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Stand With the Re-victimized Victim
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

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11/26/12

From: “Predators: Who They Are, How They Operate,

and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children”

By: Anna c. Salter, Ph.D.

Ø It is perhaps not surprising that predators who have never been arrested are so successful in fooling people. They simply take on the lifestyle and manner of genuinely nice people, and it is understandable, if tragic, that we can’t tell the difference.[1]

Ø It is a misconception that child molesters are somehow different from the rest of us, outside their proclivities to molest. They can be loyal friends, good employees, and responsible members of the community in other ways.[2]

Ø Offender self-reports have dubious validity, especially when the offender’s self-interest is at stake. The only rule for deception in sex offenders I have ever found is this: If it is in the offender’s best interest to lie, and if he can do it and not get caught, he will lie.[3]

Stand With the Re-victimized Victim

Report from the courtroom:

It was encouraging to see the Kings County Supreme Court courtroom where Nechemya Weberman's trial began today filled with supporters of the alleged survivor of his abuse, and only a handful of people in Weberman's corner. The tide is turning and this bodes well for the future of our children and our community.

Weberman stands accused of unspeakable crimes and faces a possible long-term prison sentence, and as such he would be well served to defend himself vigorously. Having said that, the opening remarks of his high-priced lawyer were malicious and malevolent and were simple character assassination -- motzei shem ra at the highest level. Listening to it with the ears of a frum person, it certainly seemed like an attempt to destroy her spirit and break her will even before she takes the stand.

This is a textbook example of a predator who first grooms the most vulnerable victim and then proceeds to undermining her credibility in every way.

One would have hoped that a person who dresses in the garb of a Cchassidishe Yid -- one who claims to have been working to improve the spiritual lives of at-risk teens for decades -- would manage to defend himself without stooping to such reprehensible methods. But sadly, this does not seem to be the case. One would also wonder on whose P’sak he relies to defend himself in this manner?

My Dear Readers:

I respectfully ask that you post a comment on the bottom of this thread commending our alleged victim and her family on their bravery in coming forward, and wishing her well when she faces the grueling cross-examination from the smooth-talking hired gun who will attempt to destroy her spirit and credibility. Please post your real name and the city where you live as you proudly and fearlessly stand with the victim.

If you live and/or work in the NYC area, please consider attending the trial, even if you can only come for a short period of time. Quite a few people came on their lunch breaks today and their presence mattered. Tomorrow, Tuesday, is a very important day, as in all likelihood, the victim and her mother may be called to testify. Trial is in session from 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and then from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. (Kings County New York State Supreme Court, 320 Jay Street, 20th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 in front of Judge John G. Ingram.)

Kindly take a moment to pass this email and link along to your lists and social media connections. The young woman may take the stand as early as tomorrow, so please let's get moving on this.

Judging from the positive responses I received from family members today thanking our readers for posting words of support and Bracha over the past two years, I can assure you that each and every one of your posts are read and re-read by these family members and by abuse survivors worldwide who are greatly comforted by your words.

Thank you kindly, and may we merit to rid our streets, schools and kehilos of those who would prey on our innocent children.

Yakov



[1] Salter, Anna C. (2003) Predators, Pedophiles, Rapists, and other Sex Offenders.New York. Basic Books. P.139

[2] Ibid., p. 47

[3] Ibid., p. 73



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1. We are here for you     11/26/12 - 6:56 PM
Chaim Saperstsein - Monsey

Those of us who find it impossible to be there tomorrow hope that you stand strong, knowing that thousands of us are standing with you.


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2. We all care.     11/26/12 - 7:17 PM
david teitelbaum - brooklyn - sdeichemed@gmail.com

Honestly, I don't get it. I don't know anyone in the frum world that doesn't want to see a child abuser go to jail and yet there are no crowds of support for these victims. There is no logic to it, other than people and rabbis are afraid of what others will say if they go against the tide, even if the alternative means we will drown. Well, at least Rabbi Horowitz isn't. The most we can do is post a comment of reassurance that justice will happen.


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3.     11/26/12 - 7:58 PM
David Barg - Monsey, NY

I signed up as an NCSY advisor years ago and was in a position to work with teenage boys and girls. The first instruction I was given was to never put myself in a situation where there could be an allegation that I had misbehaved in any way. These instructions protect the teenagers as well as the adults who are involved in their lives.

If "Rabbi" Weberman had followed these rules, and basic Halacha, he would have never been in a position to hurt anyone. But it appears that his intention was to be in a position to victimize innocent people. I am sorry he did.


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4. Admire your courage     11/26/12 - 7:58 PM
Leah Mark - Jerusalem

Your stance on behalf of the victims of abuse is enormously impressive. Hopefully, it will inspire those such as the victim in this case to stand fast and surmount the horrendous assaults launched on behalf of this predator and others of similar ilk.


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5. We are here and we thank you     11/26/12 - 8:08 PM
Raizy Blau - Brooklyn/NY - Raizy100@gmail.com

We are with you as you take strength and courage to face this horrible creature who hurt you. The community stands behind you and we THANK YOU for your bravery in coming forward to save a generation of children and adults who may be too afraid to do what you are doing. May Hashem give you koach to emerge stronger and go from chayil to chayil. Thank you for showing others the right thing to do. We are here


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6. We are davening for your Yeshua- May Ha-shem give you strength to stand up through all of this tormenting !     11/26/12 - 8:16 PM
Rosenwasser Family - Airmont ,NY

May you be given the stregth from the one Above to withstand the immense tests you are being put thru. "Ha-shem sifasai tiftach"....may you speak all that you need,...and then be able to praise Ha-shem for His allowing you to succeed.. "Ufi Yagid Tehilasecha." OUR tephillos are with you - even though we can not be there and say tehillim in the courtroom !


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7. You have our full support!     11/26/12 - 8:21 PM
Davii Mandel - Spring Valley - daviimandel@Yahoo.com

Our whole family is totally behind you. We got a tiny taste of what you've been through when a couple of our family members were threatened anonymously, regarding our support of your case online. We won't give up! All child molesters have to be dragged kicking and screaming out of the closet, exposed and brought to justice.

We have enormous respect for your courage to see this through. It will get tough, but try to take strength from the fact that you are doing the right thing and so many people are on your side and believe in you. Hatzlocha!!


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8.     11/26/12 - 8:25 PM
ST F. - Bklyn,NY

We all stand behind you and support your courage in the face of such inhumanity. Chizku v'imtzu- Thank you


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9. Thank you from the bottom of my heart     11/26/12 - 8:33 PM
Aviva Biberfeld - Brooklyn, NY

As a therapist i have seen the awful devastation sexual abuse leaves. For you and your family to come forward and go thru with the trial-incredible bravery and courage. i am not able to come in person,but i am with you in spirit-davenning that you should have the strength you need and that your brave example should save countless other ptential 'victims'.


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10. Wish I could be there in person!     11/26/12 - 8:40 PM
mendel singer - Cleveland, OH

I'm in Cleveland and sorry I cannot be there to support you in person. You are doing a great service to Klal Yisroel - and great community service often comes at a high personal price. Thank you for your amazing and continued courage. Wishing you chazak v'ematz through this torturous process.


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11. We stand with you!     11/26/12 - 8:41 PM
Leah Paley - Richmond, VA - K_Laydee@yahoo.com

You are not alone!!! I read your story and I am horrified at what you are going through. No one should have to face this. Please know that we are with you in spirit, since we can not be with you in person. Keep up your spirits. You are doing what is right.

We are very proud of you for being so courageous. You are a heroine to us, a modern day Yocheved. Go and conquer the forces of evil. Hashem should bless you with only revealed goodness from now on.


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12. Kol hakavod     11/26/12 - 8:48 PM
Rivka Iacullo - Atlanta, GA

You are doing something brave and necessary, for which I thank you on behalf of my own dear children.


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13. Thank you!     11/26/12 - 9:01 PM
Y. Schlussel - Milwaukee, WI

We are all so sorry you have been through such challenges, but we thank you for standing up and trying to bring justice. We are truly grateful.


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14.     11/26/12 - 9:05 PM
Rabbi Yehoshua Kaganoff - Passaic, NJ

I am inspired & in awe of your bravery & courage to face your perpetrator. Keep uppermost in your mind that Justice will prevail. Stand your ground firmly against the lawyer/bully who will seek to undermine you. DO NOT FEAR HIM!! Emes sits on very firm foundations; Sheker Ain lo Raglayim. He has nothing to stand on. My tefillos are with you.


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15. With you in spirit     11/26/12 - 9:10 PM
Lisa Mifsud - Southfield, MI

Stay strong - may Gd give you the koach to hold true and strong to the truth - and I pray that the judge can and will be given eyes to see the truth and to be a shaliach for exacting justice - as much as can be meted out in this world, in any case. He will get his - please Gd in this courtroom, as well as the Heavenly one. Don't forget what you know. Don't let him or his hired gun let you forget what you know. I am with you in spirit and solidarity - our support, our prayers, our wishes are with you. Stay true to you


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16. Chazak v'amatz     11/26/12 - 9:13 PM
Kreina Staal - Chicago

I don't know you but if I lived a wee bit closer, I would be there for you tomorrow, among all your other supporters, showing my support and seeing your strength as you face this most difficult situation. Hashem help you keep strong now and always.


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17. Chazki v'amtzi- stay strong!     11/26/12 - 9:14 PM
Nadav Family - Monsey, NY

We have been following your case with utmost amazement at your ability to do the right thing even if it means additional pain after all you've gone through. We are aware that you are doing this for all of us, even more than for yourself. What you are doing demonstrates such strength of character!

Don't allow them to convince you of their lies or the way they slant things. They know how to put things to make anyone sound bad. You are not at fault and whatever they say about you should just be seen as their desperation.

You are obviously a truly strong person inside, no matter how you may feel. We are so grateful for what you are doing.

Tune them out. Don't let their words penetrate. And know that we're all here with you.

We owe you tremendous hakaras hatov!


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18. May G-d continue to give you strength     11/26/12 - 9:21 PM
(Rabbi) Kenneth Auman - Brooklyn, NY - kjauman@verizon.net

Your courage should be an inspiration to the many victims who have been intimidated into remaining silent. Today's daf yomi teaches us that one who has the ability to protest and prevent sinful behavior and does not do so is considered to have participated in that sin. Your actions will hopefully result in the eradication of some of this sinful behavior which is an ugly stain on the Jewish community. May G-d give you strength to continue to always do what is right even when it is not easy.


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19. Thank You     11/26/12 - 9:25 PM
Susannah Greenberg - Passaic, NJ

Thank you for standing up to the immense pressure and protecting so many other children.


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20. Hashem Be With You     11/26/12 - 9:32 PM
Deborah Smith - Monsey, NY

Thank you for your bravery in coming forward and testifying. Our hearts and tfillos are with you and your family. And thank you, Rabbi Horowitz for continuing the fight against abuse in our community. Only by flushing out the perpetrators and bringing them to justice can we hope to eradicate this horrible scourge.


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21.     11/26/12 - 9:45 PM
Yael Abadi - New Haven, CT

You are an inspiration. May Hashem bless you and keep you strong.


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22. Happy to have been there     11/26/12 - 9:45 PM
Sherree Belsky - Lawrence

I was so happy that I was at the trial today to stare down both the defendant and his support team. I must say that for a supposedly frum chassidic man who is portrayed as the "victim" here and the one who follows the rules and is above reproach, he could have asked his attorney to dress more conservatively, hmmm, more tzniusidkly for the trial, especially since he had to sit next to her. Funny that didn't seem to bother him......Can you spell "pritzus"?

Since the defense was asking all kinds of questions regarding the propriety of the victim's actions vis a vis her conduct and tznius, let me ask this in regard to the defendant, how appropriate is it for a chassidic Satmar man to sit "thisclose" to a woman whose arms are naked? Again, for hours?

Here is another question, what kind of "modest" tznius man puts his wife and son, not to mention his sisters through the humiliation of such a trial? What frum "modest" man allows them to sit in the courtroom when such graphic and detailed accusations are recounted about him? Nebech his wife had to run out. What "modest" man allows such disgusting and degrading accusations to be made on a young vulnerable women and her family?

One can easily realize why as my mother a"h would say "ehr hut tzich tzu geclebt tzu de mishpacha". They are a handsome family indeed. One just need to look at his plain edel wife (no insult intended, she is a fine refined woman) and see the difference in this group, the excitement he must have craved, the challenge he faced. Why was the defense discussing how hard it was for this young girl to follow the rules of this strict environment when the discussion really needed to be how difficult it was for the defendant to follow the strict rules placed upon him in this very strict and religious environment. It was HE who had a hunger and desire for the forbidden, and it was he who couldn't control it.

It was utter and sheer chutzpah of the defense to paint this fairytale fantasy of the young victim and "the love of her life". It was all I could do to keep from bursting out in laughter!!! I am a mother and grandmother, and I can understand when someone says that a teen was infatuated with another but to call it "love" and to keep repeating that for a 15 year old it was the "love of her life", I began to believe that he was either overdosing on soap operas, romance novels or both.

The women on the jury weren't buying it and the men looked bored. Most of them had their eyes closed, they were tired of his tirade. Anyone who knows the victim knows that she is a tiny little slip of a girl. Anyone who can see the defendant knows that he is a big man. There is no comparison in size, and the defense is making her out to be a tyrant that has brought this guy down to his knees. Halevai, if only.

I am NOT buying any of it. Not one word out of the defense's speech is believable to me. Firstly, lets start off with this. A counselor of any gender can refer any client to someone more appropriate to deal with that client. Even if the parents insist, and most especially if the parents and the counselor are connected in any way. That is what most people would call a "conflict of interest". Most counselors would immediately say, "I am too close to the family, it is NOT a good idea, I could NOT be impartial in my assessment, she would do better with someone outside the circle of friends and family".

So that's number one, right off the bat. Number two is the very obvious, which is "She would be better off, and it would be much more appropriate for her to have a female counselor, if not the guidance counselor in the school, then maybe they can recommend someone outside the school, or maybe I can find someone for her. It will not help her reputation or her issues at the moment if a male counsels her"

And number three would be discussing the issue of Yichud and why counseling her would not work out for that reason alone. But none of these issues seem to bother Weberman, because his goal was to get the victim alone with him.

This, as the other poster wrote, is simple basics. I myself am a Life Coach. I had a chassidic couple who I was counseling. The husband wanted to come in to talk to me. I told him he can come speak to me but he has to bring his wife since my husband wasn't home and he can't come to my home alone, that would be inappropriate. I am NOT chassidish and I had the common sense to tell him that. It doesn't take a Talmid Chochum to understand that this is inappropriate.

Furthermore, my friend who said she went to meet Yegen at Weberman's office told me there is a hi-riser in there. If he is a "counselor" or he uses that room as an office, or for spiritual guidance, why does it have a bed in it? Isn't that inappropriate? That is way, way off base. No counselor, worth their title, counsels anyone in a bedroom. That is just soooooooo wrong on so many levels. So no matter how many times the defense asks is it still Yichud if the wife and children are in the next room, Yes, Yes and Yes, especially if it is a bedroom! What a question.

We had a good laugh when the defense tried to bring in the issue of volumes of Heterim for Yichud such as for Giluy Arayos. He asked wouldn't Yichud be appropriate in that case. The Rabbi/Professor who was the expert witness on the stand had such a shocked look on his face and didn't know what to answer, he said something like it would probably be impossible without Yichud but it is still inappropriate after all that is one of the big three NO NO's (commandments.) It only showed what an "am haaretz" he was as was the client who guided him.

This whole three ring circus reminded me of the Weingarten trial and what a fool he made of himself in front of the court. Hang on to your hats folks because I believe we are about to see a repeat performance! The defense is NOT defending his client, he is turning the tables and putting the victim on trial here. This is a strategy many guilty people use. "the best defense is a good offense", blame the victim and push as hard as you can.

Well, I am here to tell you that I believe the victim in this case. I have heard that others have come forward and we will just have to take it one day and a time and see who has as much courage as this young lady to publicly and bravely face their abuser.


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23. Stand strong     11/26/12 - 9:46 PM
Rivka Johnson - Melbourne

You are so brave for coming this far. What you are doing is so courageous and will protect many other children, in Williamsburg and around the Jewish world. Hashem will give you the strength to bear the trial and the malicious and aggressive defense. Don't give up and justice will be served. Hashem knows the truth, and we back you fully. Remember the shame belongs to the perpetrator, not the victim.


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24.     11/26/12 - 9:49 PM
haviva braun - monsey ny

what incredible strength! i am inspired by and stand with you.


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25. Hashem yeracheim!     11/26/12 - 9:53 PM
Fay Singer - Brooklyn, NY - fay4931@gmail.com

I am utterly speechless at this turn of events! It is not your story but ours! It is mine, yours, his, and hers. You are not alone!! We stand behind you in full support! You are not crazy, did not ask for it, do not do anything to deserve it and are an innocent victim! When will we as a community stop the bologna and protect our children??? Rabbi Horowitz, I have so much respect for your unwavering stance! You are a beacon of light! May the truth prevail! May Hashem have mercy on his children and give you the strength that you need! I surely hope you know that you, represent many others who cannot or won't speak up! Be proud! Stay strong! Hashem is on your side! Be brave! Go girl! Knock em dead!!!


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26.     11/26/12 - 10:01 PM
ARON SCHWAB - DENVER - rays@denverkollel.org

Rabbi Horowitz, I have always been impressed with your work. The only way that anyone would be sticking out your neck the way you are is because you want to save innocent yiddishe kinder. i don't know any details of the cases that you are helping, but if you are helping them, i am there with you.

may Hashem protect every child from suffering, and may He give strength to those who are courageous enough to stand up in the face of those who molested them.


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27. Chazak- Stay strong!     11/26/12 - 10:03 PM
Dr. Jill Butler - Passaic, NJ

I admire your core strength to stand up not only for yourself but to prevent any potential future victims.

Always remember he will be punished far more harshly in the Heavenly Court than by the US Justice system.

Hatzlacha with your healing process.


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28. we are with you!     11/26/12 - 10:04 PM
Michele Miller - Denver

May Hashem give you the chizuk to tell your story, find justice, and may He comfort you always. We are davening for you!


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29. our hearts are with you     11/26/12 - 10:09 PM
Needleman family - Monsey NY

Be brave and strong,know that you stand not alone but with so many supporters applauding your courage. May Hashem give you comfort.


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30. Stay strong!     11/26/12 - 10:19 PM
Sholom Rothman - Jerusalem,Israel - Sheldon_Rothman@yahoo.com

I know that this trial will test your will and determination. Stay strong! You have many people around the world who are behind you and feel for you!


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31. I admire your courage     11/26/12 - 11:01 PM
Karen - Seattle, WA - Karen@Weisstein.net

May you, the victim, be empowered as you stand up and bear witness against horrible actions done to you and others, who have suffered. Thousands of us around the world are standing by you.

May G-d help you recover, and build on your amazing strengths. And may you be surrounded by people who treat you with kindness.


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32. H' Give You Strength!     11/26/12 - 11:03 PM
Shoshana Kaufman - University Hts/OH - Shoshamilla@sbcglobal.net

It is scary to stand in a courtroom & speak the unspeakable. When you don't feel brave is when you are actually being the bravest. We all know the truth & applaud you & your family for pursuing justice. We wish you a complete healing of your spirit.


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33. Stay strong!     11/26/12 - 11:09 PM
Phil - Baltimore, MD

Sorry I can't be there in person but I will be thinking of you. I'm in awe of your strength and courage, and hope that you will see justice done swiftly!


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34. Bas Yisrael     11/26/12 - 11:14 PM
Nacha Sara Leaf - Oak Park, MI

You are a Bas Yisrael, daughter of the King, and the one who robbed you of your purity must stand in true judgment. Hashem has given you the strength and courage to represent the many silent victims who were unable to do what you have been chosen to do. I have been following your story as it has unfolded, and the time has come for you to win the victory for yourself and the multitudes who have suffered abuse.

Do not underestimate the tremendous power you have just by speaking the truth, and the precedent you are establishing. No doubt you are a very special woman to be given this challenge--opportunity.

From one Jewish sister to another with love.....and remember what the Baal Shem Tov's father told him: "Do not fear anyone but G-d."


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35. Hazak!     11/26/12 - 11:17 PM
Fishel and Elianna Bresler - Providence, RI - fishelbresler@gmail.com

May Heaven bless you for your courage. You are fighting for the soul of the whole Jewish community. Please stay strong in the face of attack. We are with you.


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36.     11/26/12 - 11:20 PM
Chaim Twerski - Lincolnwood

For the sake of the many potential victims in the future be brave, fear not to speak the truth and do not falter in the face of a wily opponent. The truth will prevail and our frum society will be well served by your action.


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37. We are standing behind you in the Windy City!     11/26/12 - 11:26 PM
Chicagoan - Chicago, IL

To the vitim and her family: May hashem give you strength to face your accuser and put him away for good.

To Rabbi Horowitz: Please keep fighting the good fight! Yirbu Kamocha B'yisroel!


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38. Be Strong     11/26/12 - 11:41 PM
J. Lennon - Skokie, Illinois

I am impressed with your bravery. Continue to be strong in the knowledge that you are preventing future victims.


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39. kol hakavod     11/27/12 - 12:02 AM
chaya - chicago

i want to commend the victim on coming forth and for carrying through with this. wow, what strength of character. he tried to crush it but b'h you stood strong. keep up the good work - klal yisroel needs you!


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40. Chazak VeAmatz     11/27/12 - 12:13 AM
Draizel and Yisroel Strauss - New York, NY

Our hearts go out the victim and her family. We are in awe of your tremendous courage in facing this monster and exposing him. Any punishment he will get in human courts pales by what is awaiting him (and those who support his devience) in the Olam Ha'emes. You are a true Kiddush Hashem.


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41. I admire your courage. Keep strong.     11/27/12 - 12:14 AM
Sandy - Los Angeles


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42. You are not alone     11/27/12 - 12:19 AM
Nancy Havernick - Syracuse, NY

Victim, her family and her advocate should all be saluted. It is not easy to face someone who has caused you so much pain, but it is the brave and right thing to do. You should be encouraged by the out-pouring of support from people all around the country who admire your courage. May your bravery result in justice and the protection of many more children. Chazak.


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43. Stay strong!     11/27/12 - 12:27 AM
Yechezkel - Edison, NJ

You are fighting a community-wide battle and we are praying for your strength and success! Hatzlacha!


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44. kol hakavod     11/27/12 - 12:46 AM
Raquel May - Hispin

May Hashem bless you and keep you strong.


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45. we are with you     11/27/12 - 12:46 AM
Anonymous

We are with you, praying that the Almighty keeps you strong and motivated by knowing that you are doing the right thing for children and teens everywhere. With bleessings from Jerusalem,Mimi Jankovits


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46. We're with you... albeit without your courage.     11/27/12 - 1:01 AM
YTH - Williamsburg/NY

Just know that there are so many in this community who are proud of you and wish you the strength and courage in this painful journey.(but they are afraid... you know the wrath we face...)

But know this: we are behind you 100%! Don't ever let those sharks convince you that you were in any way at fault. Regardless of the circumstances - no child can be held accountable for their molestors actions! Remember that we love you and respect you and believe in you.

I pray that those ignorant intimidators in the community wake up and recognize the danger before it hits them too close to home. I wish the intimidation would stop and other victims would feel free to come forward and lighten your burden. It's unfair what you are going thru, unfair that you are going through this alone, and unfair that you are doing what others can and perhaps should.

And it's unfair of me too... to encourage you and support you, without having the courage to spell my name out. I'm not as strong as you.

Just know - you're doing the right thing.


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47. Hazak hazak     11/27/12 - 1:07 AM
Rachel Hershberg - Beit Shemesh, Israel

Suffering survivors, and families, please stay strong. The gradual removal of the cancer of abuse from our midst is so painful, and YOU are all the true heroes, because your bravery is paving the way for a better Clal Yisrael. Future generations will admire your courage and thank you for your pioneering. H' itchem. Rachel


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48.     11/27/12 - 1:40 AM
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - Irvine CA - Rabbic@bethjacobirvine.org

Our thoughts and Tfilos are with you during this horrific ordeal. May you have the continued courage and strength to ensure that others will not have to suffer the way that you did. There is a very special place in Gan Eden for people like you.


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49. All strength!     11/27/12 - 2:31 AM
Shaul Behr - Beit Shemesh, Israel

We're pulling for you! May Hashem give you strength and success!


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50. Chazak chazak v'nischazeik     11/27/12 - 2:53 AM
Abbish Rand - Yerushalayim - rabbiabbish@gmail.com

If I had the wherewithal, I'd be on a plane to show my support in person. In lieu of that, our tefillos are with the defendant from afar that she have the koach to see this through and succeed in raising the much needed awareness, however the trial goes. Yasher koach to Rabbi Horowitz for standing strong.


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51. Stay strong!     11/27/12 - 3:15 AM
Miriam Eri - Ramat Bet Shemesh

We, as countless of others support you in this ordeal. Stay strong! You are doing the right thing for yourself and for all the other children! Thank you, Rabbi Horowitz for bravely standing up against abuse!


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52. We Stand Behind You     11/27/12 - 3:23 AM
Hindy Bryks - Ramat Beit Shemesh

The community stands behind you and will support you in your efforts to eradicate evil from within our midst. We commend you and thank you for your bravery. May you enjoy lots of bracha and hatzlocha.


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53. Miss Brave Fighter and Family - saty strong!!!!     11/27/12 - 3:25 AM
MS - RBS A Israel

Dear Miss Brave Fighter and family, We just want you to know that the whole Jewish world is following your trial and stands behind you. Yes, hundreds of thousands of yidden who are totally sickened and frustrated by the fact that perpetrators are always protected and victims further abused by the very people who they relied on to protect them. We all want to see Weberman and the likes of him (unfortunately too many) locked away for life. We all want to know that our children are safe and that the perpetrators are the ones who need to run for their lives. Be strong and do not let the witch of a defendant lawyer intimidate you with all her false accusations. You are fighting a fight for the whole klal yisroel. Chizki Veimzi!!!!! With are with you all the way.


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54. indebted     11/27/12 - 3:48 AM
Avrohom Hertz - Yerushalaim

Thank you. I know that our society institutes a huge social cost for what you are doing. At the same time, in addition to the benefit of being true to yourself, dover emes b'lvovo, the ??? for making a genuine change in Klal Yisroel is beyond comprehension. IY"H the next survivor to come forward will pay less until we can as a community cherish our survivors. The least I could do is pay my social cost by signing my real name in support and appreciation.

