Thursday, 12 September 2013

Rabbi Moshe Gutnick Apologies For Sexual Assault Mishandling and Abuse

Australia's most senior Orthodox rabbi has apologised for the mishandling and cover up of sexual assaults within the Orthodox Jewish community.  Rabbi Moshe Gutnick is the President of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australia. He has written to state Orthodox groups in Australia and New Zealand asking for the letter to be disseminated to rabbis and congregations on the Day of Atonement.  The Day of Atonement is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Rabbi Gutnick made the statement to perpetrators "You will be found. It may not be today, it may not even be tomorrow, but it will happen. There will be justice if not in this world, most definitely in the next."

Rabbi Gutnick should be congratulated on making such a definitive statement and demonstrating leadership in this area. This has been a difficult area for conservative religious leaders. Often they have been unwilling to take a strong stand. Rabbi Gutnick will stand as an example to other religious communities.

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