Haredi Author Chaim Walder’s Suicide Is a Reminder That His Victims Have Been Abandoned

The Israeli police have shown no desire to tackle even the most serious crimes in the ultra-Orthodox community, where sexual abuse is taboo

Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer

This is how Behadrei Haredim, the Israeli ultra-Orthodox website that bills itself as the “largest Haredi site in the world,” reported on Monday the suicide of author and educator Chaim Walder, who was accused of multiple cases of rape and sexual assault of women and minors: “Sad news: The renowned author and famed educator for many years Rabbi Chaim Walder of blessed memory has passed away at the age of 53. Walder wrote over 80 books for adults and children and founded the ‘Children Talk About Themselves’ network of summer camps. We will update you with the time of his funeral.”

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