Child molesters and those who protect them cannot be religious Jews

By RONN TOROSSIAN

One can pray umpteen times a day, don a yarmulke, tefillin and tzitzit – that doesn’t make them a religious person. In recent days, the mainstream media has paid undue attention to so-called “religious” child molesters – and those who defend them. They can be called a slew of different words – but religious, and Orthodox wouldn’t be words fitting for them.

Media has spoken of Brooklyn prosecutors protecting child molesters in the closed “ultra-Orthodox Jewish” communities.  “Rabbinical authorities banned relatives of the abused from reporting the crimes to non-Jewish authorities; those few who spoke out were shunned — expelled from synagogues, their children expelled from schools — or pressured into dropping their cases.” This behavior is simply sickening.

Damage is being done to the children and their families – and the Jewish community worldwide should be shamed by these individuals.  A Chabad religious court last summer ruled that the traditional prohibition against mesirah — turning in of a Jew to non-Jewish authorities — did not apply in cases of sexually abused children. “One is forbidden to remain silent in such situations,” it declared.

Those who molest children simply cannot be described in words. It’s simply sickening, tearful and just horrendous. As a Jew it is infuriating to hear molesters or those who protect them as “religious.” What Makes a Jew or any person religious? One cannot be a religious Jew when he molests children – I don’t care how many times a day he prays.

For me, as a father, as a Jew, as a human being; at the age of 37, being religious means being a good person, not hurting anyone, being honest, being decent, and caring about my family and my community. Those who see horrors of young children being molested in schools and don’t say anything – are not religious, nor are those who pray three times a day and then steal. They simply cannot be religious people and shouldn’t be referred to by the media as such.

A Jewish leader, Ze’ev Jabotinsky said in 1937, “Jewish religious tradition is not an archaic object of our history, but an active pulsating power which exists today and will continue for all eternity.” Nothing which exists today – no decent religion would dare to talk about protecting child molesters – nor can a child molester be called a “religious Jew.”

I pray for the day that being a religious Jew means being a good, honest, decent ethical person, and not simply someone who dons a certain garb or attends synagogue.

The author of “For Immediate Release,” Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR.


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3 Comments for “Child molesters and those who protect them cannot be religious Jews”

  1. Sylvia Lovejoy

    Well said, Mr. Torossian. These so called religious Jews who are hiding the crime of child molestation are doing the Jewish community irreparable harm. They give ammunition to those who hate us anyway. Perhaps handing these pieces of offal over to civilian authorities would not matter much in the world of Jew hate but at least WE could hold our heads up higher.

  2. Truth

    I am an atheist who dislikes the religion of Judaism, not Jews, but this sort of thing happens in every fundamentalist religion. For example, an independent fundamental baptist pastor made a teenage victim of rape apologize to the congregation for “seducing” her rapist, then shipped her off to Colorado to protect the rapist.

    Child marriages are common in the Islamic world, in imitation of the ‘prophet’ of Islam, who married a girl when she was 6 and molested her when she was 9.

    This is what happens when man abandons reason and morality for superstition.

  3. Toronto

    The Toronto Jewish community has been turned upside down, due the arrest of a Rabbi pedophile. The case happened 40 years ago. he was reported to the rabbi’s back in the 80′s but the whole thing was covered up, finally a victim came forward and reported him to the Police which resulted in his arrest. Thank G-D there is no Statute of Limitations for crimes committed in Canada. Apparently he has a history going back over 50 years starting in Brooklyn.

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