To say it’s been a difficult year for our community would be a gross understatement. The Royal Commission case study exposed us to the world, warts and all. The evidence from victims and their family members confronted us with their pain and suffering. The fallout has ripped our community apart, and opened up the deep rifts that lay festering beneath the surface for years. As we stand at the end of the Jewish year, we can look…
Following the Royal Commission hearing into the Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, David Werdiger has written several articles. With a lot of the focus on the Jewish law of “mesirah”, David points out that criticism of the AFP’s handling of the Bali Nine is actually the asserting the very same legal principle. “Knowing that a citizen would be subject to a legal system far more severe than our own, the AFP would not hand someone over to that jurisdiction”….
After the death of a young member of the community, David Werdiger considers the inherent conflict between the workings of communities, and that of the justice system. The challenge of community is to retain the benefits of our connectedness and avoid the injustices that often come with the territory. [Times of Israel]
David Werdiger analysis the allegations made against Rabbi Glick that were ultimately found to be false. Was this a case of overzealous or irresponsible advocacy? What are the ethical boundaries of using the media to encourage possible additional victims to come forward? [Times of Israel]
David Werdiger considers four themes that challenge us when members of our community – often those who are respected and have authority – are suspected or found guilty of terrible crimes. By understanding why these cases conflict us, we can deal with them more reasonably. [Jews Down Under, Times of Israel and J-Wire].
What are cultural drivers within our community that stand as an impediment to us effectively dealing with domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and other social issues? On White Ribbon Day, David Werdiger takes a look at how Orthodox Jewish attitudes and cultures are standing in the way of dealing with abuse, and how the problems we have covered up in the past only fester and get worse if we don’t deal with them. Read it at J-Wire, Times of…
After the controversy over Rabbi Kenneth Brander‘s visit to Australia, this piece takes issue with an organisation that doesn’t appear to be standing by its name, and where things are going wrong in dealing with child sex abuse. [News & Views from Jews Down Under]