Where’s The Justice?
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Where’s The Justice?

A common thread runs through several Jewish Week articles (Dec. 5 issue) in reference to
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky (“Teaneck Shul Taking Steps To Rein In Rabbi Pruzansky”), Rabbi Elimelech Meisels (“As Beit Dins Spar, An Apparent Abuser Remains Free”) and Parshat Vayishlach (Sabbath Week) — a thread in which justice seems to
take a back seat.

In any other setting Rabbi Pruzansky would be asked to
step down or hand in his resignation; Rabbi Meisels would be thrown in jail; and
the biblical Dinah, who was kidnapped and raped, would not be blamed for this incident – albeit
her brothers took the matter into their own hands, however brutal.

The Jewish
community has to be better than this. We are repeatedly told by Hashem to
seek justice. No beit din or committee will ever have enough power to right
these wrongs. Sexual abuse victims should bypass religious courts and had
straight to the authorities; this cannot be emphasized enough. Those who shame our community by making inappropriate comments should be let
go. Until these measures are put in place we will continue to be shamed by those who offend. It is our duty to not stand by when the blood of our
brothers and sisters is being spilled.

 

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