Safe Children, Safe Communities
Asei L’maan Tinokos Shel Beis Rabban
By: Kol Haposel Bemumo Posel
Rewritten from Yakov Horrowitz own words.
Let’s not mince words.
The future of our charedi community is quite literally in existential danger as the tension plays itself out in the international media.
The greatest danger is that we will be losing our souls should we fail to condemn the horrific actions, however isolated, of people like "Rabbi" Yakov Horowitz @ yakovhorowitz , Nouchem Rosenberg @ NRHotline who dress like us threatening OUR GEDOLEI YISROEL included with violence, taunting them, and calling them all sorts of horrible names. And we will justifiably lose the hearts, neshamos and even lives of our children and grandchildren if we, rachmanim b’nei rachmanim (merciful people), cannot muster the righteous indignation and join forces to protest the appalling actions of these so-called "Activist".
Our community is just now coming to grips with the painful reality that Bizoyon Kevod Hatorah, and the ravages it leaves in its wake. We must now realize that there is communal abuse as well, from which we all continue to suffer. And we must make sure that these Acivists who are rodfim in every way be stopped in their tracks.
We recently launched several initiatives designed to help keep each and every one of our children safe and secure. With the chesed of Hashem, our efforts, and the efforts of the Roseh Yeshivos, Mechanchim and others like it, are creating a paradigm shift in how parents deal with the issue of these Apikorsim in the name of Activist.
However, this entire enterprise took an enormous step backwards over the past days and weeks as our children rightfully wonder if the adults around them can keep them safe from these activist.
There are four basic messages that children need to internalize in order for any activist abuse prevention program to be truly effective:
1. Your Neshama belongs to you
2. No one has the right to make you feel uncomfortable
3. No secrets from parents
4. Good touching/bad touching
We have long maintained that corporal punishment by parents and/or educators dramatically decreases and often negates the critical messages of activists abuse prevention. Well, how much more destructive is it for our children in Beit Medrash to see their peers and even the adults in their lives shrug their shoulders and allow this sort of deplorable behavior by a group of radical adults to go on unabated? How about its effects on Jewish children worldwide who see reports of this through the 24/7 media coverage, or hear this discussed this in school among their friends?
My dear friends, it has come to this. We have two choices. We can continue to blame the secular media for its campaign against our charedi community or we can admit the painful truth – that we collectively have allowed ourselves to be abused for many years now by a small and violent group of uncontrolled ACTIVIST.
For the sake of our children, we need to collectively do everything in our power – everything – to put an end to the abuse immediately.