Published in its entirety from the blog of Larry Noodles. Thank you for picking this up. Sorry we missed it! Folks, if you will not donate to us, Noodles asks for assistance for his blog, a tax deductible donation. We do not gain by providing him a window for support. His reporting detailed what the rest of us seem to have missed. We will pick up this one and the next, in their entirety and with permission.
The silence of Jewish religious and lay leaders, rabbis and Jewish news reporters, of all political persuasions, on the Goat verdict is deafening.
It is very rare for members of the Jewish tribe to agree on anything these days. There is a large spectrum of political and religious viewpoints among American Jews, from the right wing Haradi to the far left Bernie Bro’s. Liberal Jews are just as outspoken and opinionated as Jews who support the Donald. Secular Jews do not mince words when they describe Orthodox Jews as misogynistic narrow minded bigots. Haradim have no problem referring to secular Jews as self hating Jews. You never hear such venom exchanged between civilized Christians.
The Jewish world has found common ground with the guilty Goat verdict. Jewish leaders of all stripes and denominations have all refused to publicly comment on the Goat verdict. The unified vow of silence is deafening. The Goat has managed to unite the Jewish people just before the Jewish New Year. Moshiach is supposed to arrive on a donkey, not a goat.
Not one leader from any Jewish Federation located in the entire United States has spoken about the Goat verdict. Not one pulpit Rabbi from any denomination in the entire country has spoken about the Goat verdict. Are they saving their comments for their grand Rosh Hashanah speeches that they are currently preparing to read to their followers in shuls, synagogues and Temples throughout the country on Monday? I don’t think so.
The mainstream media and the Jewish media has not reported on the Goat verdict. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vosizneias, Hamodia, The Forward, and the New York Post all reported on the Goat when he was first arrested, yet they now have asserted their First Amendment right to remain silent, just as the Goat did during his criminal trial. The Associated Press ran a very small blurb today.
The only logical explanation for Jewish radio silence on the Goat verdict is fundraising bucks. Fundraising for the Catholic Church dropped when pedophile priests were exposed and arrested. “It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby” as State’s Attorney Roberg argued in closing arguments to the Goat jury. Roberg tore apart the Dow’s argument that Mirlis was in criminal court because he wanted money. Roberg told the jury that Mirlis already got his civil judgment. Mirlis didn’t have to return to Connecticut and tell everyone in the world the excruciating details about how he got repeatedly raped by the Goat.
Jewish non-profits and religious organizations would not have any problem raising money if these organizations were transparent, efficient, and honest and not mired in waste, hypocrisy, insecurity, and nepotism. Providing a warm, stimulating and engaging place for Jews to pray, learn and interact would also attract and keep new members. News of the Goat would have no impact on fundraising.
The only Rabbi brave enough to make any kind of statement about the Goat, on Facebook no less, was Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier. Zuckier was the Rabbi at Yale Hillel for a year or two. I first met Zuckier after I got out of Otisville prison. He let me pray at the Yale Hillel even though he knew of my criminal record. I’ve been kicked out of many shuls because of my blog. The first shul I was kicked out of was the prison shul in the Otisville prison. The Jewish inmates got mad because I was sending my blogs to Paul Bass at the New Haven Independent. Fortunately I had two prominent inmate Rabbis doing long bids in Otisville who lobbied for me to be readmitted to the shul. In New Haven a local Rabbi said I couldn’t get an aliya because of my blog about the Goat. I wonder if this idiot would give me an aliya now. He should sponsor a kiddush for me. I probably saved his children from getting raped by the Goat.
