Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mesira XIV: There is No Ex-Tradition in our Tradition

Author’s note – This is the third and keynote post in a three part series. This post is not intended to be read independent of first two posts. If you haven’t read the earlier posts they are available HERE (scroll down for the earliest post).

I totally encourage and invite comments for or against. However, if you want to write something critical, my advice is to be sure to read the entire post first (actually, the entire series) and make an effort to understand what it says. I am saying this for your benefit.

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It appears that we are constantly hearing new stories of seksual miscreants within the chareidi community. As such, we are convinced that we are facing an epidemic. Yet, one common characteristic of an epidemic is that sometimes new types of cases come up and are readily [mis]diagnosed as “just another case” when it may not really be so.

I don’t doubt that there is much too much hanky-panky going on and that some of the villains that have been exposed are truly guilty of the allegations. But there is way too much sheker in this world to allow us to take everything that we read and hear (and certainly do not see for ourselves) at face value. Every rumor and news story has to be evaluated for what it says and what it doesn’t say.

The story that I want to discuss is the case of Malka Leifer, the former Headmistress of the Adass school in Australia. I was first inspired to write about it when I saw a post in Rabbi Eidenson’s Daas Torah Blog way back on Friday, June 3. Since then, I have seen many variations of this news item in various media and Rabbi Eidenson has since moved on to discuss other known sex offenders (who may or may not be living two doors away from me).

It took me much research to get a firm grasp on this story and everything that I write about it has been gleaned from copious Internet sources, some more reliable than others. Here is the scoop:

Malka Leifer is an Israeli woman who was recruited by the ultra-Chareidi Adass community in Melbourne, Australia to head the girls’ high school. She came in 2001 bringing the younger five of her eight children. The sources indicate that her husband was only in Australia occasionally.

Around March, 2008, a former student living in E”Y accused Malka Leifer of “sexual” misconduct. When the allegations reached Australia, they were initially met with disbelief. Within a week or two, however, the allegations were intensified. About March 12, an investigation was opened at the school board. A hasty commission (with a beis din) convened and decided to immediately terminate her employment. Within 24 hours, they spirited her and her family out of Australia back to E”Y. 

In 2012, some of the accusers filed criminal complaints in Australia and she was indicted in absentia for 74 counts of “indecent assault” and “rape”. The Australian authorities made a formal request for extradition and Malka Leifer was placed in house arrest in Eretz Yisroel in Sept. 2014. Since then, there have been about 8 or 10 scheduled hearings for extradition but she missed every single one of them claiming to be beset with panic attacks.

The current news item of June 3, 2016 is that an Israeli judge, Amnon Cohen, ruled that she is currently unfit for extradition, that she is to be released from house arrest, her bail money restored, and she must undergo psychiatric treatment for six months. Extradition hearings are now suspended until October 2016.

As to be expected, this ruling caused an uproar among the “accusers”, supporters and child advocacy groups who were bent on her extradition and are calling for her blood.

Kill the beastie. Slit her throat. Spill her blood!

There is currently a petition initiated by the Tzed-ikim – Manny Waks, Michelle Meyer and Fiona Sweet-Formiatti (I do not think she is Jewish) – calling for her extradition. One letter from Change.org reads: "Malka Leifer must face 74 child-sex (emphasis mine – YH) charges in Australia." This petition has 1758 supporters as of this writing.

The second one from Tzedek.org.au (Michelle Meyer and Manny Waks) claims 3365 supporters. The text is much milder “Bring Leifer to Justice” but the description clearly says: But we need your help today. Malka Leifer is still walking free overseas and escaping 74 charges of child sexual assault - it's abhorrent. Please join us today in emailing the Israeli Justice Minister urging for Malka Leifer to be extradited to Melbourne to face charges immediately.

All told, this adds up to over 5100 supporters, most of them Jewish and many of them even mitzvah observant.

5100 consumers that do not know how to think like a Jew!

If you are reading this (and read my previous two posts) and do not recognize what is wrong here – I strongly fear that you may be just like them.  

Before we go on, there is one episode of this drama that I have thus far omitted.

In Sept. 2015, one of the alleged victims was awarded by the Australian Supreme Court a judgment of $1.27M (I assume Australian dollars). Even though Malka Leifer was named in the suit and $150K out of the sum total were an “exemplary charge” against Leifer (exclusively); still, the primary defendant in this suit was the Adass school that employed her. She was not there to challenge any of the accusations, so, naturally, the accusations went unchallenged.

In his ruling, “Justice Jack Rush condemned Leifer, who is challenging extradition proceedings in Israel to face a criminal trial in Melbourne,  as “evil” and “wanton”, and said the school acted “in complete disregard of Leifer’s victims” when  a committee arranged Leifer’s hasty departure from Melbourne to Israel in 2008.”

Such are the facts of the case as I was able to determine from many Internet news sites and some [muck-raker] blogs.

Now it is time to look at this through the eyes of the Chofetz Chaim and those of any kosher Jew.

At this stage, let us use the Julius Caesar approach. I am not [yet] going to suggest that the accused Mrs. Leifer is an innocent shepsel. From the articles I read, taken at face value, there seems to be a significant amount of “raglayim l’davar” to suggest the accusations have merit. For the moment let us not whitewash this accusation one iota. Let us look at her as: Guilty as charged!

What I want to bring out are things that any religious Jew should find disturbing even if she really is guilty as charged.

It goes without saying that I did a lot of work trying to find out as much as possible about this case before I put my neck out to write about it. Some of the things I found were astounding along with some things I didn’t find or almost didn’t find.

One thing that puzzled me is that I could not find a single recent news item anywhere that knew enough about Mrs. Leifer to tell us how old she is, as is the standard in any news story. Eventually, I found one blog post dating back to 2008 which says that she was (in 2008) “believed to be in the late 40s”. We understand from all this that the media does not know a lot about her past.

Why is this important? Because, if this is accurate, it means that she was about forty years old when she first arrived in Australia. Those who understand seksual abuse know that it is almost unheard of for a person to only first become a seksual predator in middle life. Invariably, a middle aged molester is a more advanced younger aged molester. As such, I searched and searched all news items and blogs to find if there were any allegations of any seksual misconduct by the accused prior to 2001. I also looked to see if there were any allegations whatsoever of seksual misconduct subsequent to 2008. This means over the past 8 years.

On both accounts, so far I found nothing! Absolutely nothing!!

Another thing that was very difficult to find – but I finally got it – is that, apparently, she has not admitted to any allegations. In fact, the blog world’s leading source of Lashon Hara/Motzi Shem Rah, Failed Messiah, RIP, wrote as follows in this timeline post:

·         Leifer maintained her innocence and refused to leave.

·       But the next day, Adass members arranged for Leifer's and her whole family's immediate travel to Israel and Leifer flees Australia – apparently because of Gordon's threat to call police.

We also know that there was a civil judgement against her and the school in Australia, but evidently she wasn’t present. So, thus far, she has never stood trial not in a court and not in a beis din and has not been proven guilty of anything.

So, the mindset of any kosher Jew needs to be as follows:

She claims she is innocent and her accusers claim she is guilty. She has absolutely no record of wrongdoing for all of her life outside of the seven years she spent in Australia. She hasn’t stood trial anywhere. We know of no objective witnesses (neemanus) and of no physical evidence (umdena d’muchach) and most likely no individual accusation can be corroborated by a second person of any gender. So, for any specific accusation it’s the single accuser’s word against hers. Since I haven’t the foggiest idea, I should just be patient and wait for more details. In the meantime, every person has a chezkas kashrus.

But if you ask just about anybody who is following this case, they are absolutely convinced that she is guilty. My feeling is that even Rabbi Eidenson thinks so (by virtue of the fact that he made no protest of the situation). After all, she ran. (Well, not really. she was shipped out against her will.) And she refuses to show up in court in Israel. (Would you?) And the Supreme Court in Australia paskened a $1.27 million judgement against her and the school/shul (without her or anyone being available to counter the victims’ claims). So she must be guilty – Raglayim l’davar!

So let’s assume that she is totally guilty. But here is the rub:

The news items indicate that many Jewish people both in Israel and in Australia want her to be extradited back to Australia.


Is it so that she can boldly defend herself in court and thereby show the world that these allegations are totally baseless so that we can all sleep better at night?

This is not what Manny Waks and Michelle Meyer and Shana Aaronson are saying. No, they want her extradited so she can be turned over to the Australian authorities and stand trial in their court and pay dearly for her unsubstantiated crimes. And they are crying that it is so complicated.

In other words, they want her sent back to Australia so they can immediately mahsser her to the non-Jews. This is so she can be tried for alleged crimes that have no basis in the Torah, in a non-Jewish court using non-Jewish standards which will accept subjective uncorroborated one-witness testimony with no physical evidence whatsoever in order to throw her into a non-Jewish prison for what would probably be the rest of her natural life.

In short, the sole purpose for this extradition is to serve justice! To make the evil Mrs. Leifer a lifer!

Justice must be served! Hang the rustlers. Kill the beastie!

And something bothered me. Very much. Very, very much.

You see, we have a psak pesuka from Harav Hagaon R. Dovid Cohen, Shlita that one can immediately turn over a molester to the police no questions asked. Of course, he did mention something in passing about a consultation for the offender to give him (or her) a chance to defend himself, but let’s not get bogged down in trivialities. When asked why this is permissible, he replied because a molester has a din of a rodef and/or מצער את הצבור.

Let’s buy that.

Likewise, 107 prominent Rabbanim came out with a Kol Koreh that states that one who even suspects child abuse must promptly report it to law enforcement. Why? Because this is called Lo Taamod!

Let’s buy this, too. (Though we may later examine exactly until how old one remains a child from the Torah’s perspective.)

In other words, it is permissible to turn in a molester in order to protect the community members (always: “children”) who are in danger. It is a question of rodef and Lo taamod! It is for protection!

Excuse me, but if I read the news reports correctly, this lady is currently in Eretz Yisroel and has no plans to ever set foot in Australia ever again. They drove her out of the country. There is not a single person in all of Australia that is in danger of her. Where is the rodef? Where is the Lo Taamod??

Why on earth should anybody from Australia want her back for any reason whatsoever? They ran her out. They protected their community. Done.

Now, it may be apropos to discuss how she should be handled in Eretz Yisroel, but to extradite her to Australia for the sole (i.e., exclusive, only) purpose of mahssering her to the non-Jews? And people are “Outraged” that this is not happening!! And the “religious” commenters on the Daas Torah blog and other such publications אשר לא יודעים בין ימינם ושמאלם are sharing in this “outrage” and calling for blood!

Kill the beastie! Kill the pig. Slit her throat! Spill her blood!

Why? To protect who?

Oh, yes, justice must be served. But has anybody besides the accuser(s) seen the “beastie” in action?

Let me repeat - We are talking about sending a frum Jewish woman who keeps mitzvos and kashrus and covers her hair and who claims to be innocent from E”Y to Chutz L”Aretz for the sole purpose of turning her over to non-Jewish authorities! To face trial on their terms and to sit in their jail.

This is not to protect anybody in Australia and it is quite doubtful, at this point, if there is a need to protect anybody here in E”Y. This is strictly for “Justice” (i.e., revenge)!

Are you a Torah observant Jew? Are you not outraged at this ubiquitous consumerist “Outrage”?

So the genie is out of the bottle – מתוך שהותרה מסירה לגויים לצורך פיקוח נפש (רודף) הותרה נמי שלא לצורך פיקוח נפש (כשאינו רודף).

Mitoch she’hutra for what we call a “child molester” or "pedophile" hutra nami for one who is not a “child molester” or "pedophile".

Now that I mentioned “the Genie”, I think I need to dwell on it a bit. I first mentioned “the Genie” in a post I wrote in 2009 in regard to the Markey Bill. This is a proposed bill in the NY State legislature aimed at removing the statute of limitations for sex crimes. Agudas Yisroel opposed the bill for the following reason: 

The bill would open the door for people to sue both perpetrators and institutions for compensation for offenses committed long ago. In practice, however, since perpetrators are usually broke, it won’t be worthwhile for victims to sue them. They will more often vent their wrath against the institutions or organizations that provided the venue for the offense so long ago; in many, if not most, cases, this happened without their being aware of it. From a Halachic standpoint, it is very questionable if the institutions are at fault and should have any liability even if it happened yesterday. How much more so, if the current status and administration personnel of the institution are not the same as at the time of the offense.

In short, this is a bill which, more often than not, would unjustly squeeze money from, and possibly cripple or destroy, reputable institutions and do nothing to punish or discourage perpetrators and to reduce any future abuse. Even if the intent of the bill is to be helpful, the probable result will be needlessly destructive. It makes no sense to support such a bill. I concurred with this position in my post.

Let’s return to our case. As noted, a significant news item related to this case is that last September one of the alleged victims won a $1.27 million judgement. This has served to bolster the feeling of many that the accused is indeed guilty. Most people do not notice that a second lawsuit was dropped. Allegedly, there was an out-of-court settlement. Out-of-court settlements usually mean that the plaintiff’s case had cracks in it.

Yet, there was a large judgement. Against who?

Well, although a part of it (less than 15%) was directly applied to the accused offender – in absentia, the lion’s share was applied to the school (who tried to “pass the buck” to the shul).

I learned many things from this news report. One thing is that the alleged victim is 28 years old in 2015 and is claiming that she was abused from 2003-2006. This means the abuse started when she was 16 years old (other reports said 15) and lasted for four years until she was about 19 (or 18). In all this time, she never formally complained to anybody about the abuse. We will talk more about this later.