Thank you for making Klal Yisroel a bit safer for my children.


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55. Compliments , thoughts and support     11/27/12 - 4:01 AM
Patricia Gleason - California - patriciaglea@yahoo.com

Many people , as this happens to males as well , are too ashamed to even speak of events like this happening to them. Brava for being a woman who stands tall and strong. You have put yourself first and it is important to remember to do that always. You are #1. I would like you to remember that this has been brought to the attention of people worldwide and that person whose name shall no be mentioned , but his picture is everywhere is now known. Unfortunately parishioners trust their religious leaders far too much and incidents like yours happen far too often. And I don't think anyone is on his side , they support you.

I don't mean to sadden you , but I found this quote that I feel is how you feel. In the meantime , please stand strong and don't back down , don't weaken. I send you all the best.

Just because her eyes don't tear , doesn't mean her heart doesn't cry. And just because she comes off strong , doesn't mean there's nothing wrong.

Blessings and strength to you.


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56. Stand Tall and Proud!!     11/27/12 - 5:18 AM
Julie - Los Angeles

As you face this most tremendous challenge of your life, stand tall and proud knowing you have the support, love and respect of every caring and aware parent, children and neshamas yet to be born into Klal Yisroel!! Just as other Jewesses historically have been placed in harms way, this is one of the biggest tests of our generation and you my dear are our true Macabee Heroine!! You can do this and we are holding you in our hearts and in our tefillos to keep you strong and stand by you knowing that you will come out victorious just by doing the right thing in Hashems eyes and for paving the way for others to finally say ENOUGH!! Its time to stand up and fight back in order to turn the tides of this aweful abuse in our communities. I have so much admiration for you!! You may never actually know how many countless people will benefit from your fortitude and how it will "ripple" throughout many communities far and wide so others will know that they can fight back, stand up and be proud too!! Rabbi Horowitz, You are a true pioneer and have my deep admiration for standing up and leading the way hand in hand with this young lady and her family and many others in our communities. May Hashem bless you all with continued strength and clarity.


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57. Thank you - you ar not alone     11/27/12 - 5:50 AM
Yair Spolter - Modiin Illit

To the victim of Weberman's abuse:

Thank you for standing strong, for putting yourself forward and testifying, for the sake of all other yiddishe kinder. What you are doing will help others stand up to abuse and will deter other abusers from committing these atrocities.

When you sit there in the courtroom you are not alone. We all sit there with you, rooting you on. May Hashem protect you and reward you for your courage with a bright, happy, and meaningful future.


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58.     11/27/12 - 6:08 AM
michael rosenberg - brooklyn - msrrealty@yahoo.com

DOWN WITH THE TALIBAN,LIKE RABBI AUMAN SAID,WE ARE NOT SILENT!


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59. Kol Hakavod and Be Strong!     11/27/12 - 7:12 AM
Adler Family - Bergenfield, NJ

We applaud you and your family for the strength and determination to stand up against this perpetrator! Our prayers are with you.

May Hashem give you much hatzlocha, bracha and the ability to heal and enjoy a normal life.


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60. Stand strong ...     11/27/12 - 8:03 AM
Jared S.

Stand strong if you are right.

Sorry in advance but I do not understand, no offense meant. I assume Rabbi Horowitz knows who he is backing and I do not know any details here. I am just asking, there are 2 sides here, how should I, as a reader of this forum, know that the girl is right and the guy is wrong? Even if he violated hilchot yichud, does that tell us that she is (theoretically) not making up her accusations? I will not get into details because I do not know anything or anyone in this case, but there can be motives to do so. I am not chas veshalom accusing her of being a liar and at the same time not accusing him. If he is not a righteous guy, is she a righteous girl? What gives? Sorry again, I am sure some of you will be boiling mad at this but I would really like to know. I do not condone anyone threatening a victim or trying to bribe etc. Thanks in advance! May the court bring justice.


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61. recommended     11/27/12 - 8:07 AM
Jared S.

I want to agree to what a poster said here about counselors, guidance should never be done in a situation where wrongdoing OR accusations make happen. I have heard guidance from another great defender of abuse victims that even men guiding males should not be in a secluded setting for the above reason. Hashem Yishmor!


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62. We stand with you!     11/27/12 - 8:40 AM
Francey Cohen - Massachusetts

While we are not able to be in New York to attend the trial, we are with you in every other way possible. To you and those in your family who have found their way to stand strong with you, we join in wishing a speedy and just outcome to this trial.


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63. We Are With You!     11/27/12 - 9:07 AM
Yanky Adler - Queens, NY

As a fellow Jew, I would like to thank you for your bravery. I couldn't even imagine what strength you must have to be able to fight back against this man. Think of all the children who he would have kept molesting for years to come if you hadn't stepped forward. Although I'm sure it is very painful for you to hear his attorney performing great feats of legal acrobatics to try and acquit his client, just keep in mind that you are saving MANY neshamos from being subjected to the same pain that you suffered at his hands.

Additionally, I hope that you become an inspiration for others to speak out against their abusers. And I hope that other victims see that there are many in the frum world who will stand proudly with the victims of abuse and will not try to keep things quiet for the supposed sake of the community at the cost of children's lives.

Again, I thank you for taking the brave step in making this world safer for my children, and all the children of klal yisrael.


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64. Thank you     11/27/12 - 9:39 AM
Anonymous - Merion, PA

Thank you so much for your courage to come forward and testify, ensuring that other children will be kept safe. We're thinking about you and support you.


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65. thank you for being brave     11/27/12 - 9:46 AM
Anonymous

I am so sorry what has happened to you and your family,keeping you continually in our prayer that your wounds would be healed and that justice will be served.Thank you also for being brave, love yesod


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66. May HaShem strengthen and protect you     11/27/12 - 9:46 AM
Amy Smith - Cleveland,Ohio

What an amazing young woman, to turn pain into an attempt to help others, to protect others from this particular predator and to be a beacon of hope and inspiration to other victims who have not yet found your voice. Our community will only be built up and increased by your efforts to remove a rodef from our midst. May your sacrifice and your suffering be turned into only good for you in the future.


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67. Hatzlacha     11/27/12 - 9:48 AM
KZ - Brooklyn

! Yasher Koach for your bravery and for preventing horrors like this from hopefully ever happening again to Anyone,chalila. I'm so sorry you ever went thru it, have to re live it via a trial, and have to endure sounding like a 'liar' and whatever else the Chotim upon Chotim have the chutzpah to be doing to you now. We all know the Emes prevails at the end..... I hope the End comes soon and with not so much difficulty!


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68. We are with you!     11/27/12 - 9:49 AM
Lana Schechter - Brooklyn, NY

You are very brave for standing up to your abuser. May Hashem continue to give you chizuk and may you be matzliach in your difficult battle.


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69. Chazak, chazak     11/27/12 - 10:00 AM
Elliot Pasik - Long Beach - efpasik@aol.com

Hello, Survivor, you follow in the footsteps of the Imahos. Chazak, chazak.


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70. Stay strong     11/27/12 - 10:02 AM
Harry Maryles - Chicago

The Torah of Israel is with the victim. G-d will not take lightly the evil perpetrated by the likes of a Rasha like Weberman.

Stay strong and true. Do not waver in your resolve to see this through to the end. Don't let the lies hurled about you get in the way of the truth. Don't let it deter you.

The truth will then prevail and Weberman will get the justice he deserves in both this world - and certainly the next!

If you are successful here, you will not only be helping your own cause. You will be helping the cause other victims - both past and present (and G-d forbid future victims) but you will be helping the cause of the entirety of the Jewish people.


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71. Ya'asher Koach, may you be strengthened above adversity     11/27/12 - 10:04 AM
Meir Traube - Staten Island - milhouset@gmail.com

Thank you for standing up for what is right, and having the courage to stop such a horrible thing from continuing to be perpetrated, even while facing attacks upon yourselves. you are an example for all people in the fight for true morality and religiousity against the crooked and crazy.


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72. We support and believe you!     11/27/12 - 10:30 AM
Mindy - New York

To the survivor:

Thank you so much for being a Hero for so many other survivors who are not as strong as you! Know that it takes so much strenth and courage to stand up and face your abuser when all he wants to do is discredit and mentaly abuse you again. Stay strong for all of us! We support and believe you! Thank you!


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73. Don't give up - fight until the end!     11/27/12 - 10:38 AM
Eva Yelloz - Sherman Oaks, CA - eva.yelloz@gmail.com

I write for a facility in Israel that houses many young girls who come from dysfunctional homes where they have been abandoned, abused and neglected. Those girls who were sexually abused suffer the most. They often believe that they are at fault and it is so difficult for them to come to terms with the fact that they are victims.

The only way to go forward with your life, is to stand up to this molester, and not to buckle under any pressure. Be honest, stay true to your beliefs, and fight with the help of Hashem, your family and all those who support you.

Righteousness will overcome evil. Be patient - be strong!


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74. We stand for Justice     11/27/12 - 10:47 AM
Binumin - Boro Park

I just do not understand how there are so many negative exposure on the accused before he was found guilty. I dont know the truth till the jury will fing him guilty. How can we accuse him of wrong doing before we even heard testimony. I am not a talmid chuchim and dont know the laws of loshon hora or motze shem ra before a person was found guilty.

What Rabbi Horowitz claims that other 4 young women came forward and claimed they were molested also has no credibility only if they were cross examined by attorneys and found to say the truth. Why cant we wait for the outcome of this trial..


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75. Stay strong! Klal Yisroel is with you!     11/27/12 - 11:00 AM
Miriam - Miami

Know that you are a hero. You are so brave and klal Yisroel is standing with you. HKB"H has given you this awesome nisayon. Your neshama is a very special one to be given this awesome task. I hurt for you for all you have been through. I applaud you. Stay strong!


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76. We support you!     11/27/12 - 11:04 AM
Dana - Milwaukee, WI

Those of us following your story have been inspired and moved by your courage. We thank you for doing what you are doing in order to protect the well-being of others and stand by you from around the Jewish world. May you have strength to withstand this difficult time and the ability to feel the love and support from your extended family - acheinu bnei yisroel.

Thank you also to Rabbi Horowitz for all that you do for our children and our families.


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77. Chazak V'Ematz     11/27/12 - 11:10 AM
Eli Stern - New York

Keep strong and know that the silent majority of the Jewish people is behind you in eradicating this evil from our midst.


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78. Stay strong     11/27/12 - 11:25 AM
Sarah Schwartz

May Hashem continue to give you courage to withstand the terrible ordeal of this trial. You are an inspiration to us all. We stand with you.


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79.     11/27/12 - 11:33 AM
Mordecai - Tessler

Your courage in standing up to your abuser gives all victims the inspiration to do the same. This will put fear in the minds of other molesters that people will stand up to them and the community will stand with their victims no matter who the molesters are.

Sheker has no legs, the emes of what you are saying will prevail.


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80. You Are Not A Victim.....You Are A Heroine!!!     11/27/12 - 11:34 AM
Shalom Yona Weis - Woodmere, NY - sethweis123@gmail.com

First of all, I would like to let you know that most normal, healthy functioning Jews are behind you and support you 100%. We are praying for you and are in awe of your inner strength and urge you to continue your fight against all who try to drag you down in this world. This man (I use the term loosely) is nothing more than an animal with a beard. I mean that quite literally! No matter what happens in this trial, that will always be the facts and he will have to pay for his beastly acts one way or another, in this or world or the next. Don't let whatever happens in that court define you. Your brave and courageous actions is who you really are! Who knows how many hundreds, perhaps thousands of other girls in similar situations are getting comfort and strength from you. I hope this gives you koach to move forward and build the beautiful, happy, healthy and love filled life you deserve!


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81. We are with you     11/27/12 - 11:36 AM
Ariel Marinelli - Chicago - arimarinelli83@yahoo.com

The Jews that truly stand for truth and justice are with you. Never mind those that are against you. They are spineless and their opinion is worthless. The ones that count are with you.


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82. Binumin     11/27/12 - 11:49 AM
Sherree Belsky - Lawrence

You come here to Rabbi Horowitz's blog and you have the nerve to say imply that Rabbi Horowitz himself, does not have the brains and the knowledge as a Rav to question these victims and determine if they are telling the truth???? Seriously????? Nonsense!!! They do NOT have to be questioned by the court or attorneys to determine whether or not they are telling the truth. If I were to come in to the Rabbi and tell him my age, would he not at least ask me the year that I were born?

There is no logic in what you have written, please try and use some common sense. Although this is a very sensitive issue, the Rabbi has the knowledge, experience and sensitivity to ask the appropriate questions.


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83. I stand in awe ...     11/27/12 - 12:01 PM
RMC ha Kohan

I stand in awe that this young girl and her loyal husband find the strength to stand up to the tyrannical, corrupt, abusive powers in Williamsburg, kol ha kavod for standing up for justice against this pig of a man.

The people who rushed to support him and raised money for his defense and attempted bribery, the men and women who threaten her supporters with destroying their business, expelling their children from schools and shunning them from the community will answer to Ha’shem for their sins are as bad as Weberman. It is exactly the same as if you held this poor 12 year old girl down while this 50 year old man forced himself on her. Shame on you, shame on your house, shame on your family.

For the people who brave the community’s threats and actions and come to court, speak out and support the victim, you are doing the right thing – kol ha kavod.

To those who fail to support the victim here and even line up to condemn this poor girl, you call yourselves “Torah Jews” but you stomp on the honor of our people through your cowardice. I pray that your actions do not embolden other of these predatory monsters to molest other children.


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84. Proof     11/27/12 - 12:04 PM
Mirral L. - Monsey

Please show proof of what he did to this girl. I don't believe a thing she says till she shows proof.


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85. Thanks for coming out     11/27/12 - 12:17 PM
Anonymous

I have not done enough primary research to comment conclusively on which side is correct. But, as the alleged victim must have received much pressure to remain quiet about her allegations, I thank her for bringing this issue to a court of law to be tried by judges of the law. This helps make sure molesters know that they will not be tolerated, and will give them an incentive to avoid their despicable behavior.


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86.     11/27/12 - 12:48 PM
Anonymous

Innocent until proven guilty.

There is no way I can support someone making allegations when I have no idea if anything happened.


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87.     11/27/12 - 12:51 PM
Malka R. Blumenfeld - Oak Park - rblumenfeld@hotmail.com

I am commending you and the other victims to come forward. May Hashem help you in this great crisis and Nesayon you are facing. You are doing the right thing and justice has to be done. This individual is a sick, depraved human being and his behavior is a big Chillul Hashem for the Goyim and a insult to all frum/observing people all over the world. My tfillos and brachos are with you. Malkie


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88. Mirra L     11/27/12 - 12:54 PM
Chaim Saperstsein - Monsey

If, CHas V'Shalom, a family member of yours was attacked by a person like this, how would you ask her to "prove it" to you?

Or, would you tell your daughter, sister, friend, etc. that without a video of her actually being attacked she has no right to bring her attacker to court?

Or, do you feel that all rapists should always go free, since there are never two Kosher Eidim to the rape (since all rapists only attack in private)

Is that what you really feel?

Is so, you put all the daughters of Klal Yisroel at risk, since you have now made rape a crime that will never, can never, be prosecuted.


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89. Thanks for coming out and taking this rasha to court     11/27/12 - 12:59 PM
Tzippy Leichter - Monsey


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90. Hope to be there with you this afternoon.     11/27/12 - 1:12 PM
Tsipora - Brooklyn, NY

This is such a Kiddush H-shem. You care about the truth, protecting others, standing up to Basar v'Dam and community pressure. It shows your faith in the protection of G-d. Hazak.


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91. Thanks for your courage.     11/27/12 - 1:19 PM
A Protective Father - Los Angeles

I commend you for putting yourself out there to bring justice and safety to the community. It will let other perps/pervs know that things will not be swept under the rug


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92. I'm rooting for you     11/27/12 - 1:26 PM
Nechi - Lakewood

Hatzlacha Rabba! You are an incredibly brave and are doing something unbelievably emotionally healthy!!

Hashem should help true justice prevail.

I am in awe of your courage and commitment to do whats right Al Pi Torah!

You should be gebentshed!


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93. Ha-shem should bless you and give you koach. We are with you!     11/27/12 - 1:37 PM
Eliyahu Katz - Kew Gardens, NY - ekatz@alum.mit.edu

I am awed and humbled by your courage to stand up to those re'shoim. You are saving hundreds (or thousands) of Jewish lives. I only wish there were more Yidden with your ahavas Yisroel. I'm sorry I was unable to come to the court to show my support, but my prayers are with you.

The people who are attacking you are making the biggest chillul Ha-shem in my memory. Osidim li'ten es hadin.

Yasher Kochacha


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94. You are very brave and are doing all of us a tremendous service     11/27/12 - 1:54 PM
Jeffrey Wallach, LCSW-R - Brooklyn, New York - Jeffrey.Wallach@nychhc.org

To the bravest young woman in the world:

Your sacrifice will ensure that Weberman will be exposed for what he is and will never hurt another person. We are all indebted to you.

Jeffrey Wallach, LCSW-R


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95. More strength to you!     11/27/12 - 2:17 PM
Yossi Ginzberg - NY, NY

May Hashem help you heal soon from this obscene event!

I can't help noticing as I scan through the comments: Do you too notice that it seems to be only people from Brooklyn that are afraid to give their names?


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96.     11/27/12 - 2:19 PM
Anonymous

C Saperstein

Yes rapists should be convicted and the victims should press charges. But that has zero relevance to the current situation.When someone is making an accusation and I have no knowledge their story is true, as far as I'm concerned the accused is innocent until proven guilty. It would be very wrong for me to get involved without knowing the true story.


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97.     11/27/12 - 2:31 PM
Elan Rieser - riesere@coned.com

May you find the peace and closure that you so richly deserve, and may your bravery inspire a) other survivors to come forward, and b) our communities to work harder to protect our beloved children.


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98. To my dear fellow bas yisroel     11/27/12 - 2:38 PM
Racheli Bass - Manchester

Dear sister of mine, I've never met you,and I couldn't attend the trial today, but all day today from my home in Manchester,UK, my heart was with you. You see, I am a fellow survivor of sexual abuse. There are so many of us: boys and girls, men and women, frum and irreligious, Jewish and non-Jewish. We all struggle with our memories and do our best to live a positive, healthy, happy life, and to maintain our connection with The One Above. So remember this: you are not alone!

I remember trying to report my abuser to the police and how unbelivably difficult it was, how my whole body shook, how my voice trembled. I still haven't brought my abuser to justice, but your case gives me courage, and people like Rabbi Horowitz give me hope that there is still some good left in our world.

Dear girl, I admire you, I respect you, I pray for your well-being and for your success with all my heart. Do you realise what a positive example you are for all the other victims out there? Stand proud and strong, you are doing it for all of us. May you be zocheh to always feel just how much Hashem loves you and just how very precious you are. Love, Racheli


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99. To the judge and jury: Don't be fooled by an abuser's claim of innocence     11/27/12 - 2:41 PM
Anonymous

I personally knew at least 2 of the most notorious abusers. Both were personable and friendly people, and I was happy (at the time) to consider them among my closest friends. I was shocked when the revelations about them became public, but after some reflection, and recalling some isolated moments with them (when they briefly let their guard down and showed their true colors) I really wasn't too surprised. These individuals use their outgoing personalities and their offers of friendship to deceive and snare their victims, and that makes their crimes even worse.

To the victim(s): Thank you for coming forward. I cannot imagine how difficult this must be for you. Please know that so many of us have you in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that you will be able to rebuild your lives and find some peace of mind.


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100. In Awe     11/27/12 - 2:47 PM
Mordy - Far Rockaway, NY

I was in the courtroom this morning until about 1:00 pm. I am in awe of seeing your courage on the stand. I can only imagine how difficult it was for you to just sit there, alone, when the judge and lawyers left the room. I cannot begin to fathom the courage it took for you to actually open your mouth and speak up to say publicly all the unspeakable things that were done to you.

Some of us Frum Jews believe you are doing the right thing. Your humiliation and courage are not for naught. I hope the afternoon, with cross-examination, isn't too difficult and that you'll come out the other side at peace.


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101. DITTO     11/27/12 - 3:13 PM
Tzvi - Lakewood

Ditto everything Harry Maryles say times a milion.

And to think became I became a BT to exposed to these low-lifes. No one I ever met in any Reform temple comes close to these dregs of humanity.


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102. Inspiring     11/27/12 - 3:28 PM
D Grossman - Spring Valley

Just wanted to say that our thoughts are with you. Wish that the other victims had your courage. You're doing a great thing.


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103. Yeah, I believe you, I feel it in my heart!!!     11/27/12 - 4:12 PM
Samuel - Teaneck

Sorry, I got to agree with the few comments here questioning supporting one side of the story without proof. If this girl knows what happened, she should do what she should do. How do we know who is right? My nevua machine is not working so well recently so I am trying to spin dice and mix tea leaves ... oh it says she is right and I should believe her! I must post online my full support!!! I do not see anywhere that Rabbi Horowitz questioned her and him like a dayan would to see which side is correct. IF the guy is guilty, he is an animal or whatever you want but my tea leaves are not yet talking about him.

Sorry for being sarcastic here. To put it differently, if some girl in your community accused your Rav of such things, and she goes to court, would you be supposed to believe everything she says?? Cheer her and tell her to knock him dead?? What if some holy askan supports her? And some askan and hocker supports him? How do all of you here decide??

Obviously, we support victims, we should support them more, we should arrest bad behavior among members of our community etc. but I have not seen anything here explaining why everyone is on her side. Maybe you know her or him, I don't, I don't read "factual news articles" which would be so informative as to help me decide.


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104. Interesting     11/27/12 - 4:17 PM
Dovid Heiniman - Lakewood

I find it very interesting that everyone who has come here to imply that Weberman isn't guilty and malign the victim, doesn't even have the guts to write their full name down. They are pathetic cowards and losers.


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105. but ...     11/27/12 - 4:29 PM
Samuel - Teaneck

My previous post is to the readers here and Kevod Harav. For this girl, (assuming you are not making up the story) we stand by you totally. Keep strong, inspire, don't give up! Do not be embarrassed! Be well!!!!


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106. To Samuel in Teaneck     11/27/12 - 4:34 PM
Chana Salter - Brooklyn, NY

Think with your brain -- not your heart.

From the research on child abuse:

"It seems impossible to convince people that private behavior cannot be predicted from public behavior. Kind, nonviolent individuals behave well in public, but so do many people who are brutal behind the scenes."

"Likability is such a potent weapon that it protects predators for long periods of time and through almost incomprehensible numbers of victims."

"Sex offenders are well aware of our propensity for making assumptions about private behavior from public presentation. They use that information deliberately and carefully to set up a double life. It serves them well but doesn't do much for the rest of us."

A 12 year old Satmar girl is sent for “counseling” to a 50+ year old man with no training. He “counsels’ her in a room with a bed in it. He takes her alone for long rides into the country. This is the same man who reportedly is so “machmer” that he doesn’t wear his glasses in the street because he may, Chas Ve’sholom see a woman. You don’t see that there is something glaringly, obviously, incredibly wrong here?!

Even in the secular community, it would be highly irregular for a 12 year old girl to be counseled by a man, and NEVER in an apartment alone. If this girl was having problems, why wasn’t she being sent to a frum woman? Why don’t we stop right there at the very beginning of this sordid story and just get the answer to that question from the Satmar school that refers young girls to Nechemya Weberman?


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107. You have my haskama :)     11/27/12 - 4:51 PM
Moshe P. Mann - Haifa, Israel - mpm@tx.technion.ac.il

No letter of support will ever be enough to alleviate the pain and suffering that the victim of "Rabbi" Weberman had to endure. But for what it's worth I would like to express me full support and solidarity for the victim of this "rabbi"'s heinous deed.

I, and every sane Jewish individual are on your side.

May Hashem protect you and may you win your case speedily.


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108. Keep strong     11/27/12 - 5:27 PM
Shay - IL - alohaolah13@gmail.com

Your courage and strength in going through with this is such an inspiration. I'm sure the cross examination was tough but keep strong and keep steady in your story... the truth will come out and you will prevail. We are all behind you and are sending warm thoughts your way. Keep steady against evil... for you are good.


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109. We are with you     11/27/12 - 5:50 PM
Yisroel Spanier - Passaic, NJ - ydspanier@hotmail.com

I stand amazed and inspired by your courage. We need people like you to stand up to those who commit such atrocities against our children.


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110. we thank you     11/27/12 - 6:08 PM
Avi Burstein - NYC - avisjunk2@gmail.com

Your courage and determination to stand up to the man who hurt you so terribly is tremendously inspiring. Not only will it help bring justice in your particular case, but it is giving strength to every other victim who has been silenced by the pressure and intimidation of the community. The difficult ordeal you are enduring now will help past and future victims for many years to come, and every single person, whether within the community or from outside of it, owes you a tremendous debt of gratitude for your sacrifice.


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111. Tzedek tzedek     11/27/12 - 6:17 PM
Aviva Shapiro - Chicago

May Hashem bless the emes to come out clearly and quickly with healing results for the victims.


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112. Keep on going!     11/27/12 - 6:32 PM
Raizy Blau

Stay strong! We continue to be behind you!! Again, thank you for doing what so many are afraid of. You are helping an entire generation of children and adults.


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113. Bonne Courage.     11/27/12 - 6:34 PM
Yoely Noe - Lyon, France

Hey cousin, I am so proud of you. Your bravery and courage is inspiring. The fact that you are standing up when others have run away is an affect that will last for our kids and grand kids. I wish I could be there with you at this moment but know this dear cousin, “Though I am far away I am with you and support you all the way…

Bonne courage.

Yoely


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114. Stand Tall - We are with you.     11/27/12 - 6:37 PM
Risa Braun - Brooklyn, NY - risabraun@yahoo.com

He can't hurt you anymore. We will stand together in support of you. Your courage gives strength to us all. Stay strong, we've got your back.


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115. Kol HaKavod!     11/27/12 - 7:19 PM
Brochie - Baltimore

May the Ribbono Shel Olam - who knows the Emes - give you continued Koach to stand up for Emes in an Olam HaSheker. May you find comfort in the fact that you are turning your suffering and pain into something meaningful and something that so many others will benefit from. Stand tall and strong, my friend. You have so many on your side - the Emes will prevail. I'm thinking of you and wishing you tons of strength.


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116. Your courage is appreciated     11/27/12 - 7:41 PM
Yosef Blau - New York, New York - Yosblau@gmail.com

Your courage is encouraging other victims to realize that they need not be afraid to report their abuser. May your testifying be a source of healing for the years of suffering. Hopefully this will be a wakeup call to the community that has chosen to find excuses to look the other way.