I am still waiting for that kiddush the Goat’s son Dov Greer promised me on the first Shabbos that I got out of Otisville prison. Some people think that my anger towards the Goat stems from the kiddush that Dov failed to deliver. I went to the Goat shul on my first Shabbos out of Otisville and Dov Greer was nowhere to be seen. All I saw was Avi Hack and the Goat. Dov reneged on the kiddush. This incident reminds me of the story of Kamsa and Bar Kamsa. I was invited to a kiddush by the son of the Goat, ie., Bar Goat. When I got to the kiddush I realized that I wasn’t invited and Bar Goat was nowhere to be found. I offered to pay Papa Goat for the kiddush. Papa Goat refused. I then went to the authorities and helped the State of Connecticut get the Goat convicted on four felony charges of risk of injury to a minor. I never ratted out the Goat to the Caesar, ie., the Feds, unlike Bar Kamsa. I never blemished one of the Goat’s ducks, chickens or goats who live in his barn on West Park Ave. I did not cause the exile of the Jews. The Jews are already exiled in their cul de sacs in the American suburbs with their 55″ flat screen televisions.
Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier is the first and only American Rabbi, of any denomination, to write about the Goat verdict, on Facebook no less. If the President of the United States can make proclamations to the masses on Twitter why can’t Rabbi Zuckier speak to his followers on Facebook? These are the brave words of Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier: “Even A horrific Chilul Hashem and perversion of the Torah, now confirmed with this judgement. As a practicing rabbi in New Haven when these now-confirmed allegations came to light, and as someone who knew some of the victims, I felt the repercussions of this atrocity personally. Hoping this decision leads to some degree of Nechama for the victims; at the very least it should prevent any further wrongdoing.”
I encourage all readers, fans, followers, felons and stalkers of Larry Noodles to congratulate Rabbi Zuckier for standing up for truth and justice. Please be polite and do not stalk Rabbi Zuckier. And please do not use foul language, even if you think you mean well. And please use spell check and do not write to Rabbi Zuckier in all caps.
A man was selected, preferably a Kohen, to take the goat to the cliff in the wilderness and he was accompanied part of the way by the most eminent men of Jerusalem. Ten booths had been constructed at intervals along the road leading from Jerusalem to the steep mountain. At each one of these the man leading the goat was formally offered food and drink, which he, however, refused. When he reached the tenth booth those who accompanied him proceeded no further. When he came to the cliff he divided the scarlet thread into two parts, one of which he tied to the rock and the other to the goat’s horns, and then pushed the goat down. The cliff was so high and rugged that before the goat had traversed half the distance to the plain below, its limbs were utterly shattered. Men were stationed at intervals along the way, and as soon as the goat was thrown down the cliff, they signaled to one another by means of kerchiefs or flags, until the information reached the high priest. During the forty years that Simon the Just was High Priest, the thread actually turned white as soon as the goat was thrown over the cliff: a sign that the sins of the people were forgiven. In later times the thread did not always turn white: proof of the Jew’s moral and spiritual deterioration, that was on the increase, until forty years before the destruction of the Second Temple, when the change of color was no longer observed.
For G-d, For Country, For Yale, For Rabbi Zuckier. Yechi Noodles!
REDACTED – PLEASE SEE THE ORIGINAL SOURCE: https://larrynoodles.com/jewish-leaders-rabbis-press-silent-on-goat-verdict/
If you wish to help the Larry Noodles website defray the costs of court documents, transcripts, depositions, investigations & research, and make a tax deductible contribution to a non profit organization that works to help bloggers like Larry Noodles protect themselves against bullies like Daniel Greer, and the Department of Injustice, please donate your hard earned dollars, shekels, and dinars to this organization: First Amendment Watchdogs Incorporated, PO Box 2951, New Haven, CT 06515. For IRS non profit status and EIN number click this link
DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO CHABAD!
ONE OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS RECEIVED THIS LETTER TODAY, REPRESENTING WHAT WE VIEW AS SHEER AND UTTER HYPOCRISY.
WE ASK, WE PLEAD, THAT YOU PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO CHABAD.
THERE REALLY IS NO TELLING TO WHOM THE MONEY IS BEING DELIVERED AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE THE MONEY IS BEING USED. 2.3M HAS ALREADY BEEN “LOANED” TO PLATINUM PARTNERS AND THE GREAT PHILANTHROPISTS OF THE CHABAD COMMUNITY….
WHERE ELSE ARE YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS GOING? DO YOU REALLY KNOW FOR CERTAIN?
