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Rosh Hashana Greetings to our Heilige Survivors
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

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9/12/12

Rosh Hashana Greetings to our Heilige Survivors




As we prepare to stand before Hashem in the days to come, and daven (pray) for ourselves, our families and all of Klal Yisroel, those of us who work with survivors of abuse and molestation ask you to publicly show your support for them in these yemei rachamim (days of mercy)

Part and parcel of the strategy employed by many of the predators in our community is to discredit their victims who have the courage to step forward and press charges against them. Typically, the molester will point to the victim's 1) diminished level of religious observance and/or 2) self-destructive behaviors, like substance abuse, to "prove" his own innocence.

However, for those of us who work with at-risk teens, the fact that one of our tayere kinderlach engaged in hard-core drug use, self-mutilation, suicide attempts, or left Yiddishkeit, makes it MORE likely that the accusation is true, not less. Why? Because we have known for many years now that the vast majority of our kids who have descended into the gehenom of these destructive activities have done so because they were molested.

Of all the horror committed by predators against our innocent, precious boys and girls, the premeditated and deliberate defamation of their character is perhaps the most unforgivable; since it abuses them all over again and adds to their disconnect from our kehila – when what they need most is our acceptance and love.

With that in mind, I respectfully ask our readers to please stand with the brave survivors and their families who have the courage to take the lonely path of coming forward and pressing charges, with the other silent and silenced victims who are watching the high-profile cases unfold very carefully to determine whether they too should risk going to the authorities, and with all survivors of abuse and molestation.

Precisely because the predators attempt to discredit and disgrace the victims and their families, is all the more reason why we need to reach out to them and let them know how much we respect and care for them.

Kindly take a few minutes from your busy schedules and post a Rosh Hashana bracha in the thread following these lines, and have them in mind in your Tefillos. Previous efforts to garner public support for victims were extraordinarily comforting to them, as they help restore their faith in humanity and let them know that the vast majority of our community members are behind them.

Please include your real names and the names of the cities where you live to personalize your message and to send a clear message that we proudly stand with the survivors and their families.

Abuse survivors are our heilege neshamosour holy souls. They have endured unspeakable trauma in their lives and had their childhood cruelly stolen from them, because they learned at a very young age, at the mercy of cunning and evil predators, to never trust again. Nonetheless, the vast, overwhelming majority of survivors seek no revenge or retribution. They only hope and pray that today’s children be spared from the horror they endured. Regardless of their observance level, we ought to welcome these survivors as full and respected members of our kehilos. We ought to commit to them that we will do everything possible to remove from our community those who prey on our innocent children and speak truth to power if necessary in the coming year to keep all our children safe and secure.

If the great tzadik, Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev zt’l were alive, I imagine that he would embrace abuse survivors in his shul on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and proclaim to Hashem, “Master of the Universe, look at these heilige neshamos who have endured so much with such dignity, and in their ze’chus inscribe us all in the Book of Life.”

Best wishes for a k’siva v’chasima tova and may Hashem answer our tefilos b’rachamim u’vrazon.

Yakov Horowitz



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1. Stand Strong     9/12/12 - 6:14 PM
Eliyahu Fink - LA, CA - rabbifink@gmail.com

Shana Tova to our dear survivors.

Stand strong and we stand strong by your side, in front of you, and behind you. It is my wish that this year will bring greater awareness, prevention, and assistance of the horrors of abuse. What you have gone through is terrible, but you are here and we are here with you.

With tears in my eyes I offer you this wish: Hopefully the very sour apple you have been handed can be sweetened with the honey of our love for you and through the healing of time.

- Eliyahu Fink


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2. We all stand by you     9/12/12 - 6:34 PM
Dovid Teitelbaum - Brooklyn, NY - sdeichemed@gmail.com

I just want you survivors out there to know that I think everybody is truly behind you and cares tremendously about your pain. Many of us just don't have the courage to stand up and fight the system like Rabbi Horowitz does. Don't loose faith in your brothers. May things only get better. Gut yom tov.


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3. Shana Tovah!     9/12/12 - 7:12 PM
Lee Sentell - Monroe, NY

Had Rabbi Horowitz as a Rebbe in elementary school. Still thankful for that opportunity. Still reaping rewards on valuable lessons he taught me.

Here's hoping for a good year for all of us, including the esteemed R' Horowitz, and a better year for victims of abuse and terror!


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4. Thank you Rabbi Horowitz and Words of Chizzuk     9/12/12 - 7:16 PM
DS - Monsey, NY

I was privileged to work with a program called "Be'ad HaYeled," which was one of the first attempts to train Jewish communal workers and educators to look for signs of abuse. Rav Pam zt"l spoke at one of the first workshops and addressed the issue of "mesirah." He said that molestation seriously compromises a person's future simchas hachayim, and therefore even if the crime is not in all cases "life threatening" it clearly always threatens the victim's future quality of life. His statement was a breakthrough. Rav Pam understood.

May Hashem bless you and heal you in all ways. May we as a kahal repair all the breaches, rid ourselves of evil and corruption and build a safer and more secure world for our children.


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5.     9/12/12 - 7:23 PM
Alice - Cedarhurst ,NY

This message is for all those who have been victims of abuse and molestation. This message is for all those who have come forward and for those who have not yet come forth. Please know that there is a tremendous community of people out there who are here to support you and give you strength even when we may not know how. My wish for this coming year is that all those who have been victimized find some source of comfort from the pain that you feel.


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6. May Hashem bless you with overflowing blessings     9/12/12 - 7:24 PM
Needleman Family - Monsey,NY

May this year be one of healing, growth, and joy for you. There are many people who care about you. Kol tuv.


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7. best wishes to all the children     9/12/12 - 7:25 PM
denise karasick - ny - gdk310@hotmail.com

HI, I want to wish a shana tova umesuka to any and all children who have suffered abuse--physical, verbal and or emotional. May you have a year of renewal and a year of strength to overcome and build your lives with health, happiness and success in all that you set out to do. May Hashem watch over you and shower you with bracha. With love and respect, Denise Karasick


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8. Happy New Year!     9/12/12 - 7:45 PM
Elliot Pasik - Long Beach, NY - efpasik@aol.com

Happy New Year is what we used to say in my traditional, but definitely non-orthodox neighborhood in the Bronx, growing up. It sounds "goyish", I know, a term I now put in quotes, because it gives me a discomfort I never had before. The truth is, our neighbors are doing a better job at preventing abuse, and assisting abuse survivors than we are. Happy New Year to all. If you go to shul, and it gets too boring, just walk out, like I do once in a while, when my wife isn't looking. I usually, when I remember, bring some Jewish books with me to read. Notice I said books, not seforim. Sometimes, people who are conspicuously pious, as in throwing around common frum phrases, annoy me. For that reason, I almost never kiss mezuzahs in public.

I hope and pray you spend much time with people you love, be it family or friends. When is the next protest? Don't forget to invite me. Happy New Year, chaverim!


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9. Shana Tova     9/12/12 - 7:57 PM
Anonymous

My heart breaks for your pain and I wish you a year where you can transcend your difficulties and be able to live the life you want. May Hashem enable you to find and shine your special light in the world and use your pain to bring more love into the world


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10. thinking of you     9/12/12 - 8:12 PM
schneur rabin - montreal

i support the victims of abuse in coming forward. i support the prosecution of perpetrators. i have you in mind in my tefilos. kesivah vchasima tova


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11. You have a bigger fan club than you think...     9/12/12 - 8:54 PM
Shaina - Monsey, NY

I beleive that I am not alone when I say that there are many wonderful supportive people within our frum community who are proud and thankful to those survivors who are brave enough to face their personal monster - in public. May you have a new year filled with trust, hope, and renewal.


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12. A Sweet New Year!     9/12/12 - 8:55 PM
Anonymous - Chicago

Thank you R' Horowitz for being the voice for our troubled and abused children and teens. Finally, our community is realizing that we cannot be silent or ignorant - we must speak out strongly against the perpetrators of these horrific crimes against our innocent and beautiful children, and insure that they are no longer allowed to shuttle from one place to another to continue their depraved behaviors.

I also want to commend all the amazing children, young adults who have had the enormous courage to speak out and to tell them that this same courage should keep them moving forward towards healing and a much happier and better life and to ask forgiveness for our lack of awareness of this issue and our inability to prevent these things from happening to them.

May the coming year be one of hope, love, laughter and a much happier and rewarding future for all.


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13. Kol Hakovod for standing up     9/12/12 - 9:03 PM
Esther Feuer (Fertel) - Brooklyn, NY - egfrn@hotmail.com

To all the survivors of abuse and all those who support them, may G-d grant you the strength to continue to press on. It will only be as a result of your efforts that more people will come forward. If it becomes known that perpetrators of abuse will be prosecuted, perhaps it will have a deterrent effect for future abusers.

May Hashem grant you peace, health, and happiness in the coming year.

Esther Feuer RN, DST


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14.     9/12/12 - 9:12 PM
Rivka Iacullo - Atlanta, GA

Dear Survivors,

I believe you. And I believe in you.


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15. I Too Feel Your Pain and will always have your back     9/12/12 - 9:23 PM
Shlomo B Silber - Queens, NY

As a vicim of Physical and emotional abuse throughout my childhood through my early teenage years,I want you to know that just reading the above gets me emotional just thinking of all the pain and suffering that you all go through. Not to mention being re-victimized by being discredited in adulthood.

No one can ever take the pain and suffering that you endured away from you and no supplication to G-d will ever reach as high as yours.