All the reports seem to say that the school was not alerted of any wrongdoing by anybody until 2008 and though it may have taken up to two weeks to accept that there was a problem, the school immediately shipped her out of Australia for good, thus protecting the students in the best way possible.

I have not seen anybody reported to have a problem with this judgement. The impression I get is that all of the victim’s advocacy groups and most armchair quarterbacks are applauding it.

Good for these victims!! More power to them!! Use it in good health!! Enjoy all the well-deserved gelt that you ---
fleeced from a school that did you no wrong merely because you couldn’t reek your vengeance on the true perpetrator.

If there was ever any need for proof of the validity of the Agudas Yisroel position that the Markey bill would be used primarily to fleece mostly blameless Yeshivos and organizations, and would not do a tittle to reduce abuse cases, nor would it likely affect past abusers, I could not have found a better true-to-life poster-child example than this case.

Now, everything that I have written to this point is based on the assumption that every allegation took place exactly as described by the accusers and that Malka Leifer is the most evil machashefa who ever walked the earth. That she is a lezbian pedophile and a rapist and a child abuser as so many news items and advocates proclaimed. An incorrigible monster. A menace to society.

I have not whitewashed this story a drop.

And still, there is absolutely no hetter to even think of extraditing this woman to Australia and there is no Halachic justification for the poor abused victims to fleece the school in lieu of restitution from the actual molester.

The truth is that I honestly feel that there is a basis to these allegations. When eight to ten adult women give similar accounts of molestation, it is hard dismiss it out of hand.

Note, I did not write that I “believe” that the charges are true or that I “think” the charges are true, just that I feel that they are true. It’s just a feeling.

Evidently, this feeling is shared by many, many more people who know nothing more than what they read in the Internet. Yet, most members of The Ox Bow Incident posse felt that Donald Martin was a cattle rustler and the entire jury in To Kill a Mockingbird felt that Tom Robinson was a rapist. And a whole island full of boys “knew” there was a “beastie”. But they were wrong.

Only happens in fiction. Right?

The problem is that we Jews have Halachos that tell us that we are not allowed to rely on our feelings to prosecute anybody in any form. Our feelings may not be accurate. Consumers rely on their feelings. Not on what they know to be true.

We cannot be consumers. We cannot treat feelings as a given. In extreme cases we can rely on them to protect, but not to prosecute.

So, let’s put aside our feelings and think about this like a Jew or, as Rav Y. D. Soloveitchik, ZT”L might say, like a Halachic Man. And don’t forget the Chofetz Chaim who, aside from telling us that to be dan l’kaf zechus is an obligation, he also tells us the criteria for being malshin. Among these is: Not to embellish the truth.

So let’s look at the truth from the Torah’s eyes and do a little bit of “whitewashing”. Note – At this point I am still maintaining that all the allegations are true!

Who is Malka Leifer?

Is she a pedophile?

No. A pedophile is one who has a primary or exclusive seksual attraction toward pre-pubescent children. Nobody has even accused her of abusing anybody under the age of 15.

Is she a sex offender by Torah standards?

Ironic as it seems, intimate activity between grown females does not fall under the classification of a seksual act.

Is she a transgressor of any serious Torah prohibitions ben Adam L’Makom?

Not really. The Rambam that we quoted in the last post says there is no explicit Torah prohibition for this behavior. Though it does call for makkos mardus.

Is she a rapist?

There are two problems with applying the term “rape”. One is that it implies a forbidden seksual act and, by Torah standards, female intimacy does not really qualify. The second is that it implies physical coercion (certainly by the Torah’s definition). Although this case involves unsolicited “touching” and intimidation or manipulation of very naïve and vulnerable teenagers, there was no claim of actual coercion.

So, is she a “Child sex abuser”?

Thus far we have established that from a Torah perspective there were no “children” and there was no “sex” involved. Also no physical coercion. So, not really. From a Western standpoint where one can be called a “child” (and thus be absolved from personal responsibility) way past puberty, and where any intimate act is considered “sex”, and where any form of duress is called “coercion”, the term will fit.

Is she a confirmed or “serial” sex predator?

As I wrote, I have yet to find a single report of any kind of molestation prior to 2003 nor subsequent to 2008. Until proven otherwise, the answer is no.

Is she a lezbian?

It appears that all of this activity happened only in Australia and was very likely a result of unfulfilled intimate urges due to her husband being constantly absent. Thus, it was probably only a substitute for the preferred but lacking heteroseksual intimacy. So the answer is no.

So, after all this, all of the news reports and blogs that embellish the story with descriptions of Mrs. Leifer as a “pedophile”, “rapist”, “lesbian”, or “child sex abuser” are more or less false. There is no indication that any of these descriptions are applicable.

So far, I still haven’t even suggested that the allegations themselves are untrue.

At this stage, I want to stick in one piece of limud zechus. This is a known fact that I wrote about in previous posts. A large percentage of seksual “predators”, if not the majority, were themselves victims of abuse. With this in mind, I have written previously that even confirmed predators need to be treated with this consideration. Of course, we may need to put this consideration on the back burner when the welfare of others is at stake, but to repeat the main point of this entire post: the welfare of others is not at stake in this case.

After we know all this, we can perhaps shed some light on Mrs. Leifer and this is my personal take. Mrs. Leifer was a tough lady on the outside but a somewhat troubled and very insecure person on the inside. Perhaps she had a history of being abused herself. She probably initially thought she could handle the loneliness of being overseas and of rarely seeing her husband but it eventually overwhelmed her and she was too ashamed to quit or to demand more availability from her husband. The students were indeed naïve and vulnerable and thus she indeed turned into a temporary molester and manipulated them. Still and all, none of this involved transgressing or causing the girls to transgress any severe issurim of the Torah. Also, though legally minors, they were still not children and they were still not forced. They played an active role in this drama. A passive one but an active one nonetheless. I will expound on this part later.

This obviously does not exonerate her behavior but it is something to consider when we think how appropriate it is to send her back to Australia to be treated like the lesbian, pedophile, rapist, serial sex offender and sinner that she clearly is not.

I’m not done.

All of this is still assuming that all of the allegations are 100% true.

Warning! - We are about to enter the twilight zone where white becomes black and black becomes white. Some readers seem to be put off by suggestions that challenge their pre-conceived notions of innocence, guilt, and victimhood. If you are such a reader, please skip this section until the "End of Twilight Zone" notice.

But are they? What do we know about the veracity of the allegations?

Did she confess to any wrongdoing?

No she did not.

Did she run away?

According to famed schmutz-raker Failed Messiah, “Leifer maintained her innocence and refused to leave.” Trust me, when he writes something that isn’t schmutz, you can believe it.

Was she proven guilty in any court or beis din?

She has not attended either one.

Are there any objective witnesses?

