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Shame on ‘Religious Jews’ for Harrassing an Alleged Victim of Sexual Abuse

December 2, 2012 5:27 pm 13 comments

A report on Nechemya Weberman on CBS. Photo: Screenshot.

Every New York City tabloid newspaper this week is covering the repeated harassment by members of the Charedi Jewish community of a 17-year-old girl who has testified in the sexual abuse trial against Brooklyn Rabbi Nechemya Weberman. Four men were arrested recently for taking the girl’s picture in court and posting it online in an attempt to intimidate her.

Earlier in the week, the New York Post reported that “the alleged victim was left trembling after Weberman allegedly glared at her through a glass door to the courthouse conference room where she sat during a break in her testimony.” Before the trial, other men were charged with trying to bribe the girl so she would drop charges.

Are these people “religious” Jews? If so, then I am a Martian. If Weberman is really a Rabbi, then I am from Venus. They are simply gangsters, thugs and despicable people who deserve to be punished.

Orthodox Jews are supposed to adhere strictly to the laws and ethics of the Torah (Bible) – and clearly the Torah abhors behavior like this. These people’s acts are neither religious nor Orthodox – and it infuriates me to hear them referred to by the media as “religious”, or Weberman referred to as a “Rabbi.” Rabbi is a title of respect, even reverence, and surely someone who allegedly fondled a young girl and forced a 12-year-old to perform indecent acts is not worthy of this label.

The victim is a Jewish woman – she is someone’s daughter, someone’s granddaughter. It is doubly despicable that the ultra-Orthodox Charedi media ignores this case, as does the Charedi Rabbinate. One cannot be a “religious Jew” who rapes and harasses. Wearing a beard and a kippa is less important to God than treating people the right way.

One law enforcement source was quoted as saying in the Post:It’s the same thing you have with the Bloods or the Crips.” Gangsters, thugs and criminals wear all kinds of outfits – including, in this case, dressing up as religious Jews by wearing white shirts, black suits, peyos (side-locks), and kippot. But this sort of behavior is a desecration of all that religion stands for.

Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and author.

13 Comments

  • Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and author.

    HARD TO BELIEVE THE ABOVE WHEN YOU DIDNT RESEARCH ALL THE ARTICLES CONCERNING THIS CASE.

    1) He is NOT convicted
    2) The girl now 18 yrs old is questionable
    3) Her parents had a failed business dealing with that man

    Is your goal to keep YOUR name in print to jump to any conclusion that suits you or the media of the day ?

    dont be so arrogant from any of your personal successes.
    Every penny earned is a test by Hashem.

    Your article makes people dislike mistrust rabbis and yeshivot because of your condemnation.
    ITS NOT THE TRUTH BUT CONSPIRACY
    WHATS YOUR POINT TO DENIGRATE SATMARS OR HASIDEEM OR TORAH?

    DID YOU MENTION THAT IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY THAT HE REPRESENTS HIMSELF AND NOT JUDAISM.
    EVEN IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY…WAS HE REALLY GUILTY?
    How many people do you know that were wrongly convicted because the supposed victim came in dressed and acted like a ”’victim”’.

    AND IF HE IS GUILTY IS IT SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE?
    OR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE… TO FEEL SORROW FOR OUR NATION…
    If the liberals tolerant society can cry for children being killed in wars…they should also be crying for our people that lost their path.
    ______________
    PRAY THAT HASHEM GUIDES NETANYAHU WITH THE WISDOM TO LEAD ISRAEL.

  • I love you talking about bitachon in hashem. Are you OK with Israel? That was inherited from real goiyim to free Jews. ,by peoples doing not through nisim of hashem. And these people still try to watch on it. Because they don’t have full protection of hashem. Sorry for writing like a satmar, that’s not my point. Saying so many bad words on a person who is alleged to be one of a kind, is unfair, Is not for the Tora and not for America. Where did we loose our “Ahavas Yisroel” that we keep on asking from the Chasidim? Where is the blue sefer Chufetz Chaim we keep on teach all the Chasidim. Im scared, really scared for you because I know people who hate Chasidim too much are punished with grand children heise Chasidim. Are you ready for that?