I wish for you the strength and courage to face your demons of the past and be able to heal and live a life of happiness.


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16.     9/12/12 - 9:53 PM
Rivka P - Flushing - dpbr7@aol.com

I think of the cloud of pain and anger that must surround you who have survived sexual, physical and emotional abuse. It must feel like a thick fog that you cannot escape. My prayers are with all of you.

May this year be a year of escaping the fog and moving on to a full happy life. May you find the strength to build this life despite and at the same time because of the pain you have. There are resources and people who care.

Thank you, Rabbi Horowitz, you have brought some much light and hope into the lives of so many people. You are not afraid to speak up about the destructive people that exist in the frum world. You have the emotional and intellectual saichal to persevere in helping our children.

May Hashem grant you and your family a year filled with open revealed brochas. May we all merit to see the ultimate healing in the coming of the geulah.


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17. New Year New Beginning     9/12/12 - 9:57 PM
Jonathan Munoz - monsey - jmunoz613@gmail.com

Thanks to R'Horowitz and others who are speaking out against the abuse being perpetrated in our holy communities. I wish all those who have suffered a sweet new year with many blessings of healing and forgiveness.

May this new year be a new beginning where although you may never forget but you can move on in life and put all the evils behind.

We should all be involved in making sure that no other holy neshama is ever faced with these evils!

Ketiva V' Chatima Tovah!


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18. My Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters     9/12/12 - 11:03 PM
Achituv - Brooklyn NY

We feel your pain and have contributed for your recovery in many ways. May Hashem almighty Harofe lishvirei lev umchabesh ... mend your broken hearts anew,heal your wounds and shine his love and warmth Ahavat Olam upon you for the forseeable future. We have you all in mind and never ever forget you in our prayers. Be strong, keep faith and wishing you an exceptional Zisse Gebenscht Yuhr.

With all our support Chazak veEmatz!!!


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19. Thank you     9/12/12 - 11:33 PM
adkanenough.com

Thank you Rabbi Horowitz,

As a survivor your words are music to my ears. It is comforting to know that through all the pain and rejection we as survivors endure, perhaps this Rosh Hashona we will feel less alone.

Thank you to all who have posted comments of support.

May we all merit a new year with changes in policies regarding the SOL and continuous support from the community towards victims and survivors.

Debbie- editor adkan


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20. We got your back!!     9/13/12 - 12:03 AM
Chemmy Meisels - Brooklyn, NY

My Fellow Yid... Know, that there are thousands of us standing behind you in support. We commend you for having the courage to stand strong and speak the truth. May the new year bless us with joy and comfort till Moshiach's day!


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21.     9/13/12 - 12:27 AM
Shlomo - Boro Park

To all my dear brothers and sisters who suffered under the hands of others: I stand behind you. Your pain is my pain your struggle is my struggle and your healing will heal me.

Let us together hold abusers and their sympathizers accountable!!!


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22. Such a difference     9/13/12 - 12:56 AM
Miriam - RBS A

I grew up in such a different time, although I am not old! I told my parents at 15 that I was sexually molested at 7, and was sent to therapy, which was stopped once we got to the emotional abuse I was suffering at home. I did not press charges against the then 17 year old who abused me. I was told not to. And I suffered from it.

I still suffer from the abuse of my parents. But then it was just "spoiling children" if you did not hit. Now we know differently. As my own parents wonder why they are obsessive, why they have low self esteem, we now know it comes from the abuse they suffered in the name of "not spoiling" children.

Thank you to those who speak up about abuse. Thank you to those who help those abused. And thank Hashem for sending me the malachim who helped me survive my childhood still intact, despite all the abuse I suffered.

I pray for all of us that this year we will all merit the Light to see how we act, what we do, and what we say affects others, and that we merit to use those powers for good only!!! And may that same Light be the Light of Ultimate Healing and Redemption for all of us!!! Shana Tova!


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23. New Year, New Life     9/13/12 - 1:04 AM
happyminyan - Ma'ale Adumim

In one way or another, we are all survivors. We endure painful childhood experiences and try to re-make ourselves according to a better understanding of our mission in life and our kesher with Hashem.

Cleaving to Hashem, as did our forefathers about to embark on the conquest of Eretz Yisroel, is the best therapy.

Many brachot at this auspicious time, to those who continue to endure and to cleave.


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24. Tests in life     9/13/12 - 3:03 AM
Gila Aronson - Tels Stone/ Israel

I wish you Shana Tova Umetuka cause Hashem doesn't give a test if we cant survive it. He creats us and plans our lives with the good and the bad in them. We believe its all ????? and there must be s/t good that will come out of it: a stronger you/ a more sensitive you/ a more aware you/ a more giving to the weak you.