No news item seemed to say that there are.

Is there any physical evidence?

How can there possibly be?

So, then, what is there?

Nothing at all except for the tearful testimony of the several victims, three of whom are sisters.

Are there any two victims that can testify to any given event to corroborate the testimony?

Could be, but nothing as such was reported. And if there are, the questions that I pose further on about their prolonged silence is only magnified.

So – what do we know about these victims?

In general we know scant little. The most we know about are the three sisters because they are the ones that sued the school.

Are they nice frum eidel girls that came from a happy healthy loving home whose innocence was suddenly snatched away by this “wanton, evil” woman?

They may have been nice and frum and eidel but it is questionable how innocent. From The Age (Victoria): The former student, now 27, told the court she was brought up in a family dominated by her physically abusive mother and that Mrs Leifer offered to help her.
And again: The alleged victim said she feared Mrs Leifer would tell others in the ultra-orthodox Adass community about her abusive home life, which would damage her marriage prospects.

And in this tabloid (UK Daily Mail): Leifer allegedly began grooming the student, using the girl’s physically abusive home life as a way to get close to her, Victoria’s Supreme Court heard this week.

Okay, Houston, we have a problem. Evidently, according to these news-rags, these girls had a physically abusive mother (or “home life”). While this does not mitigate the abusiveness of Mrs. Leifer, it does add another player into the mix. Firstly, let me restate the rule of b’chlal ma'atayim manna – included into 200 is 100. This means that there is no such thing as only physical abuse at the hands of a parent. If a parent physically abuses a child, there is inevitably emotional abuse in the package. So these two sources, if they can be believed, indicate that these three girls were already subject to physical and emotional abuse at home.

At what age? Well, if one has an abusive parent, it usually is in effect from day one. So, for instance, these girls were seemingly abused – perhaps not seksually, but at least physically and emotionally - by their mother continuously when they were three years old and when they were six years old, and when they were nine, and twelve, etc. And now, at 15, comes Mrs. Leifer and takes advantage of the situation.

So, without absolving any blame due to Malka Leifer, I still have an issue in the Age Victoria article: The court heard on Wednesday that the former student's abuse started in 2002, when she was 15, and as a result had suffered flashbacks, nightmares, persistent depression, post traumatic stress disorder and at one point was suicidal.

All of the above indicates that these girls may have come from troubled backgrounds. They may have been troubled girls for many years before they come into the clutches of the wicked schoolmistress. Now, it is quite likely that the added abuse by Mrs. Leifer brought things to a climax as the gemara tells us (Baba Kamma 51a): If one digs a pit 9 tefachim (not enough to cause death of an animal) and a second comes and completes it to 10 tefachim (capable of causing death), the second digger is liable. So, based on this, Mrs. Leifer should carry the full brunt of the damage.

Nevertheless, this only applies if the first digger had not already achieved the 10-tefach death-capable mark. However, if the first digger initially dug the pit a full 10 tefachim and the second one only added to that amount, they are equally liable.

So before we determine if the abuse from Mrs. Leifer is what brought the "pit to its death-mark” and "as a result" brought about the “flashbacks, nightmares, PTSD, and suicidal [tendencies]”, we must determine if the pit was not already at the death mark from the initial abuse that took place at home. Perhaps there should be another $150K “exemplary charge” against the mother of the girls??

I am only half kidding. As I wrote in previous posts, I am not unfamiliar with cases of covering up domestic abuse by blaming someone else from outside the home. You know who else did just that? Mayella Ewell. Her father beat her up and she swore to the court that it was Tom Robinson (fiction again, right?)

And even if the second person is indeed blameworthy, the question becomes: is the second person as blameworthy as he or she is being made out to be?

A few more questions about these victims.

How old were they?

Some reports just approximated 15-16 years old. But the report about the $1.27M judgement revealed a lot more. It said that the victim, now 28 (in 2015) was contending she was abused from 2003-2006. This works out to four years from 16-19 even though another report indicates more like 15-18. One report said, “Until she was married.”

Four years?? Four years of abuse?? The abuse was not a solitary incident nor a string of solitary incidents. It was four years of continuous abuse. And she (or her sisters) told nobody?

Did they tell their own mother?

Two possibilities, either they did or they didn’t. If they didn’t - why not? The easy answer would be that their relationship with their mother was strained (due to past abuse) and they couldn’t or wouldn’t. The other possibility is that they did tell her and she didn’t believe them or act on it. Both possibilities run along the same track and indirectly make the mother an accessory to the abuse.

Did they tell the school or anybody else?

It doesn’t look like it. And why not?

The news items present us with a myriad explanations:

(1)        Naiveté - They were from such a sheltered environment cut off from all outside influences that they had no clue what was happening.

(2)        Brainwashing – They were told that this is a preparation for marriage and a worthy act.

(3)        Insecurity – They did not think they would be believed.

(4)        Shame – It would hinder their prospects for shidduchim.

(5)        Fear of G-d – They did not want to stumble in Lashon Hara and Mesira

(6)        Fear of [Wo]Man (Intimidation) - As one report wrote, Mrs. Leifer threatened to reveal her “abusive home” and ruin her shidduch prospects.

And we can add to the above:

(7)        Complacency – After a while they just got used to it.

All of these are presented in the press (perhaps not #7) and they all make sense. They are all valid explanations for their silence. However, explanations are not always excuses.

Note that there is a conflict between explanations 1-2 to explanations 3-7. Explanations 1-2 suggest the victim(s) had no idea that she was doing anything forbidden, but explanations 3-7 suggest that she was quite aware that there is something wrong and they kept quiet anyway. Up to the age of 18 and beyond!

So she (or they) kept silent. For four years. They went along with Mrs. Leifer and complied with her antics. It was certainly for all the above reasons, but they complied with her nonetheless. They basically unwittingly collaborated with their abuser.

This condition is called: Co-dependency. Co-dependency is a form of abuse and victimization but the victim herself plays a part in it.

I do not want to judge but I do want to question:

Until what age is it acceptable to be naïve and brainwashed? At what point is a person obligated to realize that if he/she does not scream out he/she is giving tacit consent to what is happening to them?

The Torah (Devarim 22:24) tells us that the 12 year old na’ara is liable (as far as death) for the fact that she didn’t scream. She is guilty because she did not alert anybody. These victims began at 15 or 16 but they let this business go on until 18 or 19. They let it go on.

Now, I really do not mean to call the victims “guilty”. I fully sympathize with them for the [alleged] abuse itself and the fear and shame and insecurity and confusion that compelled them to keep silent. Their pain and silence can be understood and accepted...until they use the silence as a weapon!

It is one thing to invoke these explanations to defend one’s inactions, but it is quite another to use them to incriminate another’s.

So let’s talk about the school. What did the school contribute to this drama?

There is no evidence that the school administration was aware of anything until a few days before she was shipped back to E”Y. And why should they? The girls did not tell the school officials, they did not even tell their own parents.

