(AKA: Rabbi Hillel Handler)
|Rabbi William Handler is an |
alleged enabler of sexual offenders
Union of Orthodox Rabbis - New York, NY
Congregation Yetev Lev D'Satmar - (Williamsburg) Brooklyn, NY
- Bork Nomination Day 12, Part 3 (09/30/1987)
- Rabbinic Defenders of Convicted Rabbi Wengarten Serving a 30 Year Sentence On Molestation Charges Will Appear Saturday Night (02/05/2011)
- Rabbi William Handler's Attack on Israel (12/13/2011)
- Rabbi William Handler Speaking Outside The Board of Health (09/30/2012)
- Molestation Cases Must Be Handled by G’dolim, Not by ‘Experts’ (05/26/2013)
Rabbi Handler's presentation starts at 27 minutes.
December 13, 2011
Rabbi William Handler Speaking Outside The Board of Health
VIN News - September 13, 2012
New York City's Board of Health has voted to require parental consent for a form of circumcision that involves oral suction.
The board voted 9-0 Thursday to require that anyone performing the ritual practiced by some ultra-Orthodox Jews obtain written consent from a parent or guardian.
The parents will have to sign a form acknowledging that the city Health Department advises against the practice because of risks of herpes and other infections.
The Health Department says there have been 11 confirmed cases of herpes simplex since 2004 in newborn boys after circumcisions that likely involved direct oral suction. Two of the infants died.
Defenders of the practice said they will ignore the new rule.
Rabbi William Handler of Brooklyn said the circumcision ritual is 3,000 years old and is safe.
Jewish Press - May 26, 2013
Rabbi William Handler is member of The Bris Milah Anti-Defamation League, which endorses metzitzah b'peh. He was also a supporter of Rabbi Yisroel Moshe Weingarten, convicted of molesting his daughter. I'm mentioning these two facts up front, so that they not become the topic of discussion by our readers. Rabbi Handler probably has very little in common with our Zionist, pro-Israel editorial policy, nor does he probably endorse our view that the Internet can be used sanely by educated religious Jews. Yet, when he sent us the following article for publication, I was struck by one important argument he is making which we, as a religious community, should debate:
Do we want the City and State child welfare authorities, as well as the City and State legal systems, to be automatically in charge of cases of child abuse in our community? Rabbi Handler says we don't—and tries to argue in favor of turning to Gdolei Yisroel to supervise and even try these cases.
Personally, I don't believe the author is making a successful argument, in light of the colossal failure of our religious leaders to respond, much less supervise and try, in one abuse case after another. But, those failures aside, is Rabbi Handler wrong in proposing that when we invite the secular authorities into our community, we're doing this to our own detriment? Should we accept that our Gedolim simply will not measure up to this challenge?
- Is the accuser really telling the truth, or is he a skilled liar, who seeks to settle a score with the accused, gain custody of children in a divorce case, or just plain do harm to someone for any reason at all?
- Do prosecutors always do their job properly; do they always seek justice?
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