WE BELIEVE THAT YOUR DONATED MONEY IS LINING THE POCKETS OF THE CORRUPT, BEING USED TO COVER UP THE SECRETS OF SEXUAL ABUSE, DRUG ABUSE AND DEPRESSION, EPIDEMICS WITHIN THE CHABAD COMMUNITY.
WE ARE CONVINCED THAT THE MONEY WILL MAKE THE GRAND RABBIS VERY WEALTHY.
WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT MUCH, IF ANYTHING AT ALL, WILL BE USED TO HELP THE POOR.
LM – 10/11/15
By the Grace of G-d
Erev Yom Kippur, 5777 • October 11, 2016
A few hours before the onset of Yom Kippur each year, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, would enter the synagogue for prayer, holding a bag of coins. The tables were covered with scores, perhaps hundreds, of charity plates, representing an array of causes, from food for the poor and assistance for needy brides, to schools and mitzvah campaigns and more.
Despite his impossibly tight schedule, the Rebbe would deliberately and carefully place coins into every plate, taking great care not to skip a single one. Each represented a community or an individual who needed help, materially or spiritually.
In his urgent desire to help each individual, the Rebbe did not consider even one of them to be insignificant.
• • •
Emulating this extraordinary example, when we dig deep into our own resources to fill the plates of others, we encourage G-d to throw open His bank account of abundant blessings to each of us, to be judged with mercy and compassion for a truly happy, healthy and sweet year. And G-d, we know, has plenty to give.
• • •
At Chabad.org, where millions regularly turn to fill their plates with spiritual inspiration, Torah learning, or practical tools to enrich their Jewish experience, we try to do our part.
Year-round our rabbis, editors, programmers and designers work with extraordinary urgency and devotion, motivated by the constant awareness that at the other end of the screen is an individual — millions of individuals! — who seek a lifeline.
Our team is able to fill those needs only thanks to wonderful, caring people like you who, recognizing the importance of this mission, happily partner with us to provide the necessary funding.
As Yom Kippur quickly nears, please consider:
Can you please partner with us to fill the plates of the Jewish People?
Remember: For many who turn to us every day, we — you! — are their only Jewish lifeline.
Would you please open your heart real wide and partner with us to help them?
• • •
To donate, please click here.
(You can contribute via Credit Card, PayPal, E-Check (ACH) or Bank Wire / Transfer. Checks can be mailed to:
EXCLUSIVE: Man sexually abused as teen in 1972 files suit against camp that employed counselor who abused him and others: ‘Nobody stopped it’
He has held the secret of that summer for more than 40 years.
He was a 13-year-old in 1972, away at Camp Ramah in the foothills of the Taconic Mountains when, he says, a counselor lured him into the woods and forced him to perform oral sex.
The self-loathing smoldered inside, worsening each time a memory came flashing back.
Then earlier this year, the victim — a Westchester businessman and now a John Doe in legal papers — was fishing on the internet. What he found took his breath away.
His alleged abuser — Harvey Erlich — had gone on to sexually abuse four other boys.
Finally, he was forced to take a stand.
“This is what enrages me more than anything else,” the father of three told the Daily News in an exclusive interview Wednesday. “The fact is this went on for years and nobody stopped it.”
The businessman struck back Wednesday by filing a bombshell lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court that claims camp officials knew Erlich, then an 18-year-old counselor at the Conservative Jewish camp in Wingdale, N.Y., was a sexual predator but failed to protect him and other children.
The businessman, now in his 50s said he has struggled with alcoholism, drug abuse, anger management and trust issues. Unable to cope with depression, he attempted suicide several times.
“I got f—ed over this,” he said, showing scars on his forearms. “I was trying to punish myself for putting myself in this position and not doing anything about it.”
The lawsuit, which seeks at least $20 million in damages, names the Jewish Theological Seminary. It also names the National Ramah Commission — the JTS subsidiary that operates Camp Ramah and other summer camps dedicated to teaching Jewish traditions.