[Incidentally, one schmutz-raker blog that calls itself Frum Follies was ardently searching for some proof that the school knew about it beforehand. The best he could come up with was a very vague statement in a court document that said: she confirmed the plaintiff’s allegations with the plaintiff’s sister and a person at the School. 

I don’t think there is any proof in this statement. Firstly, this record is the testimony of the plaintiff and to be 'proof', this has to come from a source other than the uncorroborated word of the plaintiff. Moreover, even if his assertion were established, it only tells us that the school was aware sometime in 2007. To implicate the school, it must be established that they were aware of misconduct when it was taking place which is from 2003-2006. 2007 is after the fact. In addition, we are not clear exactly who was this "person at the school”, what exactly this person “confirmed”, when this confirmation took place, or even if “a person at the school” implies an additional person other than the plaintiff’s sister. Outside of this, I have not found anything at all to suggest that the school knew anything before March of 2008 and neither has he.]

Did Mrs. Leifer have any past history of accusations which the school should have checked into?

Nothing of the kind was reported.

What did the school do as soon as the allegations broke out?

They did the best possible thing they could do for the entire Jewish community – they shipped Mrs. Leifer out of Australia ASAP.

Of course, this did make it a bit difficult to administer “justice”. Evidently, at least 5100 people and all of the victims think that “justice” is more important than protecting potential victims.

Let’s kill the rodef even if it won’t save the nirdaf!!

So the “victims”, who are now in their mid-20s, no longer need protection. Yet, it seems that they must have “justice” (i.e., compen$ation). Tzedek, tzedek tirdof. They must pursue “justice” no matter what it takes. Unfortunately for them, they cannot obtain compensation “justice” from the actual predator, Malka Leifer, so they have to go to the Supreme Kangaroo Kourt and sue the school for the abuse they suffered by their not telling the school what was going on!

They are blaming the school for their (and their parents’) own silence! And they are blaming the school for doing the right thing when they were informed – for getting rid of the danger!


And for this “infraction”, they feel justified in taking $1.27 million from the school or, subsequently, from the community or whoever will be footing the bill (which will not be Malka Leifer).

Yes, Justice Jack Rush (is he Jewish?) came down hard on that school. For what? Was it for enabling and protecting the “wanton, evil” Malka Leifer for seven years? No sir-ee. Nobody could prove that. He came down on them for “not acting in the victims’ interest” by promptly skirting Mrs. Leifer overseas! In Kangaroo logic, it was in the victims’ best interest for the school not to ship her off! And the school was so apologetic and in denial of the fact that they arranged for her departure.

Can somebody explain this to me? (I am sorry, I can only think like a Jew.) The school should put out ads in every paper: Yes, we paid to ship her off. It was the right thing to do! And they should be commended for it, not punished.

Was everything that the victims told Justice Rush the unadulterated truth?

Not likely. My experience is that when the purse strings are loosening, details of a story tend to change. Amazingly, cases of mild distress evolve into tales of excruciating atrocities the moment it ups the ante. There was nobody present who could contradict the victim on any “details” and the secular courts are quick to accept uncorroborated testimony from tearful victims. I can think up 1.27 million reasons for this "victim" to bend a few facts.

I am sorry to say, Miss Ewell, or “Deborah” or “Rebecca” or "Hadassa", or whoever you are, but when the cash register is ringing, victimhood stops here. It just isn't Ehrlich!

So my final question about the accusers:

Are they Nogeah b’eidusan?

Very much so.

End of Twilight Zone

So this concludes the “whitewash” segment of this post. It is merely food for thought and you are entitled to disregard the entire segment.

After all of this we are left with three possibilities:

(1) Malka Leifer is the exclusive villain

(2) Malka Leifer is one villain out of a group (albeit the “active” ingredient)

(3) Malka Leifer is not a villain at all.

Most of us probably feel that either 1 or 2 is applicable, but we are not a bunch of cowboys or boy savages. We are Jews. We cannot act on our feelings, only on what we know.

So let’s go back to what is indisputable:

We have established that Malka Leifer is not a pedophile. There are no grounds to say that she is lezbian. There are no witnesses to her wrongdoing. She confessed to nothing. Her alleged deeds do not transgress any severe issurei Torah. Her victims were not physically forced. They were teen-agers, not children. At worst she is an unscrupulous sex fiend. And she is not a threat to anybody in Australia and hasn’t been one for 8 years. She cannot be called a rodef. There is no sakana in Australia at present.

As such, I am writing the following as halacha l’maasa (al pi darko shel HaChofetz Chaim) even if she is fully guilty of everything her accusers claim and I don’t care what any other Rav paskens:

There is no heter whatsoever to extradite a Jewish woman to Australia. Period. As such, if any Jew whatsoever actively participates, aids or abets, calls for or even comments in a blog or news post in favor of extraditing this woman to Australia:

·         They will carry the full brunt of issur mesira including losing their chelek in Olam Haba

·         They are in violation of כי יגנב נפש מאחיו והתעמר בו ומכרו which is the primary לא תגנוב of the Ten Commandments and a potential חיוב מיתה.

·         They are in violation of לא תסגיר עבד – (Gittin 45b)

·         Anybody who testifies against her in the Kangaroo court down under is in violation of לא יקום עד אחד באיש since it is virtually impossible that there are two witnesses to any given event.

I have absolutely no doubt that the Chofetz Chaim would agree with me and add to this list.


·       The accusers must immediately withdraw all criminal charges in Australia against Malka Leifer.

·       They must urge the Australian authorities to terminate the extradition request.

·       They must inform the authorities that in the event that Mrs. Leifer is brought back to Australia, they will not cooperate with the prosecution and they will not testify at trial.

·       If they indeed collected any monetary awards from anybody other than Mrs. Leifer, they must return it forthwith.

·       If they do not do this voluntarily, the school should call the accusers to a Din Torah and compel them to either prove that the school is responsible for personal damages al pi din or to renounce the monetary award of the court.

·       Manny Waks, Michelle Meyer, and Fiona Sweet-Formiatti must terminate and withdraw all petitions.

·       Any Jew who signed a petition must send an email (click HERE) to Ayelet Shaked (ashaked@knesset.gov.il) and to Avichai Mandelblit (avimandelblit@gmail.com) urging them to drop all extradition proceedings (or to freeze them indefinitely).

·       The Attorney General of E”Y, if he is shomer Torah as he appears, must do everything in his power to block extradition if it costs him his job.

·       All criminal or monetary complaints against Mrs. Leifer must be filed exclusively in Eretz Yisroel. We have plenty of Batei Dinim here and kangaroo courts that put Australia’s to shame – just ask Meir Ettinger! We also have some wonderful prisons (if it comes to that, R”L) where she can keep Shabbos and Yom tov and cover her hair and even get Glatt Kosher food (Bedatz) and everything!

