When confronting some of the most difficult and painful issues in our community, sometimes our most immediate response is silence. Rabbi Yakov Horowitz turns to Torah to explain how this response is unacceptabl... e in the face of child abuse, giving us insight into the effects of this trauma, and how the Jewish community can lovingly respond to it. Using principles from Torah and contemporary psychology, Rabbi Horowitz bravely calls us to action, living his function as a “voice for the voiceless.” This talk was produced in partnership with The Covenant Foundation. See lessSee more
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There aren't many haredi (ultra-Orthodox) rabbis either in Israel or the US who tackle sensitive issues such as child abuse, drug taking and smoking by wayward children, adult extremism and carelessness that leads to preventable accidents head on.
An orphan is someone who buries a parent. An orphaned generation buries its children. We are rapidly becoming an orphaned generation as we are losing more and more of our beautiful children, young adults, and adults to overdoses and suicides.
The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested. Old friends started walking stonily past him and his family on the streets of Williamsburg.
Founder and Dean | Yeshiva Darchei Noam
Rabbi Yakov Horowitz is the founder and dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey, and founder and Director of Project Y.E.S. (Youth Enrichment Services). He is the author of two books, Growing with the Parsha and Living and Parenting, and has produced a whole host of best-selling parenting audio-visual materials. He is a regular contributor on Torah, educational, and parenting topics to The Jewish Observer, The Jewish Press, Mishpacha, and Hamodia. Rabbi Horowitz was awarded the 2002 Rockland Educator of the Year Award, and received national recognition as a recipient of the coveted Grinspoon-Steinhart Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. In 2008, The Covenant Foundation awarded Rabbi Horowitz with the prestigious Covenant Award, presented to outstanding Jewish educators in North America.