We need to trust that we wont be left alone in this world that there someone with us at all times. We dont know :why ? - we need to learn about "what"

Ok so what do i do from now, sit and cry and feel sorty for myself? Or get up on my own feet and sY never again !!

I wish you children- men and women , to find a closer connection and trust in yourselvs in Hashem and in good people


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25. We are with you     9/13/12 - 3:29 AM
David Karr - NYC

Dear survivors,

I support you.

Shana Tovah (to those of you who celebrate it)


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26. Stay Strong and Shine     9/13/12 - 3:45 AM
Anonymous

Dear Survivors, You have been challenged with what may be one of the greatest challenges in this world, yet, society expects you to be productive and healthy adults. What a task! May Hashem give you the strength to grow and overcome obstacles this year, to shine light on to a world that sometimes sets you up in terrible situations. This year, may you produce, and show the world your great talents and abilities, and make our society a better place, despite the hardships you have endured. With much respect from Jerusalem, Esther


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27. 40 years     9/13/12 - 7:40 AM
Survivor of HN - Canada

I am a survivor, 40 years I have been wandering in the desert with the horrors that happened to me when I was in school and in camp during the 70's. After finally seeking help and therapy as my first stage of healing, my soul that was taken away from me when I was a child by a loved and trusted rabbi in Toronto, at the end of August I walked into a police station and filed a report. The anxiety I felt that morning was unbearable, I was finally taking control of the trauma and memories that controlled me for 40 years.

Afterwards I felt a tremendous relief,finally the little boy in me that suffered all those years came out and told someone.

The Rabbi was arrested a week later. I saw all the comments here and I would personally like to thank everyone here that cares, supports and understand that this type of behavior cannot be tolerated or covered up. Our children are our future they must be taught to come forward and know they will be believed and listened to.

Shana Tova V Chatima Tova

Survivor Of HN


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28. Support from principals, teachers, mandated reporters     9/13/12 - 8:36 AM
Lea Goldstein - Rochester

Dear Survivors, It is wonderful that R' Horowitz is speaking out to help eradicate this horrifying abuse. As a school principal, hopefully speaking on behalf of my colleagues, I want to assure you that we are morally and legally required to protect you and all of the precious neshamos who are abused. If someone is doing something to you that you know is wrong, go to a trusted teacher or to your principal. Don't wait, don't be ashamed...we will help you!!

Ksiva vechasima tova, Lea Goldstein, Rochester


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29.     9/13/12 - 9:02 AM
Eliezer Silberstein - Toronto

Dear Survivors,

I stand with you. May Hashem give you the courage to help rid our community of the evil of sexual abuse.


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30. L'maan tichye     9/13/12 - 9:29 AM
Elliot Pasik - Long Beach, NY - efpasik@aol.com

A few weeks ago, parshas Shoftim, everybody darshans on the first three words of the passuk, "Tsedek tsedek tirdof..." Justice, justice pursue. There are so many vertlach on these words, but you don't hear too much about the next two, "l'maan tichye", in order that you may live.

How do we understand those words? By hearing testimony from people like number 27, "40 Years". After prosecuting his molester, now he is filled with life. Now a burden is lifted from his shoulders. Now, he literally feels better. The Torah is literally true. When you feel better, when your emotions are good, and you are in balance, and you are not depressed, you live longer. You will not self-destruct with negative behaviors.

I have heard testimony from survivors like this before. I have seen, on their faces, their actual joy when their molesters are convicted and sentenced.

Some people ask, and it is a fair question, Why prosecute? Why, especially, prosecute someone who might have committed his crimes many years ago, who was sent for therapy, who may even continue to be in therapy, and who is even being observed and guarded by the community? Why prosecute? I think one answer is, L'maan tichye. The survivor will live, the survivor will feel better. That's more than enough.

K'siva v'chasimah tova to all the survivors, and klal Yisroel, and yasher koach, Mrs. Goldstein for the clarity of your comments, and the recognition of the responsibilities of all mechanchim.


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31. A better year for our survivors of abuse     9/13/12 - 9:46 AM
Jeffrey Wallach, LCSW-R - Brooklyn, New York - Jeffrey.Wallach@nychhc.org

As a mental health professional I worked on the Child Abuse Team of a large municipal hospital almost 30 years ago. We had Orthodox Jewish families receiving our services even then. I respect how difficult it was and is for survivors of abuse and their families to come forward. Please be aware that there are amny more supports now than there was then.

I wish the survivors and their loved ones a sweet year filled with Health and Peace.

Jeffrey Wallach, LCSW-R


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32. Thank You     9/13/12 - 10:02 AM
michelle - jerusalem

as a yoiung mother thank you for helping us all be aware!

survivors you're the ones who ensure my children shouldn't go through such abuse i'yh!

thank you and ksiva vechasima tovah!


