Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Vatican's Pederasty Problem is Aired in Public, The Rabbis' Pederasty Problem is Confronted Privately

Here's something Vatican prelates and their elder brothers have very much in common. But Baltimore Jewish Times editor, Phil Jacobs' disingenuous title implies that pederasty is a typically Catholic problem. By reading his sloppily formatted essay, however, his hypocrisy becomes readily apparent. When will we see the rabbinic pederasty problem being aired prime-time on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX--as the pederasty problem in Catholic parishes has been--rather than in publications intended only for Judaic readers such as the Baltimore Jewish Times?

And will Jacobs and others who confront the rabbinic pederasty problem in private also confront the authoritative Orthodox rabbinic teaching which mandates that rabbis cannot even be accused of pederasty (Babylonian Talmud, Kiddushin 82a)?

The “Catholic Conference of Orthodox Rabbis”

Phil Jacobs - Baltimore Jewish Times


It was as controlled an environment as a fish tank. The temperature was right, the filter was working perfectly, there was enough food sprinkled on top for feeding.
Over 500 people don’t just come to a meeting on a freezing February night to hear what the Vaad HaRabbonim wanted them to hear. They, for the most part, ate the “fish food.”
Questions were controlled and filtered.
The man we really all came to hear was ostensibly silenced by a time limitation.
Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, a man who knows of so much community pain and victimization, is given the opportunity to speak…for an inordinately long period of time. He took from the time we could have used to get yet another question in for Dr. Pelcovitz.
So before we start thumping our chests about what a wonderful success story last Wednesday night was, this was opportunity missed.
Hug your kid, make him tougher, call your rabbi. That’s right, keep it in the fish tank, in the filtered water, in the community.
That’s pretty much all you have to know.
A letter from the Vaad went out on April 11 of 2007. Ten months later, we have a meeting. Did it ever occur to anyone why the numbers were so high at this meeting? Was it because we had nothing else to do on a Wednesday night? People are hurting. They need help. Some looked around the room nervously and took note of the friends and neighbors they saw there.
Where were the civil authorities to address us? Molestation is a felony, isn’t it? Who do we call if we suspect something is wrong, a rabbi? Should I call a rabbi if I see a house burning down? Should I call a rabbi if a kid breaks his arm? Should I call a salesman if I want to learn about Shabbat?
Don’t accept last Wednesday evening. Demand that something better be presented.
Where were the 23 who so “bravely” signed that letter last April 11? I’d say less than half attended. A couple of the rabbis even left early
Maybe we should have a meeting without the rabbis. Maybe we’d feel less inhibited about asking real questions. Rabbis, did you look around the sanctuary last Wednesday? Did it dawn on you that some of these people were perhaps coming because they needed to be saved some how?
A small handful of rabbis showed admirable effort getting a full house last week. You brought the issue to the front, which I give you total credit for.
But we are all still wondering what to do now? Do we wait another 10 months?
The name of the program was “How To Protect Our Children.” An obviously frustrated man sitting near me had his own name for the evening. He simply renamed it a meeting of the “Catholic Conference of Orthodox Rabbis.”


Dear Phil Jacobs,

The hypocrisy of the title of your opinion piece, "The 'Catholic Conference of Orthodox Rabbis'” is astounding. You rightly attack the rabbis for their mafia-like code of silence, but these concerns are aired in publications intended only for Judaic readers thereby perpetuating the very problem lamented. Have you contacted ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, The New York Times, et al, about this? Will the rabbinic pederasty problem saturate the prime-time airwaves as the Catholic pederasty problem has? If not, why? Do you prefer that the world falsely believe that pederasty is a Catholic exclusive? I wish you luck in dealing with the rabbinic pederasty problem while the rabbis are provided cover from the shame they deserve. You're going to need it.


Phil Jacobs, Executive Editor, Baltimore Jewish Times

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