“In 1972, Camp Ramah was an extremely dangerous place where a vicious, malicious and sadistic predator roamed free to pick off his innocent prey by relying upon the respect and reverence he commanded by virtue of his position of authority at the camp,” the lawsuit says.
The seminary and commission did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.
The complaint also says that National Ramah Commission officials, including then-assistant camp director David Soloff and Kenneth Greene, the division head for campers in John Doe’s age group, had been told that Erlich abused several boys just weeks before he assaulted John Doe.
Soloff, Greene and other officials failed to call police, notify parents or terminate the counselor, the lawsuit says.
The News was unable to reach Soloff and Greene for comment.
A coverup by camp officials and their failure to stop Erlich, the lawsuit says, allowed Erlich to sexually abuse four boys during the 1970s and 1980s in Toronto, where he worked as a dentist and served as a choir conductor.
One of those victims, an 11-year-old boy, was sexually assaulted in a Toronto synagogue, according to Canadian police.
Erlich was arrested on sex abuse charges in 2012 in Canada, which does not have a statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases.
He pleaded guilty last year to three counts of gross indecency and was sentenced to 18 months’ house arrest.
The strict statute of limitations in New York — which the Daily News has pressured officeholders to change — bars sex abuse survivors from pursuing criminal charges or civil damages after their 23rd birthday.
The businessman’s attorney, Kevin Mulhearn, is trying a different approach to circumvent the restrictive law. Instead, he is arguing that camp officials violated Title IX, the 1972 federal law best known for enforcing equality for women in college sports.
Title IX also prohibits sexual abuse and harassment in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance.
The Second Court of Appeals recently ruled that the clock on the Title IX statute of limitations does not begin ticking until a plaintiff knows or should have known about the coverup, Mulhearn said.
The businessman told The News he did not know Erlich had abused other boys until he read accounts about his arrest and sentencing earlier this year.
He reported his abuse to Toronto police, but authorities told him there was nothing they could do because Erlich had assaulted him in New York, not Canada.
To read the article in its entirety click here.
FOR FURTHER READING:
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Another Arrest In The Toronto Jewish Community For Child Sex-Abuse Today!
|Dr. Harvey Erlich|
The Toronto Police this morning arrested Harvey Erlich. Erlich was the conductor of the Toronto Pirchei (Agudath Israel) Choir. This was the same choir with which Heshy Nussbaum was involved.
Nov 15, 2012, 05:00 pm Man Charged In Historical Sexual Assault Investigation, Harvey Erlich, 58, Police Believe There May Be More Victims
Danny Wool has left a new comment on your post “Another Arrest In The Toronto Jewish Community For…”:
Let me be clear here. No one is talking about “commenc[ing] the destruction of a man and [I agree] more importantly, his family.” I believe that a press release is forthcoming, and it is only a matter of time.
At the same time, I wish you would consider the lives that were already destroyed because of what happened, even if it was so long ago. Those scars are real.
In my yeshiva days I learned that chataim bein adam lehaveiro, Yom Kippur eino mechaper” (Yom Kippur does not atone for sins between people). As one of the victims (yes, I said it), I cannot even begin to think of forgiveness unless there is a full public confession of what happened, not just to me, but to everyone else who was victimized. I expect that from both the perpetrators yimach shemam (may their names be erased) because only then will I be able to begin the process of yimach zichram (may the memory of them and what they did be erased).
When I was in the choir we used to sing, Ivdu et Hashem besimha, bo’u lefanav birnana. These are words every Orthodox kid knows. They come from Psalms 100, and are recited every weekday as part of the morning prayer service. When I used to pray, I found them ironic. They tell us to serve God with happiness, but they always reminded me of the choir, and that always left me depressed.
As I grew older, I learned that this is what is called a trigger (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trauma_trigger). What a horrible realization that was–the very invocation to be happy, especially when serving God, actually evoked one of the most traumatic events of my life. By extension, the very act of prayer becomes a trigger–the very kind of thing that survivors learn to avoid.