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33. You are all our children     9/13/12 - 10:47 AM
Janet Salman - Brooklyn, NY

All of our children deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. Please don't ever feel ashamed of who you are or of what has been done to you. Each one of you is as precious to us as our own children are. Keep your head held high and reach out to our community for help if you need it. May Hashem grant each of you a safe, happy, and successful New Year.


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34. Good Gebentched Yur...., Refuahs, Yeshuos, and Hatzlacha....     9/13/12 - 10:48 AM
Julie Kusnetz - Highland Park, NJ

.....to all survivors, their loved ones, and to Rabbi Horowitz and others like him who truly do holy work.


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35. As a parent of a courageous survivor     9/13/12 - 12:10 PM
Pearl Engelman - Williamsburg, NY

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you wonderful commenters! But most of all THANK YOU to Rabbi Horowitz for writing just the right words in describing the feelings of survivors and their families. Oh how alone we stand against the dark cloud of unawareness and lack of knowledge in our community of the damage done to those molested.

We may think it's only a child; a child will forget, a child will heal, a child doesn't understand. But even a small child keenly feels and remembers if they are violated - even in sneaky ways - as was my son, Joel when he was 8 years old by his Menahel at UTA.

Yet how is it possible that Joel's molester is still a Rebbi to 8-9 year old boys TODAY at UTA???

4 years ago, just before his 23rd birthday, Joel finally confronted the Rebbi and the school administration. As those working with survivors of abuse know, it took enourmous courage for a 23 year old to be able to do this. The Rebbi was sent away and then 2 months later, when Joel's statute of limitations expired the school immediately REHIRED the Rebbi.

Joel courageously went public with his story(google 'Joel Engelman')yet shockingly the school continues to employ the molester! And exactly as Rabbo Horowitz writes, the betrayel by the school - the secondary victimization and violation - is so much worse than the first!

Dear commenters, your words of Chizik and inspiration are so very much appreciated!


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36. Standing with you     9/13/12 - 12:40 PM
Pesach Sommer - Passaic, Nj

Please know, that despite the sinful behavior of some of our co-religionists, the majority of us are with you. I am sorry if we have not been vocal enough or supportive enough. I commit to stand by your side, on the side of truth and all that is good and holy.


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37. Best wishes for a Shana Tova     9/13/12 - 12:50 PM
Yaakov Lach - Brooklyn, NY

Best wishes for a sweet year! And thank you R' Horowitz for taking this initiative.


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38. Gut Yur!     9/13/12 - 12:56 PM
Shalom - Brooklyn, NY - styberg05@yahoo.com

To all survivors of abuse, their families, friends and supporters, May this year bring you only happiness, joy, peace, and serenity. May you know only good from here on in, and may we all rejoice together with the coming of Moshiach speedily.


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39. A bracha for the New Year     9/13/12 - 1:18 PM
Rachel - Boca Raton, Florida

Wishing all our brothers and sisters a New Year blessed with good health, happiness, and peace; peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, our communities and in Israel and around the world.


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40. We are here for you     9/13/12 - 4:15 PM
Chaim Saperstein - Monsey

Although you may not see it, the vast majority of the community supports you and shares my outrage at what has happened to you.

May the new year bring you nothing but comfort and hope.


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41. You are my heroes     9/13/12 - 6:14 PM
Howard Reznick, LCSW-C - Baltimore - howrez@gmail.com

May the Rebono-shel-Olam give you much strength, love, support and parnasa this coming year.

I am so sorry that you were hurt when you were younger and so very sorry that you were traumatized again by those who did not believe you when you were able to speak about it.

May this year bring about increased openness about these issues within our communities and may all of our children enjoy the safety and care that everyone deserves.

- Howard Reznick


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42. May G-d Protect you!     9/13/12 - 8:47 PM
Rebecca - Baltimore

To all the victims, I am so sorry for all the pain you have been subjected to. May Hashem give you strength and protect you from all future harm. May his Angels surround you and comfort you and carry you through your pain and may this coming year bring you much peace of mind and tranqility. Shana Tova!


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43. Little Rhody Is With You     9/13/12 - 8:52 PM
Fishel Bresler - Providence, RI - fishelbresler@gmail.com

Even way out here in Providence, RI our hearts are with you! May you all be blessed with a year of healing, of justice, and of joy; a year when you can laugh and feel whole again.

We know that abuse is real, and we appreciate the fear that goes with going public. Stand strong, be well!

Chasivah v'chasimah tovah!


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44. Bracha For The New Year!     9/13/12 - 9:09 PM
Rabbi Finkel - Chicago

May Hashem bless and protect all those who experience pain, emotional trauma, and live in the shadows of their secrets. I know your pain and it is real. This New Year should be a time that Hashem returns your upright standing in the community. May Hashem personally repay all victims of abuse for the intentional infliction of emotional trauma caused by their abusers. Yeshuas Hashem Keherref Ayin! The ‘Wheel of Fortune’, the galgal hachozer should turn in your favor to the top.

