Israeli Chief Rabbi Rav Dovid Lau wrote an open letter to educators Sunday evening in which he calls for them to “open their eyes” and deal with any and every instance of child abuse of any kind.
A portion of the letter, as translated by Arutz Sheva, reads:
“To my great pain we’ve recently been witness to horrific cases of abuse in our midst, cases in which children were hurt in their houses and their schools. How painful it is to hear that the very places which are supposed to provide a feeling of safety and security for our children, have become places of fear… Burying our heads in the sand is not the answer in these difficult and painful matters. Every individual must know that he bears responsibility for what goes on around him, even if it doesn’t involve him personally.”
“I feel disgusted by the very fact that we have to address these matters, but address them we must… As those who dedicate their lives to providing better education, you bear an even greater responsibility to look around and devote your full attention to anything that might damage the souls of our precious youth… Under no circumstances should these things be swept under the rug. We can’t avoid dealing with phenomena that, unless they are stopped, can cause great damage to so many more people in the future.”
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel News Bureau