To put matters into perspective, prayer was one of the things that was stolen from me by those two animals. And there was much, much more–things that can never be returned.
As for the silence from the community, shetika kehoda’a (silence is the equivalent of admission). I regard the Jewish community’s silence as their admission of what happened and, by extension, of their acceptance of what happened too.
You asked, How can we know that the charges are true? There is one simple way. Ask the perpetrators. Demand that they tell you the truth, regardless of the consequences. The truth will come out anyway. They will be recognized for what they did. Maybe by admitting it now, they can, at least, begin to show the first signs of remorse.
Teachers at Hasidic school accused of sexually abusing students
Main defendant accused of raping boys aged 3-10 while at school, tying students and force-feeding them black pepper or soap, and forcing them to relieve themselves in their pants, among other allegations; indictment states students called the school ‘Bergen-Belsen’ and the main defendant ‘Rosenazi.’
Six teachers from a Talmud Torah school (“Cheder”) belonging to the Belz Hasidic dynasty were indicted on Tuesday for the abuse and assault of minors, with the main defendant accused of many cases of sodomy with minors, indecent assault, and extortion.
According to the indictments, the offenses were allegedly committed over the course of 11 years from 2000 to 2011 against 22 complainants aged 3-10, who were taught by the defendants.
During that time, the defendants committed daily physical and emotional violence against the students, which was characterized by cruelty, humiliation, and intimidation.
According to the indictments, the students called the school “Bergen-Belsen,” referring to the Nazi concentration camp, while the main defendant, 49-year-old Avraham Mordechai Rosenfeld, was dubbed “Rosenazi.”
Rosenfeld, the indictment states, brought students to a lounge at the school that contained beds and a closet in which he kept sweets, some of which he confiscated from the students. He allegedly ordered the students to come with him into the room, where he sexually assaulted them. After they stopped crying, he gave them sweets and sent them on their way.
In many of the cases, Rosenfeld beat the students using wooden sticks or planks that he ordered the students to gather during recess.
The indictment also details some instances in which Rosenfeld tied the students to chairs or desks using ropes or cable ties and had them stand in class with their hands and feet bound. While tied, he force-fed them a spoonful of black pepper or soap and forbade them from washing their mouths after.
In other cases, he forbade students from going to the bathroom, or otherwise forced them to relieve themselves in their pants while sitting in class.
Rosenfeld is also charged with animal abuse. In one instance, when a cat entered the classroom in which Rosenfeld was teaching, he beat it in front of the students with an umbrella or wooden sticks, and eventually shoved it out of the window, killing the cat.
Additionally, Rosenfeld is suspected of terrorizing his wife and children at home. He allegedly subjected one of his children to abuse for years until the child left home. His wife claimed he threatened to keep her from their children, threatened to divorce her, and controlled the food in the house.
The other five defendants are Yisrael Haim Shapira, 65, Haim Fishgrond, 69, Moshe Hirsch, 39, Menachem Alberstein, 63, and Avraham Pinchas Deytsch, 53.
The six defendants denied the offenses attributed to them, with each providing explanations and interpretations of the incidents, claiming they did not intend to harm the minors. Some admitted to some of the less serious incidents, while presenting them as mere jokes.
Apart from Rosenfeld, the other five teachers were released from detention under restrictive conditions.
Zion Amir, who also represented former president and convicted rapist Moshe Katsav, now represents some of the defendants.
“Some of the people I represent completely deny the allegations against them,” he said. “There is going to be a long trial that will acquit whoever needs to be acquitted from this important community.”
Rosenfeld’s lawyer, Yehuda Fried, claimed that “the acts described in the indictment are exaggerated. Regarding his family, the accusations are completely made up by those seeking to get between him and his wife.”
To read the full article at its source click here.