Mordechai "Motty" Finkel


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45. We stand with you and will help you destroy the reputations of the abusers     9/13/12 - 11:00 PM
Pinchas ben Elozor

These evil abusers have no Chailek in Klal Yisrael in this world or in the next world!


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46. Do not stand by idly while your brother/sisters blood is being shed     9/14/12 - 2:01 AM
Judy Genut - Williamsburg Bklyn NY - chayascommunity@gmail.com

Its encouraging to read the support from people, however in face of this horrendous and heinous crimes that were done to innocent boys and girls at the tender ages beginning from 8 and up (and I shudder more to think when it started at an earlier age), We need everybody from every community,kehilla, chassidus and beyond- to read and post thier support. As a community activist and as someone who works with teens that have been "pushed" off the derech ( yes I say pushed- because they alone would not have gone off the derech- had they not been abused-used-violated- emotionally mutilated- and spiritually raped!!!) To all those reading these posts- please spread the messages and education all around to families, friends, neighbors and ....... CSA (child sexual abuse) robs the life and religion out of a child- if he/she is molested in the very community where she should have been the safest!!!! To all those deniers/defenders of the abuser- those who claim there were no witness: CRIMES OF THIS NATURE- IS ALWAYS DONE IN SECRECY"!!!! HAD THERE BEEN A BYSTANDER/WITNESS, IT STANDS TO REASON- THE MOLESTER WOULD BE ASHAMED or SCARED TO EXPOSE HIS EVIL ACTS. As Reb Wosner shlita claims' Crimes that are committed between 4 eyes, then even a woman or child are credible witness!!!

Survivors stand strong- have hope and keep the faith. The sun has yet to come out (and its coming) and you will be warmed by its rays!!! In the meantime- let our support and belief in your saga- warm you.

Let the horror be left behind with the old year, and may this new year be with Healing, Hope and joy!!1


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47.     9/14/12 - 12:13 PM
M. Kogan - Southfield, MI

You are brave and deserve much praise for bringing this to light. You are doing a great service for the Jewish people.


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48. Stand strong     9/14/12 - 2:01 PM
Paul Plotsker - Cincinnati, OH

To all survivors of abuse, We are turning the tide and beginning to see results. Forgive us as a community for not understanding your pain in the past. That's history. We've got the abusers and their protecters on the run and will finish them off soon. In that zchus, of 'burning the evil out of our midst,' may we be zoche to see Moshiach soon.


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49. Da Lifnei Mi Atah Omed     9/14/12 - 3:16 PM
Sherree Belsky - Lawrence. NY

It was right here on this blog that my own eyes and heart was wide opened to this cancer in our own Jewish society. I too was innocently ignorant of the evil game that our leaders have played for decades keeping this machlah and these crimes against our pure and innocent yiddish neshomas hidden only to allow it to multiply into epidemic proportions.

It is here where I began my education on the subject and I met others who were just as appalled and disgusted not to mention disappointed and hurt by the very people we looked up to and counted on. And it was here where I heard my call to action and became an advocate and got others organized to go into battle. At that time the most often heard comment was "but who will listen to us, who will join us, who will care?". B"H. Not so many years later we have made progress. People are listening, people are joining and B"H, the most important of all, people do care.

Since my eyes were opened the movement has grown to the point that there is quite a bit of education available and being promoted to keep our children safe. What a huge difference. We were being yelled at for making a chilul Hashem for discussing this disgusting subject. Now B"H everyone is discussing it. It is out in the open.

Victim/survivors were hiding from the pain of their experiences and the even more enormous pain of not being believed or supported! B"H more and more victims/survivors are finding the courage and support to come forward and name names! The wall of shame has been established and more and more names are being added for all to see and for all to be aware off. No longer are these rodfim able to hide under the rug or the protection they once enjoyed. Evil is now being exposed! This is only because it is Hashem's will to wipe out evil and to be metaken olam.

We now stand before the yamim noraim. The hypocrisy of the situation is as follows : At this point in time the Torah speaks specifically about these horrific acts to which it is referred to as an abomination! An abomination! That is very strong language definitely not to be taken lightly. Those abusers who stand before Hashem in their Yom Tov levush, hiding under their pure white taleisim, with their phony or maybe not so phony tears running down their cheeks because after all they know what they did, and they know that Hashem can mete out their punishment; they beg Hashem for forgiveness only to continue their crimes once Yom Tov is over.

How foolish. For all their frumkeit and phony acts of Chessed and Yiddishkeit don't they know that Hashem is only moichel after they ask mechilah Ben Adam l'chaveiroh? The only real teshuva comes only after one repents seriously for his sins and if one does not ask mechilah from the one they hurt then how can they be doing true teshuva? How can Hashem forgive them?