I will have no active part in this חילול השם.

Call me a pompous hothead, radical, rabble rouser, lunatic, nutcase, crankshaft, meshugenah, am haaretz, Chossid shoteh, misnaged shoteh, or anything you want (you won’t be the first, just no death threats, please). But…

…ignore my words at your own peril, Shmerel.

Because anybody who conspires to send this woman Down Under is going down under a lot faster and further than she is.

כי נבלה עשתה בישראל וכן לא יעשה


basy shaked said...

You are the problem. You are rape culture. You are why the Jewish community is rotting from the inside out.

basy shaked said...

You are the problem. You are rape culture. You are why the Jewish community is rotting from the inside out.

Yechezkel said...

To Basy:

Is there something in my post that you did not understand?


Avi said...

As soon as I saw "rape" in quotes, I knew I was reading apologetics from someone who the Chofetz Chaim would almost certainly have excoriated at every opportunity for the utter lack of empathy, or even sympathy, for the pain of others.

Even Eisav was known for his exemplary Kibbud Av. I don't have any kind words for you.

Yechezkel said...

To Avi:

Evidently, you did not read my previous preamble post (http://achaslmaala.blogspot.com/2016/06/mesira-xiii-thinking-like-jew.html) where I expressed the Halachic definition of rape.

It is titled "Thinking Like a Jew" and you definitely need to practice on it. I wrote the preambles for a reason.

As for the Chofetz Chaim, I put a lot of effort into expounding on his conditions for mesira in this post:


Happy reading!


Yechezkel said...

Update to Avi:

When I looked at the post again it occurred to me that you were probably referring to the first time I used the term (about paragraph 8) as what were the nature of the charges. I said "indecent assault" and "rape".

The reason they were in quotes had nothing to do my with my subjective viewpoint but, to the contrary, I was stressing the precise way the charges were termed in the press by putting them in quotes. I tend to use quotation marks a lot when I quote things from printed sources.

The fact that you chose to scrutinize on this issue as you did tells me a lot about how you think and everything I said in my earlier comment applies.

Hashem Yerachem


Genendy Eisgrau said...

Hashem Yirachem! Your are so limited and confused in your understanding of Torah. You know everything about thinking like a Jew, and nothing about feeling like a Jew. The purpose of Halacha is to create a moral, ethical society. Your reasoning thinking creates the opposite.

Avi said...

Genendy, I see the same attitude on other fora. Such people, I think, are completely baffled as to why over 90% of Jews are not Charedim. It's precisely this hyper-analytical approach, done entirely to whitewash Resha'im (and the occasional Rasha'ah) and marginalize victims, that turns people away. They look at the phrase "Mi Ke'amcha Yisroel" and answer: thankfully, not us!

To get a bit closer to the topic at hand, I would like to state that the technical definitions of rape and sexual assault are completely irrelevant. Halacha also considers emotional harm and trauma, no matter the source. It doesn't matter if it was rape. It doesn't matter if it was Halachicly consensual. Focusing on that is Midas Sodom in a nutshell.

Yechezkel said...

To Genendy:

Which yeshivos did you learn at?


Yechezkel said...

To Avi:

>> Halacha also considers emotional harm and trauma, no matter the source.<<

You definitely did not read or comprehend either post. Halacha certainly considers emotional harm and trauma. And I feel that the victims are more than entitled to sue Malka Leifer (and nobody else) in Beis din (in Ertz Yisroel) for all of the emotional harm and trauma that Halacha considers. And I hope they get all they deserve.

But emotional harm and trauma is no excuse to extradite anybody to Australia to sit in jail. this is what this post is about. It is also no excuse to sue the school if they were the ones that kept the details from the school all the tears that they were abused.

You still need to do a lot (a real lot) of practice in thinking like a Jew.

Good luck on your journey!


Avi said...

I am thankful that I have Rabbanim who do not think like you. Your presumption is that only your way of thought is thinking like a Jew. That is why you, and people like you, come off as self-absorbed who no one wishes to emulate. I would pity you, but I don't generally have pity for those who self-inflict their wounds.

I know your response will be more of the same. You aren't capable of thinking any other way. I am being charitable, of course, in including the words "any other way".

Yechezkel said...

To Avi:

>>I am thankful that I have Rabbanim who do not think like you.<<

Avi – Let’s play a little game. Please show your Rabbanim my post about “Thinking Like a Jew’ and tell me what they disagree with. When we are done, we can do the same with this post.

Good luck.

>> That is why you, and people like you, come off as self-absorbed who no one wishes to emulate. <<

If nobody wants to emulate, why are there "people like me"?

So far I am still not accepting charity. But, thank you anyway.



Someone said...

The words pedophile and lesbian are not Halachic content. The Talmud does not ever consider sexual orientation. It refers exclusively to forbidden acts, which are forbidden to all. It is equally for homosexual and heterosexual (incidentally, sexual is spelled as indicated) men to have intercourse with other men.

Additionally in the Talmud rape of an unmarried woman is considered purely in the context of a civil rather than criminal matter.

Your rhetorical questions however, point to the fact that modern non Halachic, intuitive morality is also important to you. They were important to the Ramban ("novol b'reshus hatorah"). And they were important to Halachic decisors. [For the record, I do not believe lesbian inclinations are immoral; and the gemora in yevamos sounded surprisingly relaxed about lesbian acts ("pritzusa b'alma").]

You have no access to any evidence beyond what you have scoured for on the blogs. You are therefore profoundly ignorant. You have zero evidence (as do I) of guilt or innocence.

[As an aside, the Chafetz Chaim prohibits such scouring ('kshem she'ossur l'daber, kach ossur lishmoa o lkabel').]

You spend a lot of time wondering why a lady accused of abuse presents a danger to the public now that she has moved to Israel. Why is Australian blood redder than the blood of toshvei eretz yisroel?

It is one of the 7 Noachide law to establish a system of justice. This law applies to Jews. On the possuk "tzedek tzedek tirdof" rashi expands "berror lecha beis din tzedek".

We all know that there is no such thing. The Botei Dinnim nowadays are corrupt, ohavei shochad, gutless, and have no concept of responsibility. We have seen time and time again that botei dinnim fail to deal with danger. Truly "pnei hador k'pnei hakelev".In such a case, the real messirah is to be massser your precious children to ineffective, indifferent enablers of abuse.

Yechezkel said...

To Someone:

Thank you very much for commenting. Before I contribute my take, I would like to reiterate one more time that I wrote the two preamble posts for a reason. It is very important to read them before going so far as to comment. Espcecially the post about Thinking Like a Jew (just previous to this).

Now for your comment:

>> The words pedophile and lesbian are not Halachic content...
Additionally in the Talmud rape of an unmarried woman is considered purely in the context of a civil rather than criminal matter.<<

This is more or less exactly what I wrote in the preamble. Thank you for reinforcing it.

>>Your rhetorical questions however, point to the fact that modern non Halachic, intuitive morality is also important to you... and the gemora in yevamos sounded surprisingly relaxed about lesbian acts ("pritzusa b'alma").]<<

The rhetorical questions were meant to cater to all ways of thinking. I have no quarrel with any rishonim. As for lesbian inclinations, again you are repeating what I already expressed both in the preamble post and this one. I have trouble comprehending what you are trying to say in this paragraph.

>>You have no access to any evidence beyond what you have scoured for on the blogs. You are therefore profoundly ignorant. You have zero evidence (as do I) of guilt or innocence.<<

I as much as said so in my post. You obviously missed the dialog in the green print where I expressed this. I was including myself in it as much as anybody. I do not know what your point here is and why you need to stress the "profound ignorance" that I fully acknowledge.

>> [As an aside, the Chafetz Chaim prohibits such scouring ('kshem she'ossur l'daber, kach ossur lishmoa o lkabel').]<<

You are a very poor reader, have not fully read this post, have not read the preamble at all, and are totally unfamiliar with the premises of the Mesira series as well as have no familiarity with my hashkafos as I have been projecting for almost 10 years. I am in sync with the Chofetz Chaim and I am not mekabel anything I see in the press. I have been railing for years on others who do. But there is a need for למיחש בעי.when necessary.
But thank you anyway for the inspiring mussar.

>> You spend a lot of time wondering why a lady accused of abuse presents a danger to the public now that she has moved to Israel. Why is Australian blood redder than the blood of toshvei eretz yisroel?<<

You really need to read the post again especially the list of "psakim" I present toward the end. Please do so and then let me know if this question still bothers you.

>>It is one of the 7 Noachide law to establish a system of justice... We all know that there is no such thing. The Botei Dinnim nowadays are corrupt, ohavei shochad, gutless, and have no concept of responsibility...<<

There is truth to this but if you mean for this to allow secular justice, I am afraid they are no less corrupt. We daven Hashiva shoftenu with the understanding that we will have to put up with a very flawed and very inefficient system until the goel tzedk.

In the meantime we cannot overstep our boundaries and act with gut feeling judgement which will inevitably incriminate innocent people. this is the main hazard that I have been battling with my series of posts.

>> In such a case, the real messirah is to be massser your precious children to ineffective, indifferent enablers of abuse.<<

You protect them in the house and HKB"H will protect them outside of the house.

Thank you for writing, but PLEASE, read first. Most of your comments were redundant.

Good Shabbos


Someone said...

Dear Chekel,

You are incorrect in identifying any toeles in scouring muliple blogs and newspapers. You just needed to know in general that there wad an issue. One blog would have sufficed.

Only rabbi akiva eiger or the gra make a point by referencing a source. Unless you are as great as these two it behoves you to provide a brief precis of what your point is as well.

I assume that your point is that the lady in question poses no danger. Yet you have identified a toeles in sippur lashon harsh. What is that toeles if she poses no risk?

You pasken with the cod psychology sevaros of a schoolchild that Arkoos overrides Shfichas Damin. We don't tell soldiers or doctors that "shomer psayim" with regards to chillul shabbos and we won't tell that to parents either. We have a case where the victim knows (lfi daatoh - you and I are not mekabel) that there is a clear and present danger and you are telling her to assume that what happened to her won't happen to others. It's not going to happen. Do you even begin to understand what these people have been through?

Do you think that torah Jews are a nation of paedophiles and rapists boreshus hatorah?

If on etzim and avonim it was said 'es laasos', on bassar vdom lo kol sheken?

I do agree that the blogosphere is abandoning norms of justice in the effort to protect children and that sometimes the vitriol risks becoming libelous. A more temperate tone would be appropriate.

Yechezkel said...

To Someone:

I don't mean to be gruff but I find your ranting to be incoherent.

It seems that all 4 commenters so far are hung up on the "whitewash" segment of my post which I said is "food for thought and can be disregarded". It was only meant for those who have a chush for being dan l'kaf zechus. This is evidently something that no commenter thus far is capable of.

My post was not about prosecuting her in BD or even in an Israeli court. IOW, it is not about letting her off the hook or leaving Israelis "unprotected". It was about extraditing her for mesira into the hands of the kangaroos.

The message is: Even though we can do what needs to be done - which may include prosecuting her here in EY, we are not allowed to do what does not need to be done!!

Does anybody really have a problem with this?

You and everybody else are sidestepping the main point.


Yechezkel said...

Again to Genendy,

>> You know everything about thinking like a Jew, and nothing about feeling like a Jew.<<

Please see this post from almost 8 years ago:


The question is: whose heart is more baffled, yours or mine?


someone said...

Yh. You are doing the side stepping. Again. Why is Israeli blood less red Tha Australian? You have admitted that there is a chashash ofchild abuse =shefichas damim.. There is nothing wrong with Australian chorus and appeals to racism or humour won't work. It's far better than the competition for negius which characterise the work of botei din across the globe. Let's not forget the offendors who were known to local rabbonim and were left to offend again and again and again. If they want to know why nobody trusts them they have only to look at the mirror.

someone said...

Incidentally you cannot be prosecuted in israel for crimes committed elsewhere. And if you make offensive comments, even derech agav, ok a topic like this then expect to be pulled up sharply for it.

Yechezkel said...

To someone:

>>Yh. You are doing the side stepping. Again. Why is Israeli blood less red Tha Australian? ...<<

So, go ahead and prosecute, just do it here.

>>Incidentally you cannot be prosecuted in israel for crimes committed elsewhere.<<

Not so. Citizenship gives jurisdiction. If an Israeli punches me in the nose in China I can sue him here for it.

>> And if you make offensive comments, even derech agav, ok a topic like this then expect to be pulled up sharply for it.<<

Should I be Quaking in my boots?

Please go to sleep.


Someone said...

I hate to have a machlokes in metzias but you are the one who is wrong. The one individual who committed crimes on foreign soil and was.prosecuted for that in Israel was Adolf Eichmann, on account of the nature of his crimes. There is no provision to prosecute anyone (whether or not Israeli) for crimes committed against anyone (Israeli or otherwise) on foreign soil. If two Israelis have a fight in a bar in Thailand I can assure you that the Israeli courts have no interest. This is why Todros Grynhaus was extradited to the uk (and denied citizenship). Google 'universal jurisdiction' for a belated education which really should have taken place before you wrote an intemperate demand that those alleging they were victims of sexual abuse decease their efforts to
harm to others and accusing them of various sins to add to the existing outrages perpetrated against them.

You might also want to google the quakers, a Christian sect who trembled before charedi was an adjective.

Yechezkel said...

To Someone:

Okay, so don't prosecute.


Anonymous said...
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Someone said...

Let's try again for the fourth time with no sidestepping.

Why is Australian blood redder than Israeli blood?

So far you've accused alleged victims of sexual abuse of various sins, including, outrageously, in your latest post, being abusers themselves, based on some conversations you've had with your fellow "therapists" (read - narcissists who feed off controlling others most of the time - that was, by the way, the kind of ridiculously broad genaralaisation you work at.)

I call on you, to delete this blog to avoid literally ALL the violations mentioned in chapter 1 one of sefer chafetz chaim. I can recommend an extended period of shtika. Preferably permanent.

Yechezkel said...


Something is obviously bothering you, but I cannot help you as long as I don't know what it is.

Be well.


Someone said...

Is there something in my post you don't understand?

Let's try again for the fifth time with no sidestepping.

Why is reporting sexual abuse to the competent authorities permissible to protect Australians but not to protect Israelis?

Someone said...

Because this post is shot through with ignorance and krum sevaros, and the reality is that it is totally permissible in Halacha to extradite alleged abusers to avoid a risk to the Israeli public: -

· This post must go down
· This blogger must go back to frum follies and admit he was mistaken.
· He must post on frum follies that he will never post about sexual abuse again.
· If he makes any money from this post he should send it to the victims.
· If he doesn't do this voluntarily he should be called to a din torah
· All the other hate filled posts on this blog should be deleted.
· Any Jew who signed a petition must send an email to Ayelet Shaked (ashaked@knesset.gov.il) and to Avichai Mandelblit (if you can find his email) urging them not to interfere in extradition proceedings.
· The Attorney General of the secular state of Israel which is just as much arko'os as Australia should cooperate fully with the Australian government.
· All criminal or monetary complaints against Mrs. Leifer cannot be filed in Israel, and this blogger accepts he was irresponsibly ignorant when he advocated this position.

Yechezkel said...

>>Let's try again for the fifth time with no sidestepping.

Why is reporting sexual abuse to the competent authorities permissible to protect Australians but not to protect Israelis?<<

For the fifth and last time: As much as you can report her there, you can report her here. As much as you can report her here, you can report her there. Only, you can't send her there from here. Against the rules.

BTW, what you said about jurisdiction may apply to criminal complaints but civil complaints between citizens can always be filed in the home country - and Beis Din for sure has no borders.

I am done with this subject.

Yechezkel said...

>>Because this post is shot through with ignorance and krum sevaros, and the reality is ...
· This post must go down...
· ...· All criminal or monetary complaints against Mrs. Leifer cannot be filed in Israel, and this blogger accepts he was irresponsibly ignorant when he advocated this position.<<

Ah. Now I know your true identity.

Yerachmiel Lopin!! Shalom u'Bracha.

But, please --you post your psakim on your blog and I will post my psakim on mine.



Someone said...

I've already explained to you that it's not possible to prosecute crimes committed abroad in Israel. You sidestep into the civil issue with the incorrect claim that civil law applies to events and transactions outside Israel. It doesn't (Google locus quietly in your own time), but this was never the point anyway. The point was in relation to mesirah, which relates to the criminal aspect of the case. Would you for the first time stop playing to the audience and deal with questions.

You suggested that Beis Din was competent to deal with issues of sexual abuse. R' Chaim Kanievsky disagrees (http://www.onlysimchas.com/news/7708/when-it-comes-to-child-abuse-rav-chaim-kanievsky-says-go-straight-to-the-police), even in relation to his own family, . Beis Din are not empowered to take the necessary step to protect the public - incarceration. Additionally they are run, as you have conceded, almost all bottei din are corrupt.

I am not Mr Lopin. I read his blog. I came across your dismally offensive comments so I read yours. I can only presume a combination of confirmation bias as to your own genius (objectively mediocre at best) and the presumably rather low writer:reader ratio on your own blog has led you to this erroneous conclusion.

Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. You have repeatedly fooled nobody but yourself that you had dealt with devastating blows to your line of reasoning. I am satisfied that an impartial reader will have reached the same conclusions about your views, character, and sincerity as I have. This is my last post. I have nothing left to say to you.

Abels Cry said...

You commented on my blog post at https://abelscry.blogspot.com.au about the Leifer extradition case, and included a link to this post. I am not going to delete your comment (though that was my initial, instinctive, gut-reaction), so that my readers can read this vile post of yours that you linked to and see for themselves what a sick, twisted (and also illogical) mind you have and how you waste your intellectual abilities to pervert Jewish and universal values of justice. "There is no extradition in halacha"? I am not going to engage with you in arguing about that - I have never researched the subject. But Leifer's extradition is not being sought under halacha; it is being sought under Israeli law, which does provide for extradition.

As long as Leifer is in Israel and allowed to roam free, she is still a rodef (threat) to Israeli children and a danger to society in Israel, and if she should, heaven forfend, repeat her crimes in Israel, you and your ilk, who would like to impede the course of justice and influence others to do the same, will never, in good conscience, be able to symbolically wash your hands over a virtual 'egla arufa' and truthfully say "our hands have not shed this blood, nor did we foresee it."

I sincerely hope that Leifer will eventually be extradited to face justice in Australia, but you - to your eternal shame - clearly hope the opposite, which, in my book, puts you squarely in the camp of pedophile enablers and supporters. It is people just like you who ran the institutions which are now being exposed by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for their egregious mishandling of child abuse. They created environments that did not protect the children in their care but protected the abusers in their midst and allowed their activities to thrive. They then further compounded those misdeeds (aveira goreret aveira) by the subsequent cover-ups and, still later, by their reprisals against and re-victimisation of past victims. Shame on them and shame on you.

Yechezkel said...

To Abel's Cry:

Welcome! Where have you been for 3 1/2 weeks??

I would not even consider deleting your comment. It is so [thought] provoking!

I responded to this diatribe on your blog but here I will respond a bit differently.

At the end of my post I wrote:
"Call me a pompous hothead, radical, rabble rouser, lunatic, nutcase, crankshaft, meshugenah, am haaretz, Chossid shoteh, misnaged shoteh, or anything you want..."

It appears that you have accepted the list and added: "sick", "twisted", "illogical".

None of this matters because I stand by the tail end of that statement:

"…ignore my words at your own peril, Shmerel."

IOW, I am not the one that "you and your ilk" will have to answer to. Do as you see fit.

I am not a proponent of name-calling, but since you think it is effective, I will return the favor with one "name" for you:

You are a confirmed "consumer". (As defined in my previous post - http://achaslmaala.blogspot.com/2016/06/mesira-xiii-thinking-like-jew.html - which I will be surprised if you have the courage to read.)

All told, I write my posts for Yarei Shamayim, not for people who like to trump Halacha with "Israeli" law for their conveniences.

If you or any of the above commenters are mature enough to engage in Halachic discourse instead of hurling obscenities, I am here.


mb said...

Its not Israeli law its Australian Law.