Dont get discouraged by his defense attourneys' attempt to blacken your name.

There is a world of people who believe you and admire you.


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117. You are a wonderful person     11/27/12 - 8:29 PM
FL Dorfman

You are a wonderful person for standing up for what's right put those abusers to shame!! They are sick and deserve to be finally put to the ground find something to dig about him and keep digging until he gives in on his hands and knees. The dress ach what a farce in this world!!! Means nothing about a person! They just can get away with murder unfortunately!! Good luck.


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118. Our Queen     11/27/12 - 8:38 PM
Sara Samson - Monsey, N.Y.

I think every girl who has the guts to report sexual abuse is the Queen Esther of our times. Esther was given a job to do - a job she did not want to do, but she did it for Am Yisrael. I urge all young women who were abused to report their abusers as you have.

You are a soldier in the army of Hashem fighting in a war. You are making the world safer for our children and grandchildren just like any other soldier protecting his people.

Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you again. May Hashem reward you for your wonderful work. Love, Sara


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119. Do you follow the laws of bais din?     11/27/12 - 9:02 PM
Anonymous

How Does Rabbi Horowitz not being a Dayan or never spoken to both sides in this case go ahead and take a side without having heard both sides. I dont know if the allegations are true or not. This girl may be telling the truth and maybe not. But untill then we can not take a side because its much easier to side with the victim in this case.


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120.     11/27/12 - 9:20 PM
Eli Neuberger - Baltimore MD

Much Hatzlacha! May your hands be strengthened


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121. All trolls     11/27/12 - 9:27 PM
Jules Friedman

Anyone defending Weberman not using names is a wimp and a coward


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122. In defense.     11/27/12 - 9:56 PM
Y.F.

Answering # 119, In defense of Rabbi Horowitz, perhaps this is a case of "Nikorim Divrei Emes". He likely spoke to the girl and her family.

Therefore he is at liberty to take her side since, after all, his opinion, in reality, doesn't carry any weight in court. Rabbi Horowitz's opinion won't cause Weberman to be found guilty or receive a harsher sentence.

If Rabbi Horowitz would be the judge, or on the jury, I'm sure he would be very careful to solely go by the evidence and testimonies, and not by his personal feelings. (Or he would recuse himself...)


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123. A question (or answer)     11/27/12 - 10:20 PM
Y.F. - N.Y.

Rabbi Horowitz, You asked "One would also wonder on whose P’sak he relies to defend himself in this manner?"

I don't think he needs a Hetter, because he knows the truth. (Mimuh Nafshuch) If Weberman is lying (and he is guilty of these heinous deeds) then it's foolish to expect a Roshoh like that to seek a Hetter to save his own skin in any way possible. (He might also be thinking that he must use any means available to protect his marriage and his family.)

And if Weberman is (unlikely) innocent, then that would automatically mean that the girl is a terrible "Rishante" out to ruin a man's life, and his family's life too. And then she would deserve the harshest treatment.

Now, since Weberman is working on the premise that HE is Nebich the innocent victim here, his tactics are not at all surprising. Because according to his claims, she is the "Rodef" and deserves no Rachmonos. Since he proclaims that the girl is a horrible person, then he must "back up" his claim by treating her as such. Simple logic.

I know that you are convinced of Weberman's guilt. If so, I hope (and expect) that the prosecution prepared the girl for an attempt at character assassination, and she was mentally and emotionally expecting to be vilified, smeared and slandered, and that she must remain brave and strong.

p.s. I must say, I am more interested and concerned about this trial than the last elections...


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124.     11/27/12 - 10:31 PM
Anonymous

THANK YOU!!! G-D BLESS YOU AND USE YOU. XOXO


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125.     11/27/12 - 11:03 PM
Chaya Esther - Brooklyn, NY

It takes a tremendous amount of courage to face the horrors you have. Besides doing what's right for yourself, think of how many others you are helping as well. I wish you lots of hatzlocha and koach to continue the important work you are doing!


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126. I support you     11/27/12 - 11:04 PM
Shani Verschleiser - Brooklyn, NY

You are with me in my every day prayers as well as all other victims of child abuse. You are so brave and courageous and there are many out there that support you. Stand strong knowing that you are helping countless of other people deal with their own traumas as well as putting someone behind bars so that they can not hurt another child. I support you.


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127. CHAZAK V EMOTZ     11/27/12 - 11:51 PM
Mark Weinstock - Boro park

To the Victim of this terrible crime, you are doing the lords work by bringing down this criminal " Rabbi" Shame on his supporters. May hashem bentch you your wonderful husband and entire Family with Gezunt Nachas, and Parnossa, and the closure to move on to a meaningful life without any more Tzar....


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128. Way to go, 2 thumbs up     11/28/12 - 12:24 AM
Chayim S - Brooklyn NY

Our hearts and prayers are with you, stand tall and proud! We support you 100% all the way. Thank you SO much for going through the pain and saving us 1,000's of future umshildige neshumalech. VehoElokim yevakesh et hanirdaf. Bee strong & Bracha vehatzlacha


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129.     11/28/12 - 2:52 AM
BORUCH - NY

RABBI HOROWITZ YOU ARE FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE NOT ONLY FOR THIS VICTIM BUT FOR ALL THE VICTIMS.YOU ARE A VERY COURAGEOUS PERSON FOR STANDING UP WHATS RIGHT AND NOT BACKING OFF.THIS STORY'S UNFORTUNATELY IS HAPPENING EVERY DAY.AND ALL THE YESHIVES THEY ARE DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT.YOU ARE A REAL HERO IN MY EYES.


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130. What I'd like to say to the jury     11/28/12 - 4:58 AM
AJ - Israel - atheodox@gmail.com

Members of the jury, I urge you to consider the following:

Think about the immense amount of pressure this girl is facing from her community, from her own family (don't forget, her father is being implicated here too). Think about what it would be like to live as the "evil accuser" and be the subject of hatred and bullying for months on end. Think about having to face the person you're accusing in court, with all the people in attendance, all the press and publicity. Think about the level of horrifying detail she's coming out with. Think of how unlikely it is that a person could make this up, and what it would mean to other victims of abuse if she were caught making it up? And lastly, just think about how much easier it would have been to keep quiet and not face all this pressure.

Now... Do you really think anyone, let alone a 17-year-old girl, would subject themselves to this amount of pressure and difficulty and overt hostility out of "revenge" or "hate" for the community? Do you really think the nauseating details of the abuse that she spent hours relating could possibly just be "imagined"? Or is the ONLY reasonable scenario that she would possibly have put herself through this living hell, that she made the decision to be brave, to come forward and stand up to her abuser, and stand up for all the other children who are victims of sexual abuse, in the hopes that no one should have to ever experience what she has? Isn't that the only plausible motivation here? Of course it is. Don't let Mr. Weberman's "defense" shake you from this obvious truth.

It's time to acknowledge this girl's tremendous pain and suffering, and her incredible bravery, and to show the world that victims of sexual abuse are not going to be scared into silence. They are not going to go away. And we as a public with a conscience are not going to aid and abet sexual predators. It's time to stand with her, to stand for justice and righteousness, to stand for victims of abuse, offer our love and support to this courageous victim, and let her bravery be an inspiration to us all.


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131.     11/28/12 - 7:18 AM
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you have our full support


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132. A dangerous precedent     11/28/12 - 7:34 AM
Aaron Kalish - Five Towns

Do girls ever lie? Do they ever make up stories? Every time a girl accuses a guy of rape and its her word against his, is he automatically guilty? Is there any need for witness' , or is it the juries job to decide which of the two is the better actor? Can any guy get put away for life by his secretary, girlfriend, date or other female counterpart?

Scary stuff here to see this presumption of guilt without witness' , DNA etc


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133. Be strong!     11/28/12 - 8:00 AM
Rafi - Bet Shemesh - Israeli.jew@gmail.com

These cover-ups have gone on too long, and it is about time the abusers are stood up to. Be strong, be courageous, give your testimony and put an end to this.


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134. Presumption of innocence     11/28/12 - 9:18 AM
Anonymous

To the alleged victim. I wish you the best and offer you moral support and Chizuk and the fortitude to present your side of the story.

To Rabbi Horowitz, as much as the support of victims of molestation is paramount, we still need to repect the process of justice. As beleivable as the accusations may be, I do not think it is right to convict someone in the court of public opinion before they have had a chance to present their case in court. The accused has the right by law of presumption of innocence.That is a very important right that we should not take lightly.As repugnant as the alleged actions are, they are still allegations untill the accused is convicted in a court of law.As such I am uncompfortable with the tone of certainty being voiced by the supporters of the alleged victim that the man is surly guilty.


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135. STRENGTH COURAGE AND JUSTICE     11/28/12 - 9:30 AM
Anonymous

Please know that you are not alone. We are all here with you. Don't listen to anyone trying to tell you what you are doing is wrong...even though I am not with you at trial I am with you in mind heart and spirit through every minute of this trial. Please know that whatever happens you have made a tremendous positive difference in the lives of everyone in our communities by coming forward..and fighting for truth and justice...I admire your strength and courage...Rivka Finkelstein


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136. Presumption of Innocence     11/28/12 - 10:08 AM
Sherree Belsky - Lawrence

If the defense wants to defend the innocence of Weberman, he would have to show that ALL counselors see "clients" 4 hours a day 4 times a week.

If the defense wants to defend the innocence of Weberman, he would have to provide his "semicha" certificate to show that he is indeed a Rabbi and knows halacha inside out.

If the defense wants to defend the innocence of Weberman he would have to show that ALL counselors, excuse me, Chassidic Male Satmar counselors, work with young female clients.

If the defense wants to defend the innocence of Weberman he would have to show that ALL counselors in general Lock, double lock, or triple lock their office doors!

If the prosecution wants to prove their case they have to show that NO licensed or trained counselor, nor any other counselor who claims to be a prominent community member would have 4 hour sessions 4 times a week with anyone. How would they possibly find the time to do that?

If the prosecution wants to prove their case, they would have to demand proof and certification that the defendant actually has the right to refer to himself as a Rabbi which would normally be reserved for a teacher or an trained and ordained cleric.

If the prosecution wants to prove their case they would have to prove that Chassidic Satmar or other any other sect, Male counselors do not take on female clients, young or old.

If the prosecution wants to prove their case they would have to prove that counselors on any level do NOT double lock or triple lock their doors. Most counselors just close the door, and people know NOT to enter if a door is closed. Normal people just knock and wait for the response "come in" or "please wait". It is understood when visiting a therapist that if the door is "closed" someone else is in there so there is no need to lock the door.

After reviewing the above, which side do you think can prove the innocence of their client, who is telling the truth here and which client is believable just on these simple facts alone?

Why is Weberman called a "prominent" member of the community? What makes him prominent? Because of his conquests? How many children does he have to rape to make him prominent? Or did he make himself prominent to be believable so that he could be untouchable?


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137. Trust     11/28/12 - 10:14 AM
Sury Lax - Monsey

I'm sorry to be so bold, but i believe a person who is righteous for 50 years, more than a young girl who is known for bad behavior since she's 12.

You never know if she dreamt all this up.


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138. A Woman of Valor     11/28/12 - 10:50 AM
Yehudis Cohen - Crown Heights, NY

Eishes Chayil Mi Yimtza? It is truly rare to find a woman as courageous as you!

V'Rochok M'peninim Michra - Your value far exceeds that of pearls. Pearls usually remain hidden deep inside the ocean, but you have come forward and all now see your true worth.

As we read through the verses of Eishes Chayil we see that they all apply to you. We are living in a time and you are going through a trial when people are trying to prove that "sheker hachein" - falsehood and deceit are charming, but YOU are are a true Yiras Hash-m and you are the one to be praised.

May you go from strength to strength!


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139. To "Sury Lax - Monsey "     11/28/12 - 11:48 AM
Chaim Saperstsein - Monsey

I will ask you the same question I asked others who have voiced your line of reasoning.

If, Chas V'Shalom, a family member of yours was attacked by a person like this, how would you ask her to "prove it" to you?

Or, would you tell your daughter, sister, friend, etc. that without a video of her actually being attacked she has no right to bring her attacker to court?

Or, do you feel that all rapists should always go free, since there are never two Kosher Eidim to the rape (since all rapists only attack in private)

Is that what you really feel?

Is so, you put all the daughters of Klal Yisroel at risk, since you have now made rape a crime that will never, can never, be prosecuted.


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140. Be Strong     11/28/12 - 12:00 PM
Efrem Popel - CHICAGO, IL

It takes such internal strength to stand up when something is wrong in the world. But when it happened to you, and you were the victim of a crime and it would have been so much easier to turn the page on life and move on words....

May hashem give you the correct words and the right tone on the witness stand and the menuchas hanefesh to have to endure this terrible process.

Project Yes and Rabbi Horowitz Yasher Koach for your work and all the help you are giving this victim and their family.

May this all be over soon so that the victim may begin truly rebuilding her life without any fear.

Efrem


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141. Righteous??     11/28/12 - 12:02 PM
Yisroel Spanier - Passaic, NJ - ydspanier@hotmail.com

Sruly Lax:

i believe a person who is righteous for 50 years

Righteous?? I'm embarrassed to call him religious, to try to assert that this is a righteous person is simply appalling.


