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"The Talk" x 4
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

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6/2/11

Dear Readers,

I am pleased to inform you of a Project YES, "Keep Our Children Safe" initiative designed to raise awareness among parents in our community about the importance of speaking to your children about safety and personal space -- in order to protect them from child abuse and molestation.

The workshops will be practical in nature and will guide parents in how to have these discussions in a tzanuah manner that is congruent with our Torah values.

I will be conducting these workshops as a public service of Project YES and there will be no charge for attending. Here is a list of the venues:

Baltimore: Motzoei Shabbos, June 11th - 10:15 p.m.
Congregation Shaarei Zion
6602 Park Heights Ave.

Queens: Monday, June 13th - 8:30 p.m.
Congregation Ahavas Yisroel
147-02 73rd Ave, Kew Gardens Hills

Monsey: Tuesday evening, June 14th - 8:00 p.m.
Yeshiva Darchei Noam
259 Grandview Ave.

Brooklyn: Wednesday evening, June 15th - 9:15 p.m.(following Maariv,at 9:00 p.m.)
Young Israel of Midwood
1694 Ocean Avenue

On a personal note, I plead with each and every parent to educate yourselves regarding best practices of conveying these crucial messages to your children. You have no more sacred obligation to your children than to keep them safe from predators.

The danger is so great and the education is so simple.

L'maan Hashem, please take this matter seriously and take the steps necessary to give your children the very best chance at remaining safe and secure.

Worded differently, I ask you to be the ones to educate your children about their bodies and personal space -- so that the predator is not the one to teach them these lessons.

Yakov Horowitz

Director, Project YES

Suggested Readings:

Kindly permit me to recommend that you read these columns I published in Mishpacha Magazine on the matter of abuse, before attending the workshops.

If you only have time for one of them, please review "Safe and Secure." Although it is the second in the series, it is the one that contains practical advice for having "The Talk".

The others in the series are "The Monster Inside" which discusses the very real danger abuse poses -- even in our sheltered communities (keep in mind that these columns ran in January, 2008) and "Human Problems" which makes the case that abusers have the halachic status of a rodef and that they must be reported to the authorities.

I also encourage you to read "Spare the Potch" which discusses the damage done by corporal punishment and how hitting your children makes your efforts at abuse prevention ineffective.

The Monster Inside

Safe and Secure

Human Problems

Spare the Potch



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1. Wonderful, B'H!     6/2/11 - 2:48 PM
Bracha Goetz - Baltimore/Maryland

You said it perfectly: The danger is so great and the education is so simple.


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2. Would love to have this in Passaic.     6/6/11 - 6:33 PM
Yael Rosenthal - Passaic, NJ

I would also love to have our schools make it mandatory.


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3. Thank you for the workshop     6/14/11 - 8:31 AM
Mitch Marcus - Queens, NY

Rabbi Horowitz, I just wanted to say thank you for the workshop. I attended the Queens workshop last night, and found it very informative and useful. It was also a pleasure to finally meet you.

With warmest regards, Mitch Marcus


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4. Excellent workshop     6/14/11 - 10:21 AM
eliezer - Queens, NY

I attended the Queens workshop. It was excellent, and the recommendations were simple and straightforward.

Thank you


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5.     6/14/11 - 4:56 PM
Gila - Kew Garden Hills

Rabbi Horowitz,

I attended your talk last night in Queens, todah rabbah. Please continue to spread the word regarding this important topic.

The reason why I only give it a 3/5 stars, is because the talk was very shlepped out. The intro (review of the Mishpacha articles) was not needed and took 10 minutes. The rest of your points could have been articulated in 15 minutes not 40.

May Hakadosh Baruch Hu give you the strength to be effective and hastily bring the day when this component of your services are no longer needed.


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6. why     6/15/11 - 3:56 PM
David

Why were so few people by the Monsey workshop? What could we do to get more people to come out and realize the importance??


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7. Vimeo Video     6/20/11 - 10:15 PM
Esther

Thanks for all these talks. I watched the video of the talk and I already talked to my 2.5 year old son about this in an appropriate manner. These are tools that will save lives! Thank you for such an important service.

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