Monday, January 10, 2005

The Rabbi Who Touched Me

A Jewish woman in her twenties writes: "My real education in life, however, came from a "rabbi" who believed he was counseling me. (I believed him too, until it hurt too much.) Never underestimate the power of a rabbi. He molested me. He told me that the Torah condones what he did. I will never be the same."
It is good deal, in some communities (Baltimore?), to be an Orthodox rabbi who molests because your community will try to silence anyone who protests with cries of "lashon hara" (evil talk, which is prohibited in most value systems, including Judaism, because of its power to disrupt lives and community).