Da Lifnei Mi Atah Omed, both now during the Yamim Noraim and every single day of the year, every minute, every second of the day. Witnesses? Do you want to know who is witness to your crimes????? Hashem is witness to all your crimes and he has a din V'Cheshbon on everything you do.

This is my message to all the molesters out there. We will track you down ,we will expose you and stop you because Hashem is witness to all your crimes and he will help expose you because he didn't put his precious neshomelech on this earth for you to destroy! You have bechirah in this and they don't.

To everyone who reads this. There is no choice when you hear a story of abuse. You must always put yourself in the place of the parent or the victim. What if it were your child? What if were a child close to you? What if it were you, how would you feel being in their shoes? Let the truth come out. Where there is smoke there is fire. We raise our children to be innocent, free from shmutz. To be Eidel and fine. How would our children even know about these things if it didn't happen to them? Why would they want this negative attention? Aside from the fact that there are signs to look for that point to the fact that something has changed for the child. Professionals know how to recognize the truth.

In the secular world statistics show that less than 4% are false accusations. In our world children have so much less knowledge of sexual and abusive situations that we must take every accusation seriously and carefully. Never panic but never make light of it. Check it out appropriately. If you are not sure what to do call your pediatrician.

I wish everyone Chag Kasher V'sameach. I wish for everyone in pain that this be a year of healing; everyone Who is ill that this be a year of refuah ; anyone without a true zivug that this be the year that you find your bashert; and anyone who has not known the joy of pregnancy and children that this year you are zoche to soothe a crying infant and be soothed holding and smelling your newborn in your arms.


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50. A Gut Gebenched Yuhr     9/16/12 - 1:39 AM
Eli Mandel - Cleveland, OH

I ask you forgiveness for not doing enough this year to put a final stop this horror.


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51. Thank you     9/16/12 - 3:33 AM
Pinny Taub - Brooklyn, NY - pinnyft@gmail.com

Dear Rabbi Horowitz,

I have six words that come to mind responding to this article. THANK YOU, THANK YOU and THANK YOU. Your ongoing support for survivors of abuse is what gives us hope and healing. Your nonstop education and awareness is what gives us even more hope that others won’t go through the suffering we suffered.

May Hashem grant you much Hatzlacha in your holy work and you and your family should be blessed with only health, happiness and prosperity.

It is heartwarming to see total strangers taking their time before Rosh Hashanah and showing support for all those feeling alone and showing us that we are not alone. Let this year be a blessing with joy and happiness.

My dear brothers and sisters, fellow victims and survivors,

There are a lots of unanswered questions. The pain sometimes is unbearable. We have people stepping all over us and re-abusing us. Their voices are sometimes loud and at times they will show up in force to protect abusers. Dear friends, open your eyes and look around. The love and supports towards us is growing and the other side is shrinking.

Let’s be survivors not victims. No matter if we disagree sometimes, where you are right now or what level of observance you are. You will always be part of Klal Yisroel and you will always have the support of Klal Yisroel.

May this year be a year of healing, happiness and joy. Hashem should finally grant the Saychel Hayushur to those who are still ignorant. We should be zoiche to be next year in Yerushelayim as one nation. Amen.

A git g’bentcht yur Pinny Taub


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52. We stand by you, and wish we could do more     9/16/12 - 4:55 AM
Meir Traube - Staten Island - milhouset@gmail.com

I pray (and will pray) that you overcome whatever issues or suffering you may have from the terrible actions of unfortunately too many of those that we have trusted. I will of course stand by you when you ask for justice and future prevention to ensure that others do not suffer the way that you have. I only wish there was some way to do more for you, and I am sorry that I was not aware of these problems when I was in school, and wish I could have done something to stop them.

May you merit to feel true justice and mercy this coming Rosh Hashanah.

Meir


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53. Selach Lanu Ki Chatanu     9/16/12 - 9:58 AM
Harry Maryles - Chicago - hmaryles@yahoo.com

Words fail me. I don't know that words are anywhere near enough to express my sorrow for what survivors of abuse have gone through.

At this time of year I can only wish that you all get the healing that you need and that the community wakes up to the way you have been mistreated.

I pray for your forgiveness in not doing enough to ease your pain.

There was one response on my blog where I cross posted this message. It was made by a commenter that obviously feels the pain of rejection. His name is "Unwanted". I believe his comment says it all.


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54.     9/16/12 - 11:08 AM
Henoch Meesner - Monsey, NY

I wish you all a year that brings peace of mind from the trauma you suffer from, and the continued anguish at seeing the enablers continue their evil work.

May this be a year of seeing an end to the abuse that has been allowed to go on for much too long. Stay strong and Shana Tova to all.


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55. Shana Tova     9/16/12 - 11:13 AM
Avi - Queens

We all truly support you and care for you. May Hashem bless you with the greatest blessings, and answer all of your prayers.

