ECAJ Condemns Rabbi Manis Friedman’s Comments on Child Sexual Abuse

1st February 2013

ECAJ President, Dr Danny Lamm, and Executive Director, Peter Wertheim, said today that they were “appalled and dismayed” by comments made earlier this week by American Rabbi Manis Friedman. In a video-taped interview posted on YouTube and since removed, Rabbi Friedman questioned whether sexual abuse is a big averah (sin) and sought to minimise the damage done to victims of child abuse.

Lamm and Wertheim said:

These statements are breath-taking in their ignorance and insensitivity. Rabbi Friedman should publicly retract them and apologise without delay. His views are completely at variance with prevailing rabbinical opinion in Australia.

We endorse the statement of Rabbi Moshe Gutnick on behalf of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia (ORA) condemning Rabbi Friedman’s comments as utterly incorrect and potentially causing further harm to victims of child sexual abuse.

Contact:

Peter Wertheim AM | Executive Director
phone: 02 8353 8500 | m: 0408 160 904 | fax 02 9361 5888
e: pwertheim@ecaj.org.au | www.ecaj.org.au