

David Liss

ARTHUR GROSSMAN

ARTHUR GROSSMAN

YEHUDA FRIEDLANDER

YEHUDA FRIEDLANDER

YISUCHER KOHN

YISUCHER KOHN

PINCHAS ROSENBAUM

PINCHAS ROSENBAUM

DAVID SILVERMAN

DAVID SILVERMAN

MARTIN KAUFMAN

MARTIN KAUFMAN

TZVI BOXER

TZVI BOXER

JOEL PINTER

JOEL PINTER

NACHUM FRIEDMAN

NACHUM FRIEDMAN

SAMUEL JURAVEL

SAMUEL JURAVEL

DOVID KOHN

DOVID KOHN

SHOLOM LEVITANSKY

SHOLOM LEVITANSKY

Roy Naim

Roy Naim

MARTIN VEGH

MARTIN VEGH

Hillel Selznick

Hillel Selznick

Daniel Hayman

Daniel Hayman

Stuart Friedman

Stuart Friedman

Simcha Adler

Simcha Adler

Israel Kestenbaum

Israel Kestenbaum

Nachman Weisfeld

Nachman Weisfeld

Menachem Deutsch

Menachem Deutsch

Emanuel Yegutkin

Emanuel Yegutkin

Shlomo Tourjman

Shlomo Tourjman

Moshe Spitzer

Moshe Spitzer

Stephen Colmer

Stephen Colmer

David Glatzer

David Glatzer

Yisroel Weingarten

Yisroel Weingarten

Avrohom Reichman

Avrohom Reichman

Shneur Horowitz

Shneur Horowitz

Mitchell Levington

Mitchell Levington

Israel Shapiro

Israel Shapiro

Motti Elon

Motti Elon

Elior Chen

Elior Chen

Malka Leifer

Malka Leifer

Velvel Weiner

Velvel Weiner

David Greenfeld

David Greenfeld

Yona Weinberg

Yona Weinberg

Shimon Benisty

Shimon Benisty

Michael Sabo

Michael Sabo

Isaac Leichter

Isaac Leichter

Robert Sternberg

Robert Sternberg

Shimon Rosen

Shimon Rosen

Avrohom Goodman

Avrohom Goodman

Yehuda Kolko

Yehuda Kolko

Avrohom Mondrowitz

Avrohom Mondrowitz

Baruch Lebovits

Baruch Lebovits

Betzalel Dym

Betzalel Dym

David Zimmer

David Zimmer

Yosef Ederi

Yosef Ederi

Evan Zauder

Evan Zauder

Yoel Oberlander

Yoel Oberlander

Yakov Roth

Yakov Roth

Aryeh Dudovitz

Aryeh Dudovitz

Zerach Brown

Zerach Brown

Yosef Kolko

Yosef Kolko

Yaakov Murray

Yaakov Murray

Shmuel Dym

Shmuel Dym

Nechemya Weberman

Nechemya Weberman

Moshe Turner

Moshe Turner

Michael Pashkin

Michael Pashkin

Meir Dascalowitz

Meir Dascalowitz

Yechiel Brauner

Yechiel Brauner

Herschel Taubenfeld

Herschel Taubenfeld

Chisdai Ben-Porat

Chisdai Ben-Porat

Avrohom Ze'ev Holtzberg

Avrohom Ze’ev Holtzberg

Andrew Goodman

Andrew Goodman

Chaim Gajer

Chaim Gajer

Zusia Levitt

Zusia Levitt

Moshe Brown

Moshe Brown

Avinoam Friedman

Avinoam Friedman

Baruch Lanner

Baruch Lanner

Aryeh Goodman

Aryeh Goodman

Leibel Blesofsky

Leibel Blesofsky

Moshe Keller

Moshe Keller

Yaakov Bryski

Yaakov Bryski

Dovid Drazin

Dovid Drazin

Chaim Feinhandler

Chaim Feinhandler

Devorah Cadaner (nee Hashbi)

Devorah Cadaner (nee Hashbi)

Yossi Reizes

Yossi Reizes

Avraham Charitonow

Avraham Charitonow

Moshe Vaisfiche

Moshe Vaisfiche

Achia Rogalsky

Achia Rogalsky

David Wakser

David Wakser

Levi Tenenbaum

Levi Tenenbaum

Yitzchok Hecht

Yitzchok Hecht

Mendel Tevel

Mendel Tevel

Abba Piekarski

Abba Piekarski

Avraham Lipkind

Avraham Lipkind

Menachem Piekarski

Menachem Piekarski

Yaakov Weiss

Yaakov Weiss

Menachem Levy

Menachem Levy

Mendel Levine

Mendel Levine

Tzion Zuviv

Tzion Zuviv

Mordechai Yomtov

Mordechai Yomtov

Dovid Chaikin

Dovid Chaikin

Harvey Erlich

Harvey Erlich

Heshi Nussbaum

Heshi Nussbaum

David Kramer

David Kramer

David Cyprys

David Cyprys

8 thoughts on “Judging Chabad By Josef Feldman and Orthodox Judaism by the Wall of Shame, Is that Fair? From a Letter to LM…

  1. “there are rumblings…going on behind the scenes”. an apt description of the source of the various statements, explanations, “apologies”, “testimony” under oath & other non-actions about csa from chabad representatives over the last few years: a worldwide epidemic of highly contagious “verbal diarrhea” (hat-tip to manis friedman)

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  2. Chabad will never tell to their rabbis , students, teachers or chabad sect members to report sexual abuse to the authorities or to anyone . Don’t count on it , don’t even believe it if you hear them say they will . NO THEY WON’T .
    Chabad will stick to their mesirah law .
    Any chabad sect member who will break the mesirah law will be rejected , ostracized by the chabad community WORLDWIDE . NO SHIDDUR , nothing . They are forever done .

    Chabad will not accept chabad children in their chabad schools if their chabad parents report to the Police ,any law enforcement a chabad pedophile , one of their own kind .
    Their life is done .

    Chabad covers up child sex abuse unconditionally and will do anything to keep the perpetrator out of jail and will pay big bucks to get the pedophile out of jail .
    tHat’s the way it has always been and that’s the way it will always be .

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  3. There are tiny (minuscule) number with guts to speak out openly against the establishment.
    Finding them is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

    And if they become too vocal, they are penalized.

    It’s beyond unlikely the mafia will cleanse itself from within its ranks. The same goes for Chabad.
    Only people who are outside of the system are in a position to shine a spotlight on the problems.
    Those who are inside and try to do so will likely be pushed out and/or have their lives disrupted.

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    • You are welcome to write to me. Whoever wrote to you is afraid of the bad publicity and is merely interested in softening the playing field by posing theoretical possiblities which are by no stretch of the imagination true. I know pretty well what goes on as an insider for over 30 years. The entire top of Chabad is totally corrupt and the overwhelming number of shluchim have no balls and would never say or do anything to challenge status quo and their place in it. Feldman and his family which includes the Gutnicks and News are all covering ass while fighting with each other. There are some good things going on but overall the culture is one of secrecy back room deal back stabbing while making every effort to keep the image alive. Its truly a sick sick situation.

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