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142. We are with you!     11/28/12 - 12:42 PM
Meir Dershowitz - Hillside, NJ

Thank you for what you are doing to protect our children. I am sure you are a source of strength for other victims out there. And thank you for bringing this animal to justice, although what he receives in the next world will be much worse than anything the American justice system can mete out. Hashem should bless you with strength and the wonderful life that you deserve.


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143.     11/28/12 - 1:29 PM
unbiased or prejudiced - New York

I'm saddened reading the comments.The presumption of guilt without knowledge or evidence is so strong.

People say a conviction is such a case is meaningless because someone accused is automatically considered guilty without any real proof. I don't know if that is true but if the jury views this case like the commentators on this blog do,then it is indisputable.


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144. Stay strong     11/28/12 - 3:01 PM
Chana Prero - Mevo Choron, Israel

I admire the strength you have to prosecute the man who abused you. You are doing an important thing and I hope he is convicted and you can rebuild your life.


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145. To all of you defenders     11/28/12 - 3:43 PM
RMC ha Kohan

The defense knows that the prosecution has more victims who are ready, willing and able to come forward if, G-d forbid they are able to silence the alledged victim. This is not a simple case, we are dealing with pure evil here from a man who has struck many times while wearing the mantle of a leader. He will pay his debt to society by spending his life in prison and answer for his deeds in the next life.

To you frum defenders, can you honestly say that you do not know of a single case of child molestation in your own neighborhoods that has been hidden from the civil authorities?


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146. The defense says she hates her religion and community     11/28/12 - 3:49 PM
RMC ha Kohan

The defense says she hates her religion and community

Idiots! Has anyone seen her wedding picture? I have. She married a frum guy in a shtreimal who ran a restaurant right in the middle of the community, that is until the loving and caring community destroyed his business for daring to stand up to Weberman.


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147. You are a force for justice     11/28/12 - 4:40 PM
shmuel silberman - brighton MA

Your awesomely brave stand will encourage all current and future victims, and stop some perpetrators. You are a hero in our generation.


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148. Wishing you peace ...     11/28/12 - 4:46 PM
Amy Katz - Rechovot, Eretz HaKodesh

It may be hard to imagine while you're going through this trial, but what you're doing is truly saving lives. I read today in the news sites about your testimony, and your courage is written so clearly all the way through, and the ko'akh you're giving to others who need it is immeasurable.

It may be hard to see beyond the darkness of what you've been through, but just like Chanuka, every day adds another candle, every night adds more light; every second that you're standing up to him, every moment that you're standing up for the truth, you're radiating so much light to that darkness. And you're bringing hope and strength and light to so many others who are also in the darkness.

Hoping for you and sending you light and just all good energy imaginable. And wishing you a life of peace and happiness and all good things.


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149. Be strong and ignore the rasha and his defenders     11/28/12 - 6:59 PM
Pesach Sommer - Passaic NJ

Know that you stand for truth. You have the support of so many from the community.

The fools who defend him here, are too ignorant to read about what has gone on. They fail to recognize that there are other victims who have said the same thing about him, but are not as brave as you to come forward.


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150. Relax, and smell the coffee     11/28/12 - 7:11 PM
2 Sorry lax- #137 - sad state of affairs

@ Bagel lax, cream and lax, and to all the other jumping the gun laxes, demanding where's the proof. Maybe for a change you should have pudding for breakfast instead of lax.

The proof is in there! It is unfolding right in front of your eyes, in a courtroom right where it belongs. The victim of your disbelief has just testified.

Tomorrow or in the next few days, your Righteous dear so called alleged perpetrator of 50 years will have his day in court, have the floor and so to speak in his own defense, and if not, then forever hold his peace for the next 50 years behind bars.

Do you think he will take the stand? Bet you $ to Doughnuts his Attorney will not let him, because if he did, he is toast, dead meat and chopped liver all together.

As for your math and logic = nil-- This Bas Yisrael has been his victim since the age of twelve for three consecutive painful years of a lifetime, she is barely 18. This righteous of a bum, scum, pedophile of at least 20 years back that many of us are aware, is yet quite generous. This particular victim, when he was only 7 years old, of this same alleged Righteous Menuvel ausvurf, is giving support in Court for this girl victim, every single day.

So take your Shaygatz of at least 20 years and more, against this girl, who is not even 20 years old, fershteist goldie lax. Look at the support she gets, and how much of support he barely gets. We the people agree that this a case of Tinok shenishbe locked behind three locks, however, Bas Kif keBas Kof, and Bas Kof keBas 7, kulam shavim LETOYVE!!! Does this RIGHTEOUS scum believe that hashem can see even through 3 locks and behind 3 doors, huh? Yomim yagidi, it is just around the corner.

Btw, is this Lax of F.B. that just made an open house for mmmm.... never mind. Vehamevin Yavin.


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151. Praying for your peace     11/28/12 - 7:26 PM
Rebecca - Illinois

You won't necessarily feel peace at first, and there will be difficult times yet. At some point when you reflect back on everything, you will see the hand of G-d using your courage to put an end to this evil. I am a prosecutor in Illinois, who was a victim of abuse like yours as a child, and I honor your courage.


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152. Understand the Ways of Abusers     11/28/12 - 7:58 PM
Rabbi Finkel - Chicago

The fact that Weberman’s defenders went so far as to knock the survivor’s Chosson out of business in retaliation after he refused to accept hush money, highlights the guilt of the defendant. Thugs are thugs regardless of how they dress, which boards they sit on, and what their Yichus is. Spreading rumor and innuendo is par for the course for abusers and their enablers. Anyone who knocks an innocent person out of parnassah with no basis/false pretences/to defend the family honor will eventually be exposed for all their criminal activities they are involved in.

To the brave survivor: Keep your head up high. You are doing Avodas Hakodesh of uprooting the evil from the community’s midst.


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153. have strength     11/28/12 - 8:06 PM
Anonymous

At this moment it is mere accusations-- however I give the accuser a bracha to have the strength and to only say the truth- it is the truth that will survive-- and will make abuser run away.

Mr. Weberman- for you-- face the fact- you did something wrong- step down go away- (in a special place for many years...) for even someone to have such allegations means you did something wrong.

The good part of this whole trial is that the others who are also abused will come forward-- they won't be embarrassed anymore.


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154. Thank you for being Brave     11/28/12 - 8:58 PM
Gitty Goldman - Brooklyn NY

I am so proud of you and your loving husband. Both of you are amazing in every way.

It takes a lot of nerve, courage, and heart to do what you are doing.

I am wishing you, that Hashem should continue to give you the strength in these horrible hours.....

We the entire family and community are with you, and thanking you for coming forward and creating a better world for our children.

We love you Rivky & Boorey

Thank you Rabbi Horowitz for all you are doing.


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155. you were great today     11/28/12 - 9:59 PM
Avi Burstein - NYC

To our dear sister - The way you conducted yourself on the witness stand today was incredible. I can't imagine how hard it must have been for you to withstand all you had to go through from the opposing counsel (six hours of endless grilling!). Your poise and self-assuredness shone through for all to see. Stay confident, the truth will prevail!


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156. Thank You     11/28/12 - 10:06 PM
Blass Family - Monsey

Thank you for your courage and strength of character. You are not alone. We are all behind you.


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157. Yad Hashem     11/29/12 - 2:24 AM
Sherree Belsky

It is only through Yad Hashem that a young innocent child such as this victim, can not only withstand but stand up to the evil who defends the guilty and who tries to defame and demoralize the truth.

It is only through Yad Hashem that evil shows his true colors, even in the courthouse and even in front of court officers and dozens of witnesses. If you didn't know it before, please, please see it now. Hashem is by your side and he will see you through this. No one can truly know Hashem's ways. Maybe you had to be a Korban because Hashem knew that YOU could take on the challenge for yourself and for others to expose this Rasha and with him, many more in the future.

You are the little Dovid standing up courageously and bravely with only the truth and your courage to fight off a mammoth Goliath! Just as Hashem helped Dovid to succeed, so too will you defeat this ogre and go on to victory, a life free of his threats and the threat and control of the foolish community that chose to support him instead of protect their own innocent neshomas. What a chilul Hashem! The neshoma of the Great Baal Shem Tov must be tortured by the generations of leitzanim he produced.


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158. Thank you and kol hakavod     11/29/12 - 4:29 AM
Malkie - Brooklyn, NY - ml4rocky@gmail.com

You are truly delightful. You've been withstanding some awful pressure and your answers are excellent! We understand the pressure you're under, but you haven't let it get to you. What a fantastic young lady you are and a true role model for others in our world.

I've always lived in Brooklyn and my father was a Gerer Chosid. He'd be so very proud of YOU right now! NO group of chassidim comes ahead of those within that group. My father taught me that I must take care of myself and be as good as possible. He also insisted that I go to college. Never give up hope that you, too, can achieve everything your heart desires.

We all hope your time on the stand passes quickly. You WILL be IY'H matzliach. Others will learn from your courage that they must speak up and come forward.

Kol tuv and we'll be paying attention to you once again. We love you!


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159. Sending support to the victim     11/29/12 - 6:04 AM
Michal Schwartz - Ramat Bet Shemesh

Stand strong! do not let the bullies beat you down!

Chazak V'ametz


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160. Stay Strong!     11/29/12 - 9:19 AM
Ken Applebaum - Far Rockaway, NY

Please stay strong to the end of the trial. We must see that this predator is put away so he won't pose harm to any others. We are with you!


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161.     11/29/12 - 10:17 AM
Judah & Ora Mischel - Ramat Beit Shemesh

May Hashem help & bless you with strength and courage to continue to sanctify His Name. Kneset Yisrael suffers with you and is praying for your success and good health.

A little bit of light dispels immense darkness.

B'hatzlacha Rabba


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162. Chazak     11/29/12 - 10:24 AM
Shaya Dubin - Passaic - PerformanceDiagnostics@gmail.com

May justice be served and may you find the strength to go on, emerge from this dark time, and live a full, meaningful and happy life, head held high and unashamed.


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163. Sad     11/29/12 - 10:33 AM
Sury Lax - Monsey

It's very sad how you all are siding with one person, even my comment was censored! We'll see in shemayim who's right, wait, you'll have be shocked!


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164.     11/29/12 - 11:39 AM
Yakov H

Rabbi Horrowitz: As always thank you for having the courage to speak about abuse and for not being scared to voice your opinion on this trial.

I've been following this story closely for a long time and have always leaned towards Weberman being guilty. The case has no evidence either way, so it really is her word against his. I think hers is more believable because she had to endure immense pressure she's still not backed down. Also and her testimony seems detailed and idiosyncratic, if she made it up I'd expect a more generic story.

That being said......

Still no hard evidence. That is bothersome, no matter how convincing the testimony and stories are, how can you convict without any hard evidence? At the very least, is there good circumstantial evidence? I've heard rumors and snippets of this, such as him spending 4 hours a day with her, taking trips etc. Is this substantiated?

Rabbi Horrowitz, help us out. We need information! Perhaps a better strategy in covering this story is to take step back and not focus on the diametrically opposed narratives: He said She said. Instead focus more on the "structure" of the case or the "circumstances" of it.

Weberman is claiming that he was just a spiritual counselor,he was hired to get the girl back on the path of strict religiousness. To that end, what is he saying he did with the time he spent with her? How did he intend to make her more religious? What did he think about her? How many cases like her is he saying he's dealt with? How many years has he been practicing?

There's got to be more to this case then what we've been hearing and if there isn't and nothing terms up after webermans cross examination, well I think I might just change my mind.


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165. Thank you!     11/29/12 - 11:50 AM
Shayndee M. - Monsey, NY

Thank you for helping everyone in your situation and those who may fall into the situation in the future. As a mother of 2 girls I can't thank you enough for standing up to this crazy person and for giving all victims hope and encouragement to do the same.


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166. Hinei Ba Yom Hadin     11/29/12 - 12:48 PM
Tzedek Tzekek Tirdof - V' H' Yevakesh et HaNirdaf!!

Sury LaX,

Don't hold your breath. Hopefully, Shamayim is a long way. We will have it rather here, and now. We want Moshiach NOW, and if you were to put your mouth to the money, you would be in the courtroom and see Justice in front of your own eyes!


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167. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT, HASHEM WILL BLESS YOU!!!     11/29/12 - 1:20 PM
Robert Goldman - formula462@msn.com

Hashem created evil, Men do Evil, I support you and HASHEM WILL TAKE VENGEANCE on your behalf, Child rapists BEWARE, THE ALMIGHTY WILL CRY OUT LIKE A WOMAN IN LABOR WHEN HE DELIVERS HIS FIERCE VENGEANCE, YOU WILL DRINK CUPS OF YOUR OWN FLESH FOR ETERNITY!!!!


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168. Im not sure whom I'm Supporting     11/29/12 - 1:25 PM
Shloma - Brooklyn - Slomalew@gmail.com

To the best of my knowledge, (and I’m a full blooded member of the Brooklyn Chasidishe Community), everyone agrees that such criminals should be stopped forcibly from having the option of further endangering anyone else. Furthermore, most people agree that if a victim wants the additional pleasure of punishing the criminal, she or he can and should go to the police for justice.

I am not sure why this is a community issue, whereas a Rabbi (that is not representing the victim, but rather "community rights") is getting involved. Do we as a community carry a collective guilt for all deviants that are among us? I did not see one Priest taking responsibility for General Petraus did..


