Friday, December 31, 2010

Victims of Abuse: Do not be silent


"Brave Face" - Sarah Wyman
 A message for victims of abuse from Prosecutor Ronit Emanuel  after former President Moshe Katzav was convicted of  rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and obstruction of justice:

"We have seen you through the criminal process show continued courage and determination in dealing with the events you experienced," Emanuel said, addressing her remarks directly to the victims. "Today, we salute you. The message to survivors of harassment is 'do not be silent'."

......this day teaches us that world leaders and also presidents will be brought to court when needed, and that is a symbol of honor for the State of Israel."
Also see: Katzav Convictions Sends Message to Women

"Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."  [Elie Wiesel]

2 comments:

  1. The Katsav verdict reminds one of the advisability of keeping to the Code of Jewish Law's Hilchot Yichud - "The Laws of Modesty" - that govern with whom and when a Jewish man can be alone with a woman.

    Personal female secretaries are a recipe for disaster, laying both open to suspicions and charges.

    In the Even Haezer section of the Code of Jewish Law there is a section Lihitrachek min hanashim - "On distancing from women", which states tzarich ha'adam lihtrachek min hanashim me'od me'od - "a man must keep away from women very very much"!

    The Talmud views men and women as two different 'species' who should not over mix: "Do not overly converse with a woman, even one's own wife, let alone another's...he will bring evil on himself, neglect Torah study, and in the end will inherit Gehinnom!" (Pirke Avot 1:5)

    Like the US White House under Clinton, Israel's Beit Hanassi has been brought somewhat into disrepute. One of the signs of the Chevlei Moshiach - "the Pre-Messianic Pangsl" - is when Beit Hava'ad l'znut - "the High Offices will become bordellos" (Mishna Sotah 9)!

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  2. The Katsav verdict reminds one of the advisability of keeping to the Code of Jewish Law's Hilchot Yichud - "The Laws of Modesty" - that govern with whom and when a Jewish man can be alone with a woman.

    Personal female secretaries are a recipe for disaster, laying both open to suspicions and charges.

    In the Even Haezer section of the Code of Jewish Law there is a section Lihitrachek min hanashim - "On distancing from women", which states tzarich ha'adam lihtrachek min hanashim me'od me'od - "a man must keep away from women very very much"!

    The Talmud views men and women as two different 'species' who should not over mix: "Do not overly converse with a woman, even one's own wife, let alone another's...he will bring evil on himself, neglect Torah study, and in the end will inherit Gehinnom!" (Pirke Avot 1:5)

    Like the US White House under Clinton, Israel's Beit Hanassi has been brought somewhat into disrepute. One of the signs of the Chevlei Moshiach - "the Pre-Messianic Pangsl" - is when Beit Hava'ad l'znut - "the High Offices will become bordellos" (Mishna Sotah 9)!

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