Manny Waks was abused in Melbourne’s orthodox Jewish community two decades ago.
He’s been on my radar for a while, but a commentator just sent me two recent documentaries (2014) where he and his family are telling the real story of what happened to him.
It’s entitled ‘An Orthodox Jewish father breaks his silence’.
He’s very brave to explain what happened to him, and the terrible impact it had both on him, and his family.
And his parents are also very brave, for telling their story publically.
They have been ostracised by their community for telling the truth – and it’s also caused so many problems within the family itself.
This is so very hard, for everyone who is involved.
But the main point here, is that we all need to stop covering this up.
This is much harder than it sounds, for many reasons.
We will come back to this topic of how to stop covering this stuff up in more detail very soon – in an halachically appropriate way.
This is the second documentary:
It particularly focuses on how the Chabad rabbis in Melbourne tried to cover all this up, and how they blacklisted Zephaniah Waks and his family, and made sure they were ostracised from the community for speaking out.
This is a screenshot of a text that a senior Chabad rabbi sent to Zeddy Lawrence, editor of the Australian Jewish News, attacking Zephaniah Waks during the Royal Commission proceedings where Chabad rabbis in Melbourne were put on the stand to explain their actions:
How can anyone justify this?
Please watch, and come to your own conclusions.
And while we’re at it, don’t forget THIS:
And this is not just happening in Chabad, or in Gur, or in Melbourne.
It’s happening in so many of the ‘orthodox’ communities, that devolved from Jonathan Eybshutz’s Sabbetean disciples and descendants.
It’s time to get to grips with this issue once and for all, and to uproot this terrible poison.
A friend just emailed me this. It so sums things up.
Also, I just had to remove the ‘Chabad’ tag from this post, as it wasn’t loading the site even for me.
This is one of the myriad ways all this information continues to be censored, so the abusers can continue abusing, while we all sit here none the wiser to what is really going oin…
Ad matai, Tatty?
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