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Throughout the last decade we have heard story after story of child molestation scandals and cover ups occurring in all parts of the world including all kinds of prominent people many times even various religious authorities. When scandal brewed within the Catholic Church, it was found out that the cover up by the church was even a bigger embarrassment then the allegations themselves. It’s known that many people were turned away from the church, due to the fact that they felt that the church was not interested in digging through its own dirt. They felt however, that even the respectable figures that weren’t involved in these crimes would rather cover up the allegations then possibly blemish the good reputation of their religion. Is this cover up phenomenon only found in the Vatican or does it occur in other religions as well.

If the Jewish Beit din Los Angeles received allegations about prominent figures in their community, involved in these immoral acts, what would be their response? Would the Beit din Los Angeles attempt to cover up the situation and remedy it by their own means or would they report the allegations to the police authority for them to conduct their own investigations? What would the Beit din Los Angeles do if they knew that by publicizing this information they would lose community members faith as well as charitable revenue? Is their even a biblical commandment requiring them to take a certain action in such a case?

The Torah commands any Jewish judge “do not fear the repercussions of any man”. What this means to say is that even if the defendant in this case is a very rich or powerful person and you may lose popularity or money by punishing him, you must not even take that into account when his case comes before you. He must be judged by you the same way as if he is a stranger that has no benefits to you or the community. Assuming the Beit din Los Angeles adheres to the Torah as they should, they would not turn a blind eye on such allegations even when they are brought on a prominent figure in the community. They must investigate the matter and if the allegations are true, they must notify the public and make sure the man is removed from his position. These days however, because the Beit din Los Angeles cannot carry out the Torah mandated capital punishment, they must turn the information they have over to the proper authorities for them to carry out the law. The Talmud explains that “the law of the land is the law”. This means that if the law in Los Angeles is that pedophilia is illegal and the torah law deems pedophilia illegal and punishable by death, if the Beit din Los Angeles cannot meet out the death sentence, they must turn him over to the law to be punished. If the Beit din Los Angeles follows these Torah guidelines they would not only save themselves much future embarrassment, they would also not lose any charitable donations because the torah observing community of Los Angeles would respect their leaders for standing up when other leaders didn’t.
   
 
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width=112   Rabbi Aryeh Greenes was conferred his first and second professional degrees in Rabbinical Jurisprudence on 1980 and 1982 respectively.  He graduated with a 3.8 GPA from Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, New Jersey, one of the leading rabbinical academies in the world.  He continued his scholarship with a fellowship at KBY in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was conferred “Yorah” and “Yadin” semicha ordinations. Rabbi Greenes led a twenty-five year career between lecturing in Rabbinical Seminaries on Jewish Law and Ethics, Business Consultation and successfully representing many clients through t.. more
 
 
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