Tuesday, December 19, 2006

What do we do about convicted sex offender Rabbi Juda Mintz? (AKA Yehuda Mintz)

From The Awareness Center's Daily Newsletter
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Rabbi Juda Mintz was ordained at the Orthodox Torah V'Daas yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. Back in 2002 Mintz pled guilty to federal charges of possession of child pornography which was found on his synagogue's computer. At the time Mintz was sentenced to one year and one day in a federal penitentiary.

Recently, one of our subscribers sent me a copy of an ad that was published the Los Angeles Jewish Journal in California on November 17, 2006 (see below). I was shocked to learn that Rabbi Mintz is now offering confidential counseling for internet addictions.

Remember that the treatment of sex offenders is still in its infancy. There has not been a proven treatment that works over the long run. Rabbi Mintz in the past admitted that he has had his addiction since his youth. He has only been in recovery for a relatively short time.

Given the information provided above, do you feel that a convicted sex offender should be offering counseling services to others who have sex addictions? Do you think that a Jewish newspaper has the responsibility to screen such ad to protect the public? Remember Mintz confessed to
possessing at least 10 computer files containing photographs of minors engaging in sexual acts?

In old newspaper articles Yehuda Mintz stated his sex addiction has been a problem that he has battled throughout his life. He says he was introduced to pornography at age 9 when his cousin, who stayed with his family to attend rabbinic school, shared girly magazines with him. Throughout his adolescence, he says, it seemed perfectly normal to look at pornographic magazines.

In the same newspaper article Juda Mintz stated his addiction, he says, never affected his work as a rabbi, but it troubled him in other ways. If this was true he would not have been arrested and sentenced to prison.

We as a community have to do what we can to protect innocent individuals from becoming the next victim of a sex crime. Allowing Juda Mintz to provide counseling to others with sex addictions is totally inappropriate. To allow him to advertise in a Jewish newspaper is horrifying.

I want to point out that Rabbi Mintz is not the only rabbi providing counseling to other offenders. We can't forget about the Kabbalah Coach -
Rabbi Michael Ozair.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is doing a wonderful job. I personally received tremendous help from him. I highly recommend his services. He is SAVING LIVES, literally.

You should be ashamed at yourselves for harrassing repentant individuals such as Rabbi Juda Mintz and Michael Ozair. They have learned from their mistakes and are turning their lives around. There are no better candidates to help others, than those that have been in the darkness themselves.

This is quite a judgemental board with a specific agenda in mind, and that is HARASSMENT.

January 08, 2007 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Answer this question. If a person has had a problem with child pornography since he was 9 years old, and all of a sudden they are arrested and they plead guilty how do they turn their life around so quickly? He's been into pornography for at least 50 years.

Did the treatment program he went through really help? I mean that treatment center does not even have a very good reputation. Or could it be he's doing a snow job on everyone?

Remember most sex offenders are charming individuals who can manipulate the pants or skirts off of anyone.

Michael Ozair is another story. He should be spending life in prison with no chance of parole. There's much more to that case then ever hit the news. He molested more then just one child.

January 08, 2007 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nonsense. I know both of them. They are fine decent people. You have a specific agenda (resentment), and you need to blow things out of proportion to demonize these individuals. Its is obvious in your exagerated tone.

I do not feel there is anything wrong with blogging about those who are still acting out. But I felt you were just over the line in demonizing two individuals who have changed things around, as I can testify to.

It just seems unecessarily cruel and unjust. Going after the repetant ones is morally unfair, and I just needed to say something.

Rabbi Juda Mintz has worked with me in my own recovery, and is a fine individual!

If you do not believe in forgiveness and teshuvah, then stop reading the Torah, because you will find HUMAN people who made grave mistakes, and their greatness was in changing things around.


January 09, 2007 3:07 AM  

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