Orthodox Jewish communities all over the world are struggling with the wave of child sex abuse allegations. This thought-experiment article considers the difference in attitudes to white-collar crimes and sexual abuse crimes committed by Orthodox Jews. Several themes are apparent, including the risks of false accusations, and the way sex abuse crimes in particular shatter traditional stereotypes. See Times of Israel, Jews Down Under, and J-Wire for the article.
What are cultural drivers within our community that stand as an impediment to us effectively dealing with domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and other social issues? On White Ribbon Day, this takes a look at how Orthodox Jewish attitudes and cultures are standing in the way of dealing with abuse, and how the problems we have covered up in the past only fester and get worse if we don’t deal with them. Read it at J-Wire, Times of Israel, Jews Down Under, or Galus Australis.
In the midst of an upgrade to the switchboard at Yeshivah Shul, here is an allegory that talks about the way power is used in an organization. It’s an important message for any not for profit about the importance of openness and sustainability.
This piece on Galus Australis reflects on the chronic inability of Beth Dins to be effective in commercial disputes here in Australia, and the consequences for the reputation of Rabbis and the Beth Din system itself. What is needed is not perhaps change from within …
Following an outstanding speech from AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou, this article talks about how the Jewish community leadership can learn from the AFL’s respect for and approach to community. The AFL are doing a lot of things right – using their reach to raise awareness on important community issues and recognizing that they are there to serve the community, not the other way around.
In this piece, David draws on the weekly Torah portions that precede Rosh Hashana for a an important lesson to Jewish communal organizations about the importance of accountability and consequences.
Writing for the Yeshivah Shul newsletter, David reflects on Holocaust survivors and the meaning of birthday celebrations.