Yeshiva University likes to bill itself as the home of ‘centrist Orthodoxy’. It’s not so right wing that its men wear too many funny clothes, and not so left wing that it treats women like human beings.
Ah! Orthodoxy done just right….
Except for the fact that anywhere you find that toxic mix of religiosity, veneration of religious authority, and misogyny, you also always inevitably find sexual abuse and its cover up.
Yeshiva University is particularly revolting in this regard.
We strongly encourage you to read the following material that details the contempt in which rape survivors are held, the complete absence of consequences for perpetrators, and the determination of Yeshiva University to avoid doing *anything* to help or compensate survivors.
When looking at this issue, the big names of centrist Orthodoxy keep coming up – if not as abusers themselves, then as facilitators of cover up.
From Project Jewish Kids: ‘“The Investigative Team has concluded that multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place at YUHSB during the relevant time period. This conduct was carried out by a number of individuals in positions of authority at the High Schools at various times throughout the period covered by the Investigation, including, in certain instances, after members of the administration had been made aware of such conduct. In addition, the Investigative Team found that, during the relevant time period, sexual and physical abuse took place at other schools comprising the University as well.”
‘The Y.U. lawsuit was thrown out due to New York’s disgracefully short statute of limitations (courtesy of the Catholic Church and Agudath Israel).
‘In Judaism, there is no such thing as a statute of limitations. Criminal acts are never forgiven without the offender begging forgiveness from each and every victim and fully compensating the victims for their lifetime of pain, therapy and the damage that they suffered.
‘Ironically, the world’s most prominent Modern Orthodox rabbinical seminary uses secular law to skirt the Torah and Jewish values because of a statute of limitations that Torah law does not recognize.
‘Despite Y.U.’s own damning report –
- No one was fired over the scandal.
- Victims, to my knowledge, have not been compensated for the harm they suffered.
- Y.U. will not publicly identify the molesters.
- Y.U. will not name the rabbis and officials who covered up the abuse.
‘Former Chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm has publicly admitted that he allowed Y.U. molesters to be hired by other Jewish institutions and he did not warn them.’‘
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Read more here.