Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Sexual Predator is Much More than a Shanda

ח' לחודש השישי תשע"ג

Tzedek-Tzedak wrote a good piece on the disturbing topic of  Rav Motti Elon: Not Too Big To Fail. It focuses on Forum Takana:
"Forum Takana" had been established by a group of religious leaders, together with mental health and legal experts, with the mission of obtaining and investigating reports of alleged sexual abuse by VIPs, such as rabbis and teachers, in national religious ("dati-leumi") institutions."
What I picked up on, based on the page's URL (web address), was that the original title of this post must have been Rav Motti Elon: Powerful Predator.

I have to say that "predator" may, in fact, be a good word to describe him.

Elon has no complaints. He was taken down by his peers: Mamlakhtim, such as Rabbis Cherlow, Lichtenstein, and Drori. No one can claim that this was a "political attack" as Shlomo Aviner's people have repeatedly tried to do regarding the accusations of his shenanigans, ruling on matters of Tohorath HaMishpahah (family purity) .

Now that former Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira, former Chief Rabbi Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, and Rabbi Ya'aqov (son of R' Ovadiah) Yosef, may the memory of these tzadiqim be for blessings, Rabbi Dov Lior (Hevron-Qiryath Arba), more or less, stands alone in taking him on.

Back to Elon, what about all of those men "over the age of 18," coerced into something they did not want to do by the overwhelming presence of an authority figure, and to some, their idol? ...and that's being too kind, and not nearly graphic enough.

What appears to be the clever  well-thought out targeting of victims, makes the word "predator" stick to him pretty well.

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