For me the straw that broke the camel’s back regarding sexual molestation, was the article accusing Elie Wiesel.
He is the voice of Holocaust memory. Whether you like his books or not he accomplished much in the world of holocaust education. As a son of Holocaust survivors and a holocaust scholar and author, I am especially upset. He is dead and can not defend himself. Where is the proof? Where are the pictures?
The entire Weinstein discussion has completely gotten out of hand. The first President Bush, was accused the other day of touching someone’s back. Every day more people are being accused of rape and other sexual acts. The Torah is very explicit about modesty and modest behavior. One actress reported Weinstein ask her to perform a sexual act which she did. The article said she reported it because she never got the part in a movie promised her.
Men think with two heads and often the one not connected to the neck takes precedence. You can accuse me of being a chauvinist, yet after teaching interpersonal communication and gender studies at universities for four decades, I assure you, men are from MARS and women are from Venus. They are not the same creatures. Yes, a woman has the right to dress any way she wishes and she is not to blame for a rape, but men become aroused by what they see and it is their nature to often act out. It is true that women who dress modestly are also the victims of rape. I hope women will learn self defense and legally carry whatever they need to defend themselves. As a father and grandfather of girls, I especially worry.
RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG