Sunday, January 28, 2007

Professor Marc B. Shapiro, Orthodox rape cover-up is hardly a recent phenomenon

From Jewish Whistleblower:
Dan Rabinowitz at the Seforim blog posts an interesting post in the name of Professor Marc B. Shapiro [] demonstrating that covering up sexual abuse (rape in this case) in the Orthodox community is "hardly a recent phenomenon".

Thursday, January 25, 2007
Uncensored Books (Dr. Marc B. Shapiro)

Uncensored Books
Marc B. Shapiro
As long as I am talking about the very interesting sefer Ma’aneh Eliyahu [volume of teshuvot by Gaon R. Eliyahu Rabinowitz-Teomim, the Aderet] let me also call attention to something in it that is relevant to what is in the news today. I refer to the problem of rabbis covering up cases of sexual abuse. In no. 32 the Aderet deals with a case where a girl was raped by two young Jewish men. Her family wanted to report this to the police, so that the rapists would receive a fitting punishment. The Aderet writes:

#1514;י אל לבם להשקיט הדבר, לבל יתחלל שם ישראל בעמים מהפקרות ופריצות צעירי הנערים, לאנוס ולנאוף ולחלל שבת ולרצוח, וגם יש סכנה בדבר לריב עם עזי פנים כמותם, ושמעו אלי.

We see from this that the practice of covering up these sorts of things is hardly a recent phenomenon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the time of the Aderes you were able to get away in many locales with vigilante justice. If that was a viable option, then this would not be an early example of covering up crimes. Something that small people who wear the cloak of greatness are guilty of.

January 28, 2007 10:41 PM  

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