Abusing children with impunity

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It’s the abuse of Judaism perpetrated by the abuse of power by the few who feed on the fear of others.

The leader of this sect, Lev Tahor, is Shlomo Helbrans, convicted in New York in 1994 of kidnapping a 13 year old boy. Deported to Israel in 2000, he hood-winked my government in 2001 to come with his flock to Canada, claiming refugee status. Refugee status! On the grounds he might be persecuted in Israel for his beliefs!

He’s a Jewish anti-Zionist who wraps his females in Taliban clothing, denies them education, and marries them off at 16. This group skipped out of Quebec during the night and found “refuge” in a small town in Ontario. Child services in Quebec had feared for the safety of the children-poor dental health, skin problems, poor hygiene and an education not appropriate for the 21st century. Is it a show of tolerance, inclusiveness, accommodation that this cult is being welcomed in Ontario?

“This group exhibits cult-like behaviour and is nothing more than a perversion of Judaism,” said Frank Dimant, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada, a Jewish advocacy group.

In Canada spanking a child can lead to a visit from Children’s Aid while Jewish communities around the world have been protecting their abusers.

From Great Britain to Australia, Canada to the United States,

We were taken out of Egypt by the hand of God, brought into the wilderness and given the greatest gift, the Torah, to bring to the world. No child sacrifice. No incest. No coveting. Yet we stand by while those who call themselves Rabbis, teachers of Torah, tell us that it is a sin to speak to secular authorities while they defend the perpetrator, coerce victims to recant, and shun those who expose these sexual predators to the justice system.

Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg entered into a mikvah in Mea She’arim. “I opened a door that entered into a schvitz,” he told the reporter. “Vapors everywhere, I can barely see. My eyes adjust, and I see an old man, my age, long white beard, a holy-looking man, sitting in the vapors. On his lap, facing away from him, is a boy, maybe seven years old. And the old man is having anal sex with this boy. This boy was speared on the man like an animal, like a pig, and the boy was saying nothing. But on his face—fear.

“The old man [looked at me] without any fear, as if this was common practice. He didn’t stop.”

“This isn’t a problem about a few aberrant cases or an old-fashioned community reluctant to talk to police about sexual matters,” said Michael Lesher, a practicing Jew who has investigated Orthodox sex abuse and represented abuse victims.

“This is about a political economy that links Orthodox Judaism with other fundamentalist creeds and with aspects of right-wing ideologies generally. It’s an economy in which genuine religious values will never really rise to the top, so long as they’re tied to the poisonous priorities that elevate status and power over the basic human needs of the most vulnerable among us.”

We, Am Yisrael, are just as guilty as these abusers for we are guilty of committing the sin of omission. We are spreading the banality of evil by remaining silent. We, who have witnessed the horror of silence. We must never be so tolerant of any religious group they feel they’re separate and protected from the laws of the land.

There will be those who accuse me of anti-Semitism for writing this. Go ahead. Or there will be comments about the need for these “religious” communities to thrive, even behind fences, because they are the true Jews. Really? They could not possibly be Jews because they do not follow the simplest of commandments. Hillel: “Do not do to others what is hateful to you. The rest is commentary.”

These perverts who hide behind religion make me wish for the days when God showed His hand as He did with Korach.

“I shall consume them in a moment!”

And they fell upon their faces and said: “O God, God of the spirits of all flesh! Shall one man sin, and Your wrath be upon the entire community?

“But if God creates a new creation, and the earth opens her mouth, and swallows them up, with all that appertain to them, and they go down alive into abyss; then you shall understand that these men have provoked God.

“And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split beneath them.

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up.”

Shame on our people, all over the world, for closing our eyes to the abuse of our babies. A sin before God, a mishkovzucher. Shame on religious authorities who try to justify this behaviour. Shame on Am Yisrael if we do nothing, again, for fear of offending when doing nothing is an offense to God.

We, Am Yisrael are to be the “light unto the nations.” There are too many Jewish cults living in cloistered communities who represent the darkness at the bottom of the abyss.

There must be no forgiveness, no pardon, no hope for redemption until we remove the slithering serpents in the Garden, the evil within our nation.

About the Author
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground:The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community. "