When physicality is misused or abused, the results are unbelievably powerful in the most negative of ways. To take advantage of another human being, to force oneself when unwanted, is the greatest and most intrusive violation. In this kind of situation, there is only one person who is the giver and the receiver. The abuser gives, but does so for his own satisfaction and enjoyment, therefore he or she is the only receiver as well. The person being taken advantage of is not a receptacle, is not part of this relationship, but has been turned into merely an object. Any time that both people are not consciously choosing and desiring this intimacy, and any time this intimacy is not an expression of love within the context of a marital union, the Torah is teaching us that the motivations are wrong and destructive. If the goal of the physicality is not to create an everlasting bond and representation of the love that is shared between the man and the woman, if it isn’t love expressed through physicality but rather love that is motivated by physicality, then it is a debasement, rather that a fulfillment, of our most G‑dly power.
From Chabad.org -Human or Beast?
The Torah’s views and safeguards against sexual abuse
By Sara Esther Crispe
STAND UP AND YELL!
CHABAD-LUBAVITCH COMMUNITY MEMBERS… PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH….
We are quite certain that when Sara Esther Crispe penned the article from which we took the above quote, she never imagined that it would be used as a source of inspiration for scathing criticism of the Chabad community. The article is eloquently written, the sentiments are ones we share. The passion of her words so undeniably sincere. That they are so antithetical to the realities from within the Chabad community is horribly unsettling and so very sad.
There are dozens of articles, lessons to be learned, from the chabad.org site from which we pulled Ms. Crispe’s post. The library on that site contains fundamental truths of values, the meaning of life, the duality of the soul, human nature versus G-d’s laws. We have studied these lessons. We have read the articles. We have listened to the speeches, the sermons of our rabbis. For many of us, we try to live our lives by the words written on that site… the written word.
So why on earth is the Chabad-Lubavitch community still SILENT ABOUT THE ABUSE FROM WITHIN ITS WALLS!!!
MS. CRISPE, GET UP AND SCREAM AS LOUD AS YOU CAN! TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO SCREAM. TELL YOUR RABBIS TO COME FORWARD. TEACH YOUR COMMUNITY THAT THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHAT IS SO ELOQUENTLY WRITTEN IT IS ABOUT LIVING BY THE WORDS YOU PENNED.
Is that fair of us to put the onus on Ms. Crispe? Perhaps not. But we think that if you are going to contemplate in such beautiful terms what you view as a reality, you must be willing to fight for the actualization of the reality of those values.We believe that if you are going to be a source of light for understanding human values, the difference between human and beast than for the grace of G-d, don’t sit quietly when there are beasts not humans in your midst.
A search of the term “sexual abuse” on the Chabad.org site leads to 40 results, 40. The number is not staggering nor is it surprising. What is utterly reprehensible is the level of hypocrisy those articles represent. They are the words of victims of sexual abuse. They are the views from the point of a child, a mother, a wife, a mother, a son. They are at the same time courageous as they are profoundly sad. That the Chabad-Lubavitch community could at the same time publish those victim accounts and fund the raving lawsuits of a rabbi who should have been defrocked long ago, is unthinkable.
WHY IS THE CHABAD-LUBAVITCH COMMUNITY IN SIDNEY AND MELBOURNE NOT CONVINCING THE RABBI WHO “DID NOT KNOW TOUCHING A BOY’S GENITALS WAS A CRIME” TO STOP THE MADNESS, TO GO AWAY, TO LEAVE THE COMMUNITY IN SILENCE?
Instead, someone is funding those lawsuits. A benefactor is paying for a person, who should have understood the laws of human beings at least as well as Ms. Crispe, to claim damages against those with the chutzpah to criticize him.
THE ENTIRE CHABAD COMMUNITY SHOULD BE CRITICIZING YOSEF FELDMAN. THE ENTIRE CHABAD COMMUNITY SHOULD BE CELEBRATING THE DEFENDANTS IN FELDMAN’S LAWSUITS FOR THEIR CONDEMNATION. IT BEHOOVES US AS HUMAN BEINGS, AS JEWS TO STAND UP AND STOP THE ABUSE, STOP THE FEAR, STOP THE USE OF THE TERM “MESIRA” AND CELEBRATE THOSE WILLING TO SHOW COURAGE.
