Questions for Agudath Israel of America and Some Rabbis At Ner Israel
The following was comment was posted on hirhurim blog. I thought it was relevant.
I was just going over the list of rabbis who signed the letter from Baltimore. I noticed that rabbi Aharon Feldman and rabbi Beryl Weisbord didn't sign the letter. Considering they are key players at Ner Israel I'm surprised.
I am also curious if Rabbi Avi Shafran will make a public statement regarding the letter his father signed. If I remember correctly he stated in the JTA article that came out a few months ago:
Salomon, a dean of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, N.J., one of the world's largest yeshivas, said, according to an Agudath Israel spokesman, that haredim are indeed guilty of "sweeping things under the carpet."The article continued with:
What he meant was open to interpretation. Salomon declined comment, but according to the Agudath Israel spokesman, Rabbi Avi Shafran, Salomon meant that rather than ignoring or covering up sexual misconduct, as detractors maintain, haredi officials deal with it discreetly to protect the dignity of the families of perpetrators and victims.
The response to Salomon's remarks was swift and often heated, with several Web site and blog contributors arguing that the rabbi's comments should be taken literally that is, haredi officials often look the other way when clergy sex abuse takes place in their midst.
Shafran, who accused the online detractors of making glib and sweeping generalizations without corroborating evidence, termed the comments "abhorrent.
Shafran said he doubts that clergy sex abuse is more prevalent in the fervently Orthodox world than elsewhere. Asked whether victims there are afraid to report abuse, he said, "I hope it's not true. But it's easy to see how someone would be reluctant to publicly report such an issue."
He said modesty, which is prized by many haredim, might preclude the open discussion of matters "that are part of the average radio talk show agenda.