Best Wishes.


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56. A great way to Support Victims     9/16/12 - 1:15 PM
Sherree Belsky

A great way to support victims is to come to court when the abusers go to trial. It doesn't matter who the victim is. If you know a molester is on trial do your best to be there and bring your friends. The DA needs to see that people show up and are watching him. The molester and his supporters need to see frum Jews across the spectrum show up to see who is supporting him! There is power in numbers. The more people that show up in support of the victims the louder the message becomes!


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57.     9/16/12 - 5:33 PM
Sarah Schwartz - Passaic, NJ

To all the courageous survivors who may be reading - we hear you and we stand with you. May you be blessed with a year of healing and renewal.


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58. Wishing a Gemar Chasima Tova     9/18/12 - 10:28 PM
Gitty - Toronto

Wishing you a Gemar Chasima Tova with a year of revealed blessings and healing.


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59. A git gezunt yur to all of you     9/18/12 - 11:56 PM
Ruth Berkovits - Brooklyn NY - petiteruth222@yahoo.com

To all the victims of abuse and terror,

May the Eibishter give you strength and nachas ruach that we support you.

A git gezunt yur to all of you and your families.

Yasher koach Rabbi Horowitz. May HaShem grant you and your family a git gezunt yur.

By the way, Rabbi Eli Teitelbaum Zt'l must be looking down on you from Shamayim because he used to educate his talimidim about abuse.


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60.     9/19/12 - 6:30 AM
Anonymous

From Jerusalem we send you all our hopes for a better year than the last one. May you be strengthened by this outpouring of support and not be debilitated by the failure of your community to stand by you.


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61.     9/19/12 - 12:32 PM
Debbie Tulkoff - Rehovot, Israel

To all our precious neshamas,

We cry with you, hope with you, pray with you and rejoice every step you take toward healing and living the full, happy lives you deserve. We stand behind you in your courageous fight to see justice brought and children protected. May you be blessed with peace, love and support from others and self love this coming year.

Our prayers are with you, Debbie


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62. with love and respect     9/20/12 - 1:18 PM
Shmuel Silberman

You survivors have much to teach us. You remind us that the world around us, including the Jewish world, is not what we think. You teach us that we have to live up to our responsibility to protect and support victims. You are the most powerful example of perseverance - to continue when continuing feels impossible. You did not ask for the job of inspiring us, but thank you for doing so.

G'mar Chasima Tova


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63. A Gut Gebentchede Yuhr     9/20/12 - 6:09 PM
Yehudah Buchwalter - Baltimore/MD - yehudahbuchwalter@gmail.com

To all survivors, Have a healthy and happy new year. We are here to support you. Stretch out your hand so we may help you.

Thank you Rabbi Horowitz for all your help. Look forward to seeing you again in the shteibel.


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64. G'mar Chasima Tova     9/22/12 - 7:42 PM
Leah - London, England

I can't begin to imagine the terror and horror you have lived through, and continue having to live through, by the public torment and humilition you suffer when you try and bring the perpetrator of this evil to justice. I hope you know, really know, that there is a world of people out there caring about you, feeling for you, amazed by you and davening for you that you should have the strength to persist in your battle for justice and for ridding society of this menace. It is only because of you and others like you that the world can be a safer place for future generations. How great you are that in your time of deep tza'ar you fight so vigorously for a better world for others. May Hashem help you overcome and move forward to a fulfilling positive life full of the brochos you so richly deserve. G'mar chasima tova.


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65.     9/22/12 - 10:37 PM
rabbi yehuda levin - bklyn ,ny

may Hashem heal you all totally, keep you strong & give you the strength to keep religious despite the hell you have been through.

may you/we be zocheh to see the abusers publicized & stopped. gmar chasima tova to you , your families & clal yisroel.


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66. Wishing you all a Gemar Chasima Tovah     9/23/12 - 2:57 PM
Eliezer - Jerusalem

May this year be the year that Hashem wipes the tears from off your faces, May this be the year that HE takes all of your abusers down to the Sheol Tchtis -the depths of hell- together with all who covered up for them and ignored your pain, May this be the year that HE gathers us all to his house in Jerusalem for the Geula Shlaima. Wishing You All a Ge'mar Chasima Tova and Eagerly awaiting for the True Justice


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67.     10/4/12 - 9:03 AM
Anonymous

Good Moed:

As Rabbi Finkel taught many of my fellow survivors: we say in Ledovid Hashem Ori, "For my father and mother have abandoned me and Hashem shall pick me up". This means that Hashem will always take care of us even when we think there is no one there. Even if the community abandons you, you have just been given the greatest parent to take care of you; Hashem.

Stay strong the good days will be back!

Nate from Chicago


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68.     10/2/13 - 11:07 AM
Yoin9 - Montreal

Amen

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