The first 8 search results for “sexual abuse” on the Chabad.org site are listed below. The one that caught our attention for reasons of title alone was Miriam Karp’s blog. “Responding to Child Predators in the Jewish Community.” In it Ms. Karp quotes Rabbi Dratch.
Yosef Yitzchak Feldman – Filing Lawsuits instead of Paying Reparations –
Failed Messiah covered the news related to former Chabad Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Feldman for years. The accusations against him were, are and will always be in our view astounding. The news reported that he covered up abuse. He was in our view the quintessential Chabad denier of child sex abuse. He did not know it was a crime to touch a child’s genitals.
In our view there are so many people who have suffered, who will live a lifetime of suffering, it’s utterly and totally unthinkable. Yet, instead of apologizing, offering some sort of solace to the victims, paying damages for lives destroyed, Rabbi Feldman is filing suit, many of them.
What we find the most unconscionable piece of this entire story is trying to understand the source of the money for the lawsuits. Should that money not be going to the victims? What, as a Jewish community are we thinking following leaders who would allow this, even encourage it to continue by denying that “touching a child’s genitals” is abuse? By donating, offering support or paying for the lawsuits and ignoring the victims, every financial contributor is complicit in the crimes this former Chabad leader allowed to go un-prosecuted. As far as we know, the crimes were not Feldman’s crimes, they were those of members of his synagogue, those against children entrusted in his care.
The Chabad ultra-Orthodox community in Australia should rethink its values, its views, its definitions of what it means to be a Jew. Something has gone dramatically and sickeningly awry if tzedukkah means supporting these lawsuits instead of the lives of the many victims these lawsuits truly undermine. There are no other words and even these are not adequate.
The following is a link to the countless accounts and stories written and published, followed and criticized, detailed and penned by Failed Messiah as Feldman claimed to be protecting kids and yet discouraged them from reporting to police – redefining sexual abuse.
After that follows a link to the lawsuits, numerous lawsuits. While we were unable to get our hands on the complaints, anyone with access is free to send them over and we will publish.
Failed Messiah – accounts of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Feldman’s forays into redefining sexual abuse and arguing leniency for abusers instead of validation and understanding, compassion and justice for the abused.
The director of the ultra-orthodox Jewish Yeshiva centre in Sydney has resigned after last week telling a royal commission hearing he did not know it was a crime for an adult to touch a child’s genitals.
Rabbi Yosef Feldman’s evidence at a Melbourne hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was widely criticised by Australia’s broader Jewish community.
In a statement, Rabbi Feldman apologised for the comments he made to the royal commission and said he would step down from all responsibilities as the director on the board of management at Yeshiva.
“I apologise to anyone in the Rabbinate, the Jewish community and the wider Australian community who may have been embarrassed or ashamed by my views, words, understandings, recordings or emails about child sexual abuse or any other matter,” he said.
“I have dedicated my life to doing whatever I can to protect and assist all people in need including those who have suffered from any form of abuse, especially children, and it pains me greatly that words that I have expressed have upset victims and their families.
“In the future I will be more careful with my words, so that they are only a source of pride to the Jewish and General community.
“I commit to undertake formal training and education on how to identify, handle and report abuse allegations.”
During the royal commission hearing, Rabbi Feldman said not all abuse cases should be referred to police and that paedophiles should be granted leniency.
“I would be asking for more leniency on people who have shown that they haven’t offended in the last 20 years or decades ago, and have psychological analyses that this is the case,” he said on Monday.
He said the approach would show “when you do the right thing, you won’t get mistreated badly and it’s not the end of the world … then you are not treated like a pariah, like a scum of the Earth.”
He also told the hearing he did not know it was a crime for an adult to touch a child’s genitals.
Rabbi Feldman also said publicity surrounding child sexual abuse “encourages even people who may not be real victims or may want to be considered heroes” to go to the police.
On Tuesday a child abuse victim said the evidence given by Rabbi Feldman showed the Yeshivah community was “rotten to the core” and called for leaders who ignored molestation to be banished from power.