Sunday, May 29, 2011
A SAD WEEK FOR KLAL YISROAL WITH THE AGUDAH ISRAEL DEFYING HARAV HAGAON ELIYASHIV SHLITA
לֹא תַעֲמֹד עַל-דַּם רֵעֶךָ
For the first time since the destruction of the second Bais Hamikdash, has Klal Yisroel seen so much confusion and bitterness within our community. The actions of a lay leader attorney, Chaim Dovid Zweibel, Esq. and Rabbi Gottesman of the Agudah have made a mockery of the great Posek Hador Harav Elyashiv Shlita, no words can describe the rift that has developed within our holy community. The community is saddened by these events and incensed that Kavod Gedolim has become a mockery. Messrs. Zweibel and Gottesman have instructed Orthodox Jewish professionals not to report incidents of child sexual abuse, if perpetrated by Orthodox Jews, directly to law enforcement. This is blatantly against the law in the many states. This is a surprising challenge to a decision issued by universally respected preeminent Jewish law decisor, Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv, that directs Orthodox Jews all over the world to report incidents of sexual abuse directly to law enforcement (Click here to read a partial translation of Rabbi Elyashiv’s ruling).
If Zweibel and Gottesman think that their fabricated lies have any bearing on how we handle crimes against our children, they are terribly mistaken. We, as advocates, will fight them with our full strength and tenacity. We will prevail in keeping our children safe, we fear no one except our Holy G-d. We pray to HaShem that Moshiach will come when our children and parents unite as one. How dare Zweibel question Harav Elyashiv and ask 14 times for a explanation of his Psak, Agudah has become a mouthpiece of venom and Sheker at the price of our young sweet Neshomas,
The Voice of Justice believes that Agudath Israel’s policy of not reporting abuse to law enforcement is a violation of the law of many states and likely exposes those who report abuse to rabbis to charges of criminal obstruction of justice. At the very least, professionals who follow the erroneous and illegal directive of Agudath Israel’s leaders are subject to losing their license to practice, fines, and possibly face long prison terms.