The Devil Is In The Law's Details

Letter to the Editor (NY Daily News)
May 21, 2012

Edison, N.J.: Re "We work to protect all Brooklyn kids," (Op-Ed, May 16) by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes: Put these perverts in jail where they belong. No one should be shielded who commits such a horrible crime. This rabbi has the guts to speak out. Where are the national Jewish religious organizations? The anti-Semites are enjoying this horrible publicity. Put the guilty in prison.

Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg


Brooklyn: Under Jewish law one is prohibited from "placing a stumbling block in front of the blind" (Leviticus 19:14). This forbids hiding information that may lead to public harm. Judaism's laws against disparagement and slander are designed to protect from gossip, not stymie public awareness. If there is even a suspicion that someone may cause harm, says the Chofetz Chaim, who is the foremost authority on Judaism's gossip laws, you are permitted to give warning. If it is about protecting the victim, then the DA should give the victim the option to protect the identity of the accused.

Eliyahu Federman, victims' advocate