Sunday, September 25, 2005

It Sickens Me - Today at "Jewish Speed Learning"

The following is from Liya Erela:

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Today I was at an event called
"Jewish Speed Learning", which was sponsored by the Center for Jewish Education and the JCC of Baltimore, MD.

I was outraged to see that these two organization would invite Rabbi Yaakov Menken to be one of their presenters.

I hope the only reason he was invited had to do with the fact they were not aware that they put unsuspecting women at risk of harm.

It's obvious that none of the rabbis who are very familiar with the allegations against this man were more interested in protecting their friend, then they were of protecting non-observant women.

You have to realize that Menken does have some very good friends and influential buddies that he daven's with at the Glenn Avenue Shul. I guess it doesn't matter to his friends that Rabbi Yaakov Menken confessed to HaRav Kaminsky "that he didn't sexual assault his victim"; yet he did confessed to having sexual relations with her.

I guess it doesn't matter to the rabbunim of Baltimore that Menken is married and has children? I'm sure they will tell you that Menken is a master doing Kiruv work (Jewish outreach). You can see that at his website. Why should anyone be concerned. Remember Menken said "the entire affair was the victims fault".

I have a problem with this kind of thinking. Don't forget that Rabbi Yaakov Menken is an orthodox rabbi. I guess he is exempt from halacha? I guess it's ok for him to have sex with a woman other then his wife? I guess it's ok for him to be having sexual relations with women he is doing kiruv work with too?

  1. Rabbi Yaakov Menken - Part I
  2. Rabbi Yaakov Menken - Part II
If you agree with the way I see things please contact Rivkah Lambert Alder who was the contact person for the program. Please make sure she is aware of the danger she placed women in. Center for Jewish Education at 410-735-5010.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you. I agree with you 100%

September 26, 2005 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you 0%

September 26, 2005 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work! It's about time this crap is out in the open. I'm so sick and tired of this going on and on and on.

September 26, 2005 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liya Erela
Thank you for the courage it took to speak your mind. Did you say anything to anyone directly while you were there?

September 27, 2005 10:13 PM  
Blogger BTA said...

So what's the deal with Yaakov Menken? This is all kind of vague.

Was there any proceeding? What has he been accused of? Has he admitted to anything yet? Are the police involved?
What are the halachic rules re: witnesses, since obviously if he did things one on one and with a woman, there would theoretically be no eidus whatsoever of these crimes. I seriously would like to know.

Luke Ford's site and Awareness are very vague. No direct facts there.
Thanks and hatzlocha to you.

November 17, 2005 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not call Luke Ford on the phone or email him and ask questions regarding the allegations made against Menken.

His email address is:

November 18, 2005 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Punishment

61% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.

84% of all rapes in the United States are Date (Acquaintance) Rapes

A woman is 5 times more likely to be raped by someone she knows.

57% of all sexual assaults take place on dates or in the context of relationships

If the rape is reported to police, there is a 50.8% chance that an arrest will be made.

If an arrest is made, there is an 80% chance of prosecution.

If there is a prosecution, there is a 58% chance of a felony conviction.

If there is a felony conviction, there is a 69% chance the convict will spend time in jail.

So, even in the 39% of attacks that are reported to police, there is only a 16.3% chance the rapist will end up in prison.

Factoring in unreported rapes, about 6% of rapists—1 out of 16— will ever spend a day in jail. 15 out of 16 will walk free. According to the US Department of Justice.

[Probability statistics compiled by NCPA from US Department of Justice statistics]

November 18, 2005 10:58 AM  

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