Rarely does the abuser or the enablers take responsibility for what occured. A formal insincere apology need not be taken seriously. It is often part of a manipulation to reverse things and make the survivor feel guilty. -- Rabbi Yosef Blau
Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of repentance (teshuva), considered to be the holiest and most solemn day of the year. Its central theme is atonement and reconciliation. Many survivors wonder about the prayers said by alleged and convicted sex offenders. Can they really do teshuva?
- Will Rabbi Mordechai Gafni daven at a residential treatment center for sex offenders? Will 5767 be the year he recreates himself as a "cured" rapist (with a new name and identity)? Or will it be the year that his survivors will finally see justice? Three of whom have been waiting since the 1980's.
- Will the prayers of the survivors of Rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz's prayers be heard by God this year? Will they finally see justice? They have only been waiting since 1984.
- Will alleged child molester - Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau and his buddy alleged sex offender - Rabbi Yaakov Menken daven in Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer's shul? Will they both continue to be protected by Rabbis Heinemann, Hopfer and Neuberger in 5767? How much longer will it take the community of Baltimore to wake up and "just say NO" to enabling sex offenders?