  • http://www.scribd.com/doc/94050797/MY-COUSIN-NECHEMYA

    He is not a Rabbi. He disgraced the Weberman family. There are others he has hurt who have not come forward but sent letters to websites that deal with these momsers.

  • Hey there,

    Shame on you, for writing this article, #1, did you even look into the facts? Do you know that one of the people arrested for taking pictures was from the girls (alleged victim’s) side
    #2) I tought that you would be smart enough to understand that media names any jew a rabbi as long as they can smear him with something, I know this weberman guy he was never a rabbi,
    #3) Weberman is also someone’s son, and has a nice family of children, why don’t you give him a chance to defend himself (isn’t that what the torah says), and why don’t you report on the flaps she was cought on the stand, just because the media doesn’t report it, doesn’t mean there weren’t any, there were quiet a few, and what makes you think 1 million % that she’s not there for revenge as the defense alleges

    Looks like you’re so invested in hatred of hasidic jews that you would write anything to smear them, so shame on you I really hope you’re a martian of from venus

    • This is so right, the media is not even shamed enough to yell when they are so biased to 1 side.

      YOU MEDEA HAVE ALREADY BROKEN SO MANY HEARTS…

  • Nochum Paysach

    The Satmar have not left the shetle… they may live in NY but their minds are back in Europe circa 1905. They look at the government as the enemy “Stick it to the man is their mantra” and their Rebbe as Jesus. He can do no wrong and what he wants he gets, either by asking or taking it. You tow the mark or you are out of the group.

    Women are treated as property and are third class citizens they are not permitted to drive a car have an opinion nor get more then a basic education. Their father or husband is king of the castle. Do not ask questions why is a not a part of their vocabulary.

    The “rebbe” uses the Torah s his guide book but he is the interpreter of law.

    Their are some who will argue with me about my interpretation of the Satmar but deep down you know I am correct in their assessment. There’s is not Torah true Judaism. Torah trues Judaism is “love thy neighbor as you love your self” This type of behavior is kept behind closed walls… but this time it got out.

    I am an observant Jew who has seen to much “shtick” that goes on in their community. It will never change… because they don’t want it to.

  • What I find despicable is that people like yourself choose to convict the man before he’s had his day in court. Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?

    • “…where there’s smoke, there’s fire”

    • If this Rabbi is Innocent and a true believer in Torah, he would allow the courts to do the job and not intimidate the alleged victim. The very fact that these people are tampering with the witness speaks volumes for their lack of Faith in Hashem. There action are those of a guilty person. The only way to stop these kinds of behavior is through proper public exposure and jail time. R. Rabasskin of Postville Ia. is a perfect example of a system that works.

      • I was with your argument until you brought Sholom Rubashkin into it. The extreme sentence brought upon R. Rubashkin is hardly commensurate with the crime and clearly exposes a corrupt part of the system rooted in anti-Semitism. The accusers of Weberman are credible and many. the actions of some Chassidim to intimate victims from coming forward is indeed a reprehensible Chilul HaShem, but to condemn all of Satmar is also unjust. Bullies are not usually the majority– they just dominate ruthlessly and will resort to any means.

    • Satmar are well known for their backward behavior, as are many chassidim!

  • Kudos for writing this article. I agree with everything you said, the culture of protecting people who use a disguise of Torah observance as a means for violating the most basic ethical principles of our faith needs to be immediately stopped. The protection, and, blessings of Klal Yisrael need to be earned through real observance, and, not just the external trappings.

  • I agree with the author of this article, this is not a Rabbbi or a good Jew. For me this isn’t strange because I have a Charedi cousin who insult my mother Z’L’, my daughter, me and my grandaughter and I had to call to his yeshiva, in Israel, to talk with the ” principal ” of the yeshiva, to explain this rabbi attitude with us and guess what???, they didn´t care.

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