Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Challenge To All Rabbis Connected To Agudath Israel

"You can bring a horse to water, yet you can't make them drink."

How do we encourage the rabbis connected with Agudath Israel to change their ways when it comes to dealing with allegations of sex crimes? How can we make them see that they have been adding to the problems? Considering the number of cases being uncovered that were mishandled (on an almost daily basis), one would think they would jump at the chance to sincerely ask for help?

I'll admit that there are small groups out there that are very gently and slowly trying to educate our rabbis. The problem is that this method is not appropriate due to the immediate dangers involved to unsuspecting individuals who are about to become the next victim of a sex crime. Each day that goes by at least one more child or adult is becoming the newest victim.

Next time you see one of the rabbis or individuals listed below, ask them:
  1. How many more victims do we need to create?
  2. How many more individual lives need will be altered in a way that could result with them battling symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression, eating disorders, addictions or even suicide?"
I don't want to say we are at war with our rabbis, yet we are at war with their ignorance and their refusal to change.

If our rabbis really care and really want to protect innocent people they need to make the necessary changes today!

Please look at the list below. If you know any of the individuals listed, encourage them to see the documentary called "Deliver us from evil." It's about a case of clergy abuse with in the Catholic Church. I personally feel it is mandatory for all rabbis of all movements in Judaism to see.

The most serious problem of cover-ups and shaming and blaming survivors seem to be in the charedi world. They definately lack the education needed and we all need to help them open their eyes. We all need to demand that the following rabbis and other individuals watch the documentary
"Deliver us from evil." These individuals need to report back to us explaining how the ways they have been handling allegations of sexually abusive rabbis is any different then the way the Catholic Church has been handling cases of sexually abusive priests?

I understand that this may seem controversial to demand our rabbis to go to a movie theater, for this reason I will personally arrange for private viewing of the documentary (Deliver us from evil) .

  1. Rabbi Labish Becker
  2. Rabbi Aharon Feldman
  3. Rabbi Moshe Heinemann
  4. Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer
  5. Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky
  6. Rabbi Sheftel Neuberger
  7. Rabbi Yaakov Perlow
  8. Rabbi Mattisyahu Salomon
  9. Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg
  10. Marvin Schick
  11. Rabbi Avi Shafran
  12. Rabbi Ephraim Wachsman
  13. Rabbi Beryl Weisbord
  14. Chana Weinberg
  15. Rabbi Noah Weinberg
  16. Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

Rabbi Zwiebel says:
"In recent years, though," the Agudah leader observes, "due to a variety of factors, the authority of daas Torah has been significantly undermined, even within our own chareidi circles. Most troubling has been the proliferation of Internet 'blogs' where misguided individuals feel free to spread every bit of rechilus and loshon hora about rabbonim and roshei yeshiva, all with the intended effect of undermining any semblance of Torah authority in our community. It is most appropriate for an organization like Agudath Israel, whose very essence was built on the recognition of the authority of Torah leaders, to address this issue head on, and formulate concrete plans to reinvigorate public awareness of this essential element of the Torah way of life."


Blogger Lipelle said...

Nice work

November 28, 2006 4:58 PM  

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