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169. Canada     11/29/12 - 1:51 PM
Moshe Y - Canada

To the young lady: Canadian Jews are wishing you success and are rooting for you and your heroic fearless efforts to cleanse our world of evil filth. We can see your suffering and wish you a full healing.

KUDOS TO RABBI HOROWITZ


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170. You are a hero     11/29/12 - 3:00 PM
Chana Hackner

I commend you, you are a true hero!

May Hashem give you all the strength you need and more!


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171. Ki Malochov Yetsave loch lishmorchoh bchol derochechoh     11/29/12 - 3:09 PM
Arye - Jerusalem


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172. # 164 Yanky H     11/29/12 - 4:44 PM
Sherree Belsky - Lawrence

I will be more than happy to review the structure of the case with you.

Lets start at the very basics. The defense claims and aims to portray Weberman as a pious, Chassidic, Respected Jew, who stringently adheres both to the Torah and to the customs and laws of his Satmar Chassidic sect. That is the basis of the defense. The neighborhood looks up to him and therefor trusts him to counsel anyone even though he has no license and no form of training in the field. It is questionable whether he in fact has the right to the title "Rabbi" since he as yet has not produced a certificate of ordination (semicha) and his attorneys nor anyone else has ever claimed that he held the position as a Rebbe in yeshiva. Therefor he has crowned himself with yet another title aside from counselor that he hasn't proven in any way that he has earned or deserves.

Ok, that is just the very basics on the man before we get into any details. Ok? I will continue. Any Orthodox Jew knows the laws of Yichud and Negiah. Let alone a pious and righteous Chassid of this age. Any pious Jew knows the laws of Mesirah, let alone such a pious Chassidic Jew, who by his own community standards would and should be ostracized if one massers, goes to the authorities or does anything but takes ones grievances to a Bais din.

Anyone of the standard that the community and the defense makes this defendant out to be should neither be looking at or even talking to one of the opposite sex, yet Weberman had no problem with Rule. The defense claims that the child, who by the very nature and definition of a child is supposed to make mistakes and brake the rules, broke the rules and questioned the rules yet the so called counselor, the role model himself, had no problem breaking rules!

Exhibit A in my book would be the photo of the trial from the NY Times. He stood side by side with his female attorney just as he sat side by side with her "this close" all day in the courtroom. The evidence doesn't lie. Yaakov, you and I both know that any ehrliche yid would have asked the second chair which was Mark Farkas, to sit next to him and the female at the end. He also would have asked the Farkas men to make sure the women that represent him in court dress appropriately. We are NOT amaratzim as the defense team are, but even this much they should have known would show the true colors of their client. Weberman did not even consider for one minute how disrespectful this display was to his wife and family. The attorney in question was bare armed!! Her dress was low cut and short, way over her knees not to mention how tight it was, oops I did mention it. Her hair was wild and tousled. It would have been inappropriate for him to sit across from her let alone side by side with her for hours on end. She was NOT second chair as proven simply by the fact that it was Mark, not she, who made objections and questioned the witness.

And at this moment I need to pause. I was in the courtroom all day Monday, and as I entered the courthouse waiting on line to get through security, I realized the Weberman's were further down the line. As we faced each other across the lines I stared them down, all of them, the pig, the wife and the son. I stared daggers at them and allowed my hatred and condemnation to come through till they all turned away in shame. This happened about three times. I want to take this opportunity to ask mechilah from Mrs. Weberman. I don't know you and I can't even imagine what your life has been like married to evil. You look like an innocent ehrliche woman. I can't even begin to imagine how much pain you carry in your heart. I can't ask the same of the son until I know whether he is there to support his mother or his father.

Ok, on with the proof, as a counselor, there are certain guidelines one must adhere to. Whether one is a spiritual counselor, mental health professional, job counselor, etc., one of which is never to get personally involved with your client and to maintain appropriate distance. Therefore time management is elemental and essential. It is ludicrous to consider four times a week and four hour sessions to be anything other than misconduct and obsessive on the part of a counselor. That is crossing a huge line of involvement, and personalizing. What would one do with the rest of their clients, business, work if they were to do such things? How could they possibly function in the realm of professionalism and the workplace, provide for their families or even separate themselves from their client to have a normal family life in such a case? And if he were a respected counselor, as the defense claims, where were his other clients throughout this entire time frame? How could such a devoted counselor ignore ALL of them to devote so much time to just this one????? And if he were so devoted to ALL his clients how could he possibly maintain such a schedule giving all of his time and all of himself to ALL his clients????? Where would he even have the time to pray and study????

Then there is the issue of "moser". His defense attorney introduced in his opening statement to the jury, that the young woman in question made up ALL these lies against him because she was so angry at him for taking her father and making a tape of her and her boyfriend "the love of her life" as he put it at least 10 times to the jury, and going to the DA to prosecute him for statutory rape which she refused to testify to. She was so angry in fact that she was willing to bring him down and the ENTIRE COMMUNITY WITH HIM!

That Yanky is quite a huge accusation. Putting my opinion aside on that, he opened up quite a few interesting issues for us to ponder.

1. What is the role of a counselor?

2. How did Weberman know where to find the girl and her boyfriend, was he stalking her?

3. Would a counselor of any value actually do anything as despicable as follow a client, and/or actually force or influence a parent to accompany them to watch or videotape their client under such compromising situations.

4. Would a Chasidic, pious, religious, respected, upstanding, pillar of the Satmar community actually ignore the rules and laws of "Moser" and go to the DA to snitch and prosecute a religious Jew of any age without having first taken that minor boy and his father to a Bais Din?

5. If in fact, this young woman hated and wanted to destroy the entire Chassidic Satmar community then why did she have a religoius Chassidic wedding and allow Chassidim to come and celebrate with her???? The proof is in the pictures!

I need to go now, I have other things to do, but I would be more than happy to continue if you need me to. I have so much to say on this topic and would be happy to continue sharing my thoughts and opinions with you. If you or anyone else need further clarifications or common sense perspective on these issues please do not hesitate to ask.


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173. Stay Strong     11/29/12 - 5:00 PM
Esther Mohadeb - Brooklyn

Dearest young woman, We all stand with you and encourage you to speak your truth. You are doing a great service for the community and for all other survivors of abuse. I can't imagine the strength you must have. I hope this will bring you peace. No matter what they say, a young child never deserves or asks for anything. You are a role model for all of our young girls/boys who can't stand up for themselves. You're the voice they never had.

May God be with you


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174. Be strong     11/29/12 - 5:16 PM
Rebecca Deutsch - Englewood, NJ

Be strong, this is the most incredible trial (literally an figuratively) you will probably face in your life. People have to understand this is not an attack of Judaism and Orthodoxy... This is about a man in Orthodox clothing... A wolf in sheeps clothing... Unfortunately many (i image 1 out of every 50) who wear the Chassidishe garb wear it because their family does and to leave it ...even if one doesn't feel it ...would "ruin" their reputation and their children's chance of a good marriage....so they wear the clothes...they keep the payos and the beard and for some it means nothing... Behind closed doors they do "unchassidishe" things... Some dont keep Shabbos and others do worse...they are just like everyone else some good some bad.... And a very very select few are predators just like any other community.... It is not so shocking that someone with great connections to children would abuse that authority it happens a lot...these kinds of people seek out those jobs and seek out tortured youths that are vulnerable and would not be believed even if they dared open their mouths.... I believe this girls parents are going throu hell and they know their daughter and like any parent they would know if she were lying and they would not be supporting her and "paying the price" if they did notbelieve her 1000% ...she herself has been put through the wringer....the power against her is so strong that if she were a weaker person she would have given up long ago.... Please be strong... I know exactly what you are up against and the truth will prevail and he will be forgotten like all the others that were guilty before him... Maybe this will make new rules that counselors need to have open doors, video Surveilance or an assistant present to protect our children.

All my love and support be strong!!!


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175. Hope I'm Wrong...     11/29/12 - 5:38 PM
Anonymous

Unfortunately, I've had first hand experience with the court system in Brooklyn. Some of the lawyers there are a little too friendly with some of the judges. Since this case has generated a lot of media exposure, I'm hoping that the judge involved will be as objective as possible and not allow the "ol' boy network" to sway this case.

Since Satmar has a lot of political connections to this system, they know which lawyers are "connected" to which judges and may corrupt the trial in Webermans favor. There is nothing like the sanitizing effect of public exposure to keep this snake pit as clean as possible. Let's all hope it stays that way and Weberman gets what he deserves. Stay strong and persevere. U'viarto horo mekirbecha...


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176. WE LOVE YOU     11/29/12 - 9:02 PM
a former project yes mentor - Brooklyn, NY

Stay Strong, you are THE bravest girl I know!!


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177. A Queen On Her Throne     11/29/12 - 10:01 PM
Tzippy - Lakewood

After being in court today, I can only say that despite the defense attempting to break your reserve you stand steadfast and strong. The truth shines forth. The Shechina is with you! For those who can tap into it, you are a representation of humbleness and holiness.

I think it's important for all to realize the subtle nuances of intimidation by the defense counsel:

1. The defense is specifically asking compound and convoluted questions to trip you up on inconsistencies. It has been 20 hours for you on the stand with more to come tomorrow. The style of questioning is one tactic and the length of time is another. It is clear that they want to break your resolve. The judge and jurors (let alone the spectators) are all annoyed with the defense team as the questions are all irrelevant and meaningless to the context of the crimes. Yet, you remain unflinching and consistent despite their attempts to undermine. You amaze us!

2. The defense is striking a psychological war fare. After the first day or two, the defense started referring to the defendant as "Nechemya" when you had specifically referred to him as "the defendent." They are tactically trying to shake you up. To everyone's amazement you don't flinch. You take it in stride. You answer the questions with purpose and poise. You amaze us!

3. Furthermore, the defense causes both teams of attorneys to leave multiple times to the judge's chambers with no one there aside from the crowd of spectators and the jurors off to the back and side of the room isolating you to face your aggressor by yourself in the center of the court room. Yet you remain serious, composed, and calm. You continue to amaze us!

4. Yesterday you experienced his vile stare directed at you through the glass window which, I can only imagine, would cause inner turmoil and emotional upheaval. Yet, you continue to hold your own and make us proud! You amaze us!

5. Today, further witness intimidation occurred by his crew taking pics of you on the stand and spreading it around. Yet through it all, you remain a pillar of strength! You continue to amaze us!

We are so proud of your stance, your mission, your inner strength, and your pursuit of justice despite all of these stumbling blocks that are meant to deter you.

Hashem chose you as His messenger because He has faith in you to be the voice of all others who do not posses your courage and bravery. We are all behind you and support you! We look at you with PRIDE and think of you as a queen sitting upon her throne meting out justice.

With much love and admiration, Your loving family


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178.     11/29/12 - 10:12 PM
Brian Wiener - Melbourne Australia

You are very brave - kol hakavod!!


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179.     11/29/12 - 11:04 PM
Anonymous

Can tell you one thing no one knows what went on with the victem but one thousand percent all people here abused someone in there life since i know u all


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180. Stand tall     11/29/12 - 11:07 PM
Tova O - Brooklyn, NY

Please know that for every person who publicly shows support, there are many more who are silently cheering you on in the background. Kol hakavod!


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181. FROM ALL OF US 2 U & CO.     11/29/12 - 11:52 PM
Anonymous - NYBBP

Keep on trucking, you make us all so proud. Hold on just a little bit longer, it's soon to be over. Just one question For the Inquisitor if I may, what would Farkas bacsi like to be when he ROFL grows up? Have a peaceful Shabbos!


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182. Alee Ve'Hatzleechee     11/30/12 - 12:05 AM
Miriam Rubin - New York City, New York

No one should have to go through what you are going through. And coming forward and being public with it is extremely courageous of you, for you are instrumental in preventing this from occurring to others, chas vesholom.

May HKBH give you the fortitude to forge onward, and not be affected by the lies and distortions that blasphemers are painting your character with.

Unfortunately, the world we live in is an upside-down world, where wicked people appear righteous, and righteous people appear wicked.

By you standing up, and enduring so much hardships both publicly and privately, you are really ensuring that this doesn’t happen to another person, and thereby you are affecting them, and their future generations.

The world rests on Tzedek, Din, and Shalom. By you pursuing justice, you are supporting one of the three pillars of the world.

By even saving one Jews life, it is as if you saved a world, and clearly you are saving many many lives here.

I wish you much mazal and hatzlocha in your life, and thank you for making the world a better, safer, place.


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183. Survivors Stand Together     11/30/12 - 8:23 AM
Christopher Anderson - New York - canderson@malesurvivor.org

MaleSurvivor and its membership of male survivors of sexual abuse stand with the brave survivor in this case as she courageously takes the stand and attempts to hold the person who abuse her accountable. Sadly the character assassination on the part of the defense, and the intimidation tactics of part of the community are not uncommon responses in cases like this. It is outrageous that any person who has already survived so much should have to run this gauntlet as well. But, just as in the Sandusky case, we hope that this survivors strength and the support of her loved ones will win the day.

At least 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 16. Abuse does not discriminate on the basis of gender, faith, geography, or socioeconomic status. In order to put a stop to this public health crisis, and make no mistake it can be stopped, all of us must come together to say that abuse is never acceptable under any circumstances.

To all the survivors out there, please know that you are not alone. The abuse that you have endured is NOT your fault. And that it is absolutely possible to heal and to thrive.

