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Melbourne, Australia - Judge Orders Ultra-Orthodox School To Pay Sexually Abused Student $1M

Published on: September 16, 2015 12:56 PM
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Adass Israel School in Elsternwick.Adass Israel School in Elsternwick.

Melbourne, Australia - In what is being heralded as a landmark case, a Supreme Court justice has ordered an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school to fork over $1M to a sexually abused student after school board members attempted to cover up the abuse and then aided its molesting principal in fleeing the country to Israel within hours of the story going public.

The Age (http://goo.gl/0uNgTX) reports that allegations by the student that she was repeatedly molested by then-Adass Israel principal Malka Leifer broke in 2008, and within hours emergency crisis talks were convened by the school’s committee of management—-after which Ms. Leifer boarded the next flight to Israel under the cover of darkness.

In his ruling, Supreme Court judge Justice Jack Rush called Ms. Leifer’s actions “monstrous,” while deriding the school board’s behavior as “likely motivated by a desire to conceal her wrongdoing and confine and isolate the conduct and its consequences to within the Adass community.”

An Australian legal expert said that the ruling sets a precedent that would “strike terror into the hearts” of schools embroiled in abuse scandals across the country.

Mrs Leifer, a mother of eight, was arrested in Israel in August 2014 and is facing extradition to Australia, where she is wanted on 74 counts of sexual assault.


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 Sep 16, 2015 at 01:03 PM Sherree Says:

Its about time this was taken seriously, and schools were held accountable.

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 Sep 16, 2015 at 02:34 PM Anonymous Says:

The school board did what was required under Jewish Law in that particular situation: they dismissed her immediately and threw her out of town. Her misdeeds were not covered up - unlike the school in which she served prior to that position, which was aware of her wrongdoing (for which they dismissed her) but did not notify further.

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 Sep 16, 2015 at 06:37 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Since when did Israel allow extradition of Jews?

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 Sep 16, 2015 at 08:50 PM eliezer318 Says:

Perhaps some sort of psychological screening should be put in place for all those who work with minors. Seriously...

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 Sep 16, 2015 at 10:10 PM Normal Says:

#2 Are you crazy? And what about Mandatory Reporting? She raped her students and Adass gave her a ticket out of Melbourne. Did she reoffend in Israel? If your daughter and friends were raped would you just tell the rapist to go overseas and everything will be alright? And instead of supporting the victim, they fought her in the Supreme Court saying that Leifer wasn't the head-mistress and she was never employed by Adass School.

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 Sep 17, 2015 at 01:01 AM Report Abuse Says:

At the time of the principal's arrest in Israel, Australian Jewish News reported that Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, who is the Rabbinic Council of Victoria’s liaison to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, said: The Rabbinic Council applauds the victim(s) for having the courage to come forward to the police. The Rabbinic Council repeats its longstanding resolution that the prohibition of MESIRAH [reporting to secular authorities] has ABSOLUTELY NO RELEVANCE IN CASE OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN.
If you know of a child who is being sexually abused chas veshalom, call the police immediately to report this horrible crime!!!! You will be fulfilling the mitzvah of "lo sa'amod al dam reyacho" - do not stand by while your brother's blood is being spilled. Many respected Rabbanim in the U.S. are signing a Kol Korei urging to call the police to report child abuse. These Rabbanim include Rav Yechiel Perr; Rav Gershon Tannenbam; Rav Dovid Goldwasser; Rav Aryeh Ralbag; Harav Haim Benoliel; Harav Chaim Schabes; Harav Elozor Ginsberg; Harav Yosef Bechhofer; Harav Michel Twerski; and Harav Eliezer Gibber. For a full list of Rabbanim see Mishpacha Aug. 26, 2015

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 Sep 17, 2015 at 07:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Normal Says:

#2 Are you crazy? And what about Mandatory Reporting? She raped her students and Adass gave her a ticket out of Melbourne. Did she reoffend in Israel? If your daughter and friends were raped would you just tell the rapist to go overseas and everything will be alright? And instead of supporting the victim, they fought her in the Supreme Court saying that Leifer wasn't the head-mistress and she was never employed by Adass School.

(i) I stated that the school board did what was required under Jewish Law and you respond with a question based on civil law?
(2) She was not givien a ticket out of Melbourne. She was run out of town. She was told to leave on the next flight, despite the fact that her son was celebrating his bar mitzvah a day or two later.
(3) WRT rape: check what Jewish Law has to say over that particular matter and report back. You may have to restate your claims.

I am not condoning her actions in any way. And if the civil authorities succeed in extraditing her and charging her in Australia, I shall be extremely happy. However under Jewish Law, nothing can be done except what was done. The Rav who paskened that decision is a thoroughly responsible and experienced halachic authority who does not really have to rely on the likes of yourself to reach his decisions.

The victim, by turning to the civil courts and extorting money from the community where the halachah does not permit, has now placed herself in an extremely difficult position.

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 Sep 17, 2015 at 07:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Report Abuse Says:

At the time of the principal's arrest in Israel, Australian Jewish News reported that Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, who is the Rabbinic Council of Victoria’s liaison to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, said: The Rabbinic Council applauds the victim(s) for having the courage to come forward to the police. The Rabbinic Council repeats its longstanding resolution that the prohibition of MESIRAH [reporting to secular authorities] has ABSOLUTELY NO RELEVANCE IN CASE OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN.
If you know of a child who is being sexually abused chas veshalom, call the police immediately to report this horrible crime!!!! You will be fulfilling the mitzvah of "lo sa'amod al dam reyacho" - do not stand by while your brother's blood is being spilled. Many respected Rabbanim in the U.S. are signing a Kol Korei urging to call the police to report child abuse. These Rabbanim include Rav Yechiel Perr; Rav Gershon Tannenbam; Rav Dovid Goldwasser; Rav Aryeh Ralbag; Harav Haim Benoliel; Harav Chaim Schabes; Harav Elozor Ginsberg; Harav Yosef Bechhofer; Harav Michel Twerski; and Harav Eliezer Gibber. For a full list of Rabbanim see Mishpacha Aug. 26, 2015

Jeez, a whole Sanhedrin of them. It's one way to become famous I suppose.

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 Sep 17, 2015 at 09:48 PM Normal Says:

#7 By saying they did what was required according to jewish law sounds like they acted correctly and deflects the fact that they seriously transgressed civil law and did the wrong thing. You seem to be saying that "Dina D'Malchusa Dina" does not apply to Adass.

And by condoning
"The Rav who paskened that decision is a thoroughly responsible and experienced halachic authority who does not really have to rely on the likes of yourself to reach his decisions."
you are saying the Rov was correct in sending her away. And if he Ch'vsh ends up in jail because he was under Mandatory Reporting and didn't contact the police will you still arrogantly say he doesn't need to listen to civil authorities?

Do you think a rapist is a Rodef? Lefier did it before she came here, when she was here and I presume is still doing it in Israel. Does that bother you?

"The victim, by turning to the civil courts and extorting money from the community where the halachah does not permit, has now placed herself in an extremely difficult position." Wow, words fail me. I wish you a refuah shelaimah.

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 Sep 19, 2015 at 09:09 PM Chuchem Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Jeez, a whole Sanhedrin of them. It's one way to become famous I suppose.

Some people become famous by raping children. Other people become famous by protecting them. Which side do you belong to?

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 Sep 19, 2015 at 10:14 PM Normal Says:

#7 belongs to the Adass board of management and is trying to justify the rape of dozens of girls. We have not heard a peep from them except for the fact Adass is fighting the girls in the Supreme Court and lying when they say Leifer wasn't the headmistress and wasn't employed by the school. But then lying in the Supreme Court under oath in not a lav min hatorah, only loshon horo is. Leifer is a unrepentant and dangerous rodef who belongs in jail. Read what the Rush said in The Australian newspaper 19th September about Adass and Leifer. Everyone can google it.

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 Sep 20, 2015 at 05:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Normal Says:

#7 By saying they did what was required according to jewish law sounds like they acted correctly and deflects the fact that they seriously transgressed civil law and did the wrong thing. You seem to be saying that "Dina D'Malchusa Dina" does not apply to Adass.

And by condoning
"The Rav who paskened that decision is a thoroughly responsible and experienced halachic authority who does not really have to rely on the likes of yourself to reach his decisions."
you are saying the Rov was correct in sending her away. And if he Ch'vsh ends up in jail because he was under Mandatory Reporting and didn't contact the police will you still arrogantly say he doesn't need to listen to civil authorities?

Do you think a rapist is a Rodef? Lefier did it before she came here, when she was here and I presume is still doing it in Israel. Does that bother you?

"The victim, by turning to the civil courts and extorting money from the community where the halachah does not permit, has now placed herself in an extremely difficult position." Wow, words fail me. I wish you a refuah shelaimah.

It appears that you only pay heed to civil law.

First learn (perhaps ask a rabbi) what dina d'malchusa dina actually means.
Secondly find out (perhaps ask a rabbi) how Jewish Law defines rape (hint: just like civil law, until a few years ago).
Then find out how Jewish Law defines a rodef (perhaps ask a rabbi)
Then find out (perhaps ask a rabbi) more about how testimony works in Jewish Law.
I could go on but you reall have so much to learn that it's a waste of my time going into all the details.

I fully understand your anger. If my child would have been involved ch"v, the lady would not have been driven out of town, I can assure you. She would have been food for the fish - but unfortunately that's not condoned by Jewish Law either. As Jews we have to conduct ourselves according to the Torah. If the goy wants to punish us for doing so, we must accept that as well.
As a matter of fact, the contempt and hatred exhibited by the judge against the community was all too evident in his summing up and ruling. But the aussies are well known for their xenophobia - unless the foreigners happen to be nazi fugitives.

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 Sep 20, 2015 at 07:57 AM Anonymous Says:

In reply to #5, 9, 11: I am not, and never have been a member of the Adass board of management. I have