Halacha Instead of Morals: How ultra-Orthodox Sex Offenders Justify Their Actions

Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz
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It was evening in Jerusalem, time for Friday night prayers at a synagogue in the city’s Bukharim neighborhood. A boy sat down next to an adult man. Other worshippers started yelling to the boy to get up and move, said Yitzhak Rosenblum, who witnessed the incident. “Not there. Sit somewhere else,” they urged the boy, who didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

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