Rabbis misbehaving: Lessons from sex abuse scandals in the Jewish community
We rabbis have the responsibility to stand up for what is right when no one else does.
In Pireki Avot 2:6 Hillel says, “In a place where there are no people, strive to be a person.” In this short, but crucial, text of Jewish wisdom, we are reminded of our responsibility to stand up for what is right when no one else does. In a world where it is easy to claim we are innocent bystanders, to skate by fulfilling our minimum obligations, we are required by our tradition to rise up and be the...
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