Rabbi Sexual Misconduct: Crying Out for a Communal Response

By Arthur G. Schaefer

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 1999

The author argues that a fear of lawsuits and bad publicity has dictated an atmosphere of hushed voices about rabbinic sexual abuse. However, the author argues that this silence does not serve our community well since it allows the victim to become further victimized by the Jewish community. The author argues that we must deal with these unpleasant issues in an open and honest manner by placing the topic of rabbinic sexual misconduct on the Jewish communal agenda. The author also argues that we need to learn from our sources and develop a process for rehabilitation that incorporates concepts of teshuvah (repentance) such as reaching out to those who were harmed.

Topic: Violence, Abuse, Crime, Social Issues, Leadership

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.63/No.2

Page Number(s): 58-62

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Schaefer, Arthur G. Rabbi Sexual Misconduct: Crying Out for a Communal Response. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 1999: 58-62. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4370


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