Christopher Anderson Executive Director, Malesurvivor


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184. We Support You!     11/30/12 - 9:53 AM
Stephan Lieberman - Brooklyn, NY

Your courage and strength is to be admired. We wholeheartedly support and stand behind you and hope that Hashem watches over you and that your battle will result in helping and protecting many other children and young adults from suffering through similar ordeals. Kol Hakavod.


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185. They shame us all     11/30/12 - 11:08 AM
Anonymous

As a Jew and an incest survivor, I am apalled at the disgusting, immoral, repugnant behavior of those who are attacking the victim. They shame us all with their vileness.


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186. Stay strong     11/30/12 - 1:33 PM
Shmuel - New York

Don't be scared off by those pushing for a cover up. The fakers from the Va'ad Hatznius with their iPhones won't be tolerated by the community forever. .


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187. Stand With You     11/30/12 - 2:10 PM
Wayne - Kenosha, WI

You need to know that I, along with the majority of people stand with you at this difficult time. Be strong!


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188. Support for young lady     12/1/12 - 12:24 AM
Anonymous - San Francisco, CA

I am a psychotherapist and want to commend this young lady on her strength, courage and character. She embodies the true meaning of a righteous person. As a Jewish woman, I am so saddened by what this particular Hasidic sect has evolved into. It is not surprising that this group had fund raising for the alleged molester. They were simply following orders. When humans are programmed, divided, and controlled, those "leaders" become the corruption of power and the "others" simply become followers. So dangerous. Teaching and demanding a community to follow along with shunning, rejecting and fear as a beginning consequence is exactly what happened in Germany under Hitler. The Talmud says"Who can protest an injustice but does not is an accomplice to the Act". Somehow this group walked very far from the path of G-d. Thank this one young lady for rejecting the "rules" of silence and finding her voice. Moses would be proud!


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189. THE WEBERMAN FAMILY DENOUNCES NECHEMYA     12/1/12 - 7:39 AM
Alan Jules Weberman - New York

On behalf of the Weberman family, I Alan Weberman, son of Ezra Weberman, son of Herman Weberman, son of Ben Zion Weberman, son of Moshe Weberman expel this schtick D from the Weberman family. But it is not just him - it is those who covered up for him - Rabbi Meyer Weberman, and Rabbi Mordechai Weberman and all those Neturi Karta members and sympathizers in the Satmar community.


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190. Keep strong, I admire you!     12/1/12 - 2:35 PM
Another shefele

Dear Jane Doe, I admire your courage, at such a young age! I admire your priorities when you refused a $500,000 bribe and decided to go forward with the charges, despite all the intimidation that went with it.

You stood your ground, and I think that all the intimidation and bribe-attemps will backfire big time at Weberman.

It is important to make it clear to the community that abuse exists in their midst, and that it is exactly the contrary of torah values to shut up victims and keep perpetrators in good standing. In fact, this is very similar to the last sin of s'dom, when they punished a young girl for giving food to a beggar!

You are a great personality, and I cannot possibly imagine anyone else having such courage at such a young age!

I went through very slight abuse (fondling by father) and I was shut up, bashed and excluded by my family when I came out about it. It was very hard for me, although I was much older than you at that time.

Your courage and the fact that at last some supporters start to gather around you gives me strength too.


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191. Outraged!     12/1/12 - 2:43 PM
another shefele - Europe

I am outraged at Weberman's attorney's statement that "no holds are barred". i.e. he will go on a full force smear campaign, but I think it will backfire on his client, as will the intimidation and bribing campaign.

I love how the big media report about the trial. Finally, you reached a territory where Weberman is not the big macher, but a despicable hypocrite (who will bring quite some discredit onto his community). Finally, you reached a stage where the roles are reversed. You had tremendous strength to get there. I admire you!

Thank you also to all the people who support you in the courtroom and outside. You do not only support her, but all the victims of abuse who are not believed, intimidated, shut up... Even from afar, it is good to see that not everyone believes the hypocrite...


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192.     12/1/12 - 2:45 PM
Anonymous

"One would have hoped that a person who dresses in the garb of a Chassidishe Yid"

If he wanted to avoid shaming his community, he should have shaved, cut off his peyes and worn blue jeans and a sweat shirt! T0o bad for his community if the newspapers are full of pictures of hassid in hassidic garb being tried for unspeakable acts of abuse!


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193. You're in our hearts in Jerusalem     12/1/12 - 4:08 PM
Chana Jenny Weisberg@JewishMOM.com

You are in my thoughts and prayers. May Hashem bless you from now on with only revealed good.


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194. Be strong and tough it out     12/1/12 - 4:16 PM
Isaac Balbin - Melbourne/Australia - isaac@balb.in

Dear Survivor,

When you have achieved justice, come to Melbourne and encourage the victims of Malka Leifer to have the courage to speak up and have her extradited to Australia to face charges. The Charedi female victims are terrified to this day. I've left my contact details if you have the strength to do this.


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195. Stand Strong     12/2/12 - 2:08 AM
R.S. - Ramat Beit Shemesh

Stand Tall and strong. You know the emes and the Satan/Yetzer Harah wants evil to rule the world.

It is only brave and courageous people like you that can stop this horrible evil. Know that even though they will try to destroy you, you have thousands of (frum) people who love you, support you and feel for you, especially for the gehinom that you have gone through. Hashem loves you the most, even if it may be hard for you to understand. (Maybe this whole, terrible thing happened is so you can get this filth away from the world. Remember We LOVE YOU.


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196. Other victims, testify!     12/2/12 - 6:26 AM
Another shefele - Europe

I beg the other victims of Weberman to take the witness stand against him. I know, it is hard, but Jane Doe has shown such an example of heroism and fortitute, pleas, do not leave her alone, take action, help her! If you know things about Webermann that corroborate her declarations, come forward! Why should Jane Doe bear the burden alone? What if because of your lack of testimony Weberman is acquitted? Follow Jane doe's example, be a witness!


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197.     12/2/12 - 6:35 AM
SYN - Ramat Beit Shemesh

May you experience Yeshuos on every level, and be zoche to a personal Yetiyas Mitzrayim.


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198.     12/2/12 - 7:14 AM
Samuel - Lakewood

Alan Jules Weberman, are you the son of Ezra, son of Herman, the Brother of Benzion, the son of Moshe?


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199. # 196     12/2/12 - 11:36 AM
Sherree

You are right. Maybe if they don't have the courage to testify they could at least give signed affidavits and maybe video taped testimony from the DA himself with possibly an offer to be questioned In a closed courtroom with no spectators and no press. Or questioned in the judges chamber or something like that.


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200. We are hurting, pleeease Help us!     12/2/12 - 12:31 PM
Tzoin Kodoshim - mi'kol me'komos she'hein

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Here you have an opportunity of a lifetime, to save thousands of shefelech, past, present and future from all over the world. That is, from this perp including Enablers and from other perps all the way to the Top, such as in Overseas vechulay vechulay.

Becherposeinu, it is rotten to the core, and only such can knock them all out of commission once and for all. Ve'chol hamatzil shefele achas mi'yisrael, ke'ilu hitzil shefelech oretz um'loiah me'ato ve'ad oilom.

We shefelech therefore plead ve'Shoiagim Hayshay Na hayshay Na Tzoin Kodoshim Hayshay Na and pray to the Riboinei kol oilomim, oy vey gevalt in geshrien...

Y'hei rotzoin mil'fanecha, she'tosim di'moiseinu be'noiodcho li'hyos, Ve'satsi'leinu mi'kol GE'ZEIROS KO'SHOIS VE'ACHZORIYOIS, ki LE'CHO le'vad ei'neinu t'luyois!

We kinderlech and shefelech of Tzoin b'nei Avraham Yitchak Ve'yaakov, if you can only find the courage in your hearts in protecting all the crying and hurting shefelech of yesterday, today and tomorrow, to come forth and contribute in wiping away all our tears, she'lo yi'shama od shod ve'shever b'yisrael. Yes, we all compassionately understand that it is painful for more reasons than one, however, we firmly believe that there is a better way somehow to remain in the background and Reb Yanki Horowitz Shlit'a can and will gladly guide you. In the z'chus of this Mitzva of hatzoles Tzon Yaakov and Hashem's shefelech and zisse ne'shumelech, shlu'chei mitzvos e'non ni'zakin.

Thank you SO MUCH for your consideration. Tzoin Kodoshim


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201. We stand with you!     12/3/12 - 12:37 AM
Rodney Havemeyer - ny

Survivors ....

We stand with you as you put your effort into fighting the good fight. stand strong b/c other survivors are standing with you. Yasher koach to you and your family for being so strong. Many people are not so strong


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202. Just Be An Ehrliche Yid     12/4/12 - 8:03 AM
Yakov Spil - Chicago,IL

Anyone, who has knowledge of how therapists operate, knows meeting with someone so often for SO LONG is beyond the norm and to me IS the raglayim l'dovor in this case for a few reasons.

1)A proper ehrliche yid would not have operated in such a way so as to distance himself from >any< chashash of impropriety.

2) A proper therapist has training that they must never cross a professional line of conduct. They are friendly and available, but there is a great deal of discussion about how to be professionally distanced. Meeting 4 times a WEEK for 4 HOURS EACH session is the opposite completely.

3) How much more so when we are talking about Yidden who must conduct themselves with "Yoreisa M'Elokecha" in all they do. As others have mentioned, "v'hiyisem n'kiyim" is a bedrock of our hanhogos in bein adom l'chaveiro.

Honestly, I struggled with whether to write. It pains me to no end that we are talking about ehrlicheh yidden. Many of you have crossed over to cynicism about chareidishe Yidden. I cannot. But after reading comments from so many yidden, some who I know, and knowing the great work Rabbi Horowitz does, I know which team to be on. Whatever Rabbi Horowitz does is the epitome of v'asisa ha'yashar v'hatov. THAT is the team to be on.

For the victim and her family, it is poshut u'borur that you are doing the right thing when there is such geferliche opposition. When standing in the face of such intimidation, it is clear it has only strengthened your resolve. Always remember that Shomayim will show you in clear ways in years to come that you did the right thing. The dust will settle and the emes zol aroiskumen for all to see. Never forget Hashem's ahavah for you.


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203. STAND STRONG - BE STRONG     12/5/12 - 8:05 AM
Francine Litz - Ambler, PA - franlitz@gmail.com

You are an incredible woman to report this and to take it further. We are behind you. So when you feel tired or at the end of your wits, just look behind you and you will see thousands of us standing behind you supporting you. This monster needs to be put in jail and you are doing it! I wish I was near you so I could hug you and shake your hand.


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204. chazak v'amatz     12/6/12 - 2:51 PM
Ahuvah - RBS, Israel

To the victim of this wolf in chassid's clothing - be strong! You are doing the right thing, and the harder it is for you to do it, the more you know that it is the right thing to do. Hashem is watching all of us, and He is the only true Judge. If i could get to the NYC courtroom from israel, i'd come with a big sign of support.


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205. WOW !! What a wonderful organization     12/6/12 - 11:57 PM
Zev Shifferman - Brooklyn

This week, I attended a program by a new organization called Magenu (www.Magenu.org) which is training all the schools in Brooklyn (Parents/ teachers/kids) about safety.

It was so wonderful and educational. The children at the yeshivas who are implementing their program will 100% be much safer from these terrible people.


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206. Congratulations     12/10/12 - 2:58 PM
Another shefele - Europe

Congratulations, my hero who stood by so many trials and tribulations and ultimately brought the predator to a fall, single-handedly!

I still urge the other victims of the same predator to come forward. It was not OK to let one person do all the work for you, suffer all the abuse from the satmar community and the predator's croonies! Come forward now to convince Satmer that this convicition is not a miscarriage of justice, but a well-deserved sentence for very real crimes!

I expect Yossy Gestetener, the Satmar Rabbi, Itzhak Frankfurter and all those who went to the Weberman fundraiser to apologize to this victim of Weberman in particular and to all the other victims in general!


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207. Sad     12/10/12 - 7:32 PM
Anonymous

Sad day for klal yisroel as one yid gets put away for life and another gets to go live her life in peace but all klal yisroel could do is be excited on a family tzar. A family is suffering now cause there father is put away and fact is no one knows the real truth here cause its all he says she says. There was no physical evidence. Ww2 came cause yidden turned on there own and the same is happening to our klal now so ppl please be careful what you say to the press or write in public cause the world is watchng,!


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208.     12/10/12 - 10:19 PM
Lisenced therapist

We support you!


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210. RABBI HOROWITZ IS A REAL HERO HE IS THE ONLY PERSON THAT STANDS FOR JUSTICE YOU ARE ANGEL     4/1/14 - 10:16 PM
Anonymous

Dear Mr Polatseck, you are shooting on the messenger rather than the message.I find it unfairly that you are bashing Rabbi Horowitz that fights for justice for victims. I had a fight with a kid in a yeshiva when I was 16 years old and my shoulder got dislocated.They never called police or was there any justice done.I got sexual abused by an orthodox person when I was a child.I never got any justice done.I am suffering every second of my life because this abuses, but in your eyes its not the victims that count but rather the perpetrators.

Imagine yourself getting sexual abused and beaten up, would you mind this at all,am I correct? That you as a victim you would not go after the perpetrator? Satmar does extremely nice chesed and helps a lot of people but that does not want to say that if there is rotten apples in the community they should not get punished.

I wrote everything in a civil way.I hope that you will follow the 1rst amendment from this constitution to have freedom of speech and let my comment on your blog,as an result we can have a fair debate on this issue.

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