Mesirah or Molesting?

By Yerachmiel Lopin (Frum Follies blog)
August 18, 2012

When convicted sex offender Yoel Oberlander was arrested for trespassing at Camp Shalvah many Bobov partisans breathed a sigh of relief. “You see,” they said, “there was no molesting.”

But guys, hold on a second. How can he be guilty of trespassing if he was supposed to be in camp to make a food delivery? In the US, the law can’t declare an invited visitor a trespasser unless they get the property owner to insist he went into some other area without authorization.

If the camp believed his worst crime was an unauthorized stroll they would not have pressed charges for trespassing. To press charges for such a crime against another Jew is mesirah (snitching). Ultra orthodox Jews don’t do that to other Jews unless it involves something like violence or sex abuse.

Would Bobov have pressed charges if they thought nothing happened? I think, not.