Saturday, October 02, 2004

The Power of a Word: Rabbi Arthur Green Calling for the Death of Child Victim Advocates

The Power of a Word: Rabbi Arthur Green Calling for the Death of Child Victim Advocates
The Awareness Center - October 2, 2004 
Rabbi Arthur Green - Dean, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College Newton MA
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Phone: 617-559-8626   Email:
The following information was recently forward to The Awareness Center. The message provided below is posted on a blog (something like a bulletin board). Due to my lack of knowledge of Hebrew and Torah I had to ask one of our volunteers for the definition of a rodef. Below is the response: 
"din rodef" - the Jewish law of rodef, which literally means one who chases and refers to a license to kill someone who intends to kill someone else.
Basically, a rodef can be killed on sight. You can't break the Sabbath to save the life of a rodef.
People publicly called Rabin a rodef. Many feel this contributed to the atmosphere in which Rabin was murdered. Din rodef was used as a justification for his murder.
Rabbi Arthur Green has put members of The Awareness Center, Rabbi Yosef Blau, Rabbi Heshie Billet, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the women who have been "allegedly" sexually assaulted and attempted sexually assaulted by Rabbi Gafni and all of the child victim advocates who have supported the "alleged victim/survivors" at risk of harm. The Awareness Center is demanding that Rabbi Arthur Green make a public appology for making such a dangerous of statement. 
If any harm should come to any of the survivors, Rabbi Blau, Rabbi Billet, Rabbi Riskin, the board members of The Awareness Center, or any of the victim advocates connected to making the case of Rabbi Mordechai/Marc Gafni/Winarz public -- Rabbi Arthur Green should be held responsible. 
Vicki Polin, Executive Director

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