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  1. Not umlike the Catholic church, orthodoxy is often oblivious to sexuality. A total misunderstanding of PTSD and long term psycho sexual ramifications of sexual abuse. Ignorant at best, the Rabbi took it to point that the Goyyim have it worse. Their abuse can start, god forbid, at 5yo and our abuse starts only at 10yo. Our sexual abuse starts later. We are better than the Goyyim once more.

  2. Tragically, the Weberman case is not the only such case currently in the news. Several other cases of alleged abuse have been reported in the international press in the last few weeks, including one which is currently tearing Golders Green apart. This case involves a formerly highly regarded Hassidic and charismatic rabbi to whom people flocked to seek his advice. He is accused of sexually interfering with married women under his care. This is a Rav raised in the Haredi-orthodox community of NW London, whose prominent father is one of the early Hassidic leaders who settled in Golders Green long before it was a popular place for Haredim to live. His case involves the abuse of his position as a self-appointed marriage counsellor.

  3. Rabbi Boruch Lesches was not hired by Mrs Abraham Hayman, there was was an arduous selection process which led to a board decision to hire the Rabbi.
    Mr Hayman has been an extremely generous supporter of his community’s institutions over many years, hes has “bought” no one, especially his Rabbi.His recent generous matching offer co-incidenced with his first wife’s Yahrzeit.
    Rabbi Lesches made his postion clear in his apology and any attempt to connect him to the alleged activities of persons living in other parts of the United States are incorrect.
    Further, it is correct Rabbi Pinchus Feldman in Sydney has had financial problem but to brazenly state that he is implicated in sexual scandals is a lie and libelous.
    Mr Silverstein you need to do must more accurate research before you put pen to paper.

    1. Nice to know that Rabbi Lesches’ Australian defenders are taking to the threads to defend him. BTW, since you’re in Australia how would you know what sort of process was in place at Chabad of Monsey in choosing him for the job. How do you know whether Mrs. Hayman played a role or no role? And why would you claim she played no role when I never claimed she did? I claimed Mr Hayman’s gelt played a role.

      Further, I tied him to the outrages of Gug Hayman who wasn’t in the U.S., but under Rabbi Lesches’ supervision in Sydney at the time they took place.

      As for Rabbi Feldman, if he did nothing wrong why is he refusing to talk to the reporter who broke this story? What is he attempting to hide?

  4. I too live in the LA community and know Gug peripherally. Your article states that upon arriving in LA Gug wanted to work with children. I’m not sure where you got this from or where you think he was trying to work. Factually it’s not true. He moved to LA and was very busy looking for a new wife (which he eventually found). He made a lot of money in real estate in FL and works in real estate here in LA as well. He never tried to work with kids. The testing that he was undergoing came about as a result of his victim/s contacting Rabbis here in LA and wanting to make sure he’s not a threat to kids in LA. Aleinu was facilitating this testing. Please sharpen up your story.

    1. Big Hole: I will check this out. But it makes no sense that Gug agreed to undergo these tests unless he wished to be around children. Why would he need to ensure he wasn’t a threat to children unless he wanted to do so?

      I will contact JFS to inquire.

      Your comment is hardly a “big hole” or hole at all. That gives away your prejudice in his favor.

  5. Sorry mate, while it is noble of you to take up a cause, a big majority of your facts about Daniel Hayman and Rabbi Lesches are incorrect.

    I am not defending the comments of Rabbi Lesches, he does not represent the Sydney community or its opinions.
    Daniel Hayman does not hang around kids, he was allegedly in a group of teenagers while in his early twenties and everyone who knows him knows that he is the most infantile guy around.

    This does not excuse his terrible behaviour in any way but does give you the context, which is enormously different from your way off the mark assumptions. You discredit yourself with your speculations.

    1. So you’re claiming he’s not a pedophile because his alleged victims weren’t children, but teenagers? Or are you accusing four victims of being liars?

      BTW, there was 10 yrs age difference between Hayman & the victims; or are you repeating the lie offered by Rabbi Lesches that the victim & alleged perpetrator were almost the same age (thus implying the victims could consent to their abuse).

  6. Get your facts right. You don’t undergo lie detector tests to work with children, you undergo a register check…

  7. The consent of under-age persons to sex is irrelevant: that’s why its called “the age of consent.”
    “Teenagers” as a term applies to thirteen years and upwards, so “teenagers” is not a blanket term meaning “of age and morally mature”.

    I’ve been aware of organised efforts to support and assist the sort of men who do this since the seventies, (more related to their connections to a certain level of power within communities rather than any specific ethnic or religious community) and arguments that minors consented, or had a natural inclination to consent, or benefited from the relationship, usually characterize such a support network putting out covering fire and laying smokescreens. I’ve heard these arguments very many times and am unaware of any occasion when there wasn’t a self-serving reason for them.

    The universality of the problem shouldn’t deter us from trying to get rid of it wherever we can and wherever it happens to be exposed.

  8. Amsterdam’s only Orthodox Jewish school and Abuse in the Dark Room.

    [Parents] have questioned why Ephraim S. was permitted to leave the Netherlands for Israel last November when he was already the target of a police investigation. According to the Telegraaf, Ephraim S. was offering private lessons in Israel through an online education portal. Several of his acquaintances in Israel told JTA he wants to clear his name in the Netherlands but is busy preparing to enter the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

    Back in Amsterdam, the families of the alleged victims are dealing with the psychological fallout from the alleged abuse. Ehud’s father says he hopes in time his son will reveal more about what happened in the dark room during lessons with Ephraim S.

    1. @Oui: Hey, that’s terrific, now the IDF will have an accused child molester serving. Perhaps he can put his predilections to good use in molesting Palestinian children in the Territories! Sorry for the mordant humor, but the case merits it.

  9. You have omitted important information-
    1. Gug was never an employee of Yeshiva.
    2. He never worked with children. Not in Australia and not in the U.S. He was indeed a youth counselor during his late teens/ early twenties (most young men in that community act as camp counselors).
    3. He was not shipped overseas when the disclosures were made. Nor was Lesches. The alleged abuse occurred 20 years ago and was disclosed (for the first time) soon after. Both men lived in Sydney until relatively recently.
    4. After the disclosure, Gug went overseas to find a wife and he returned and raised a family.
    Re-work your “reportage” to include these salient facts.

  10. I see all the apologists posting their lies here so allow
    me to correct just a couple of points…. 1)Hayman did work for
    Yeshivah at the time and when Feldman and Lesches found out about
    the victims Hayman was rushed off to NY to find a wife… 2)Moshe
    Gutnick met 2 victims face to face right before Feldman found
    out…..So his story of an anonymous call is a lie… Thank you for
    the link to the post I made at FM blog months ago…I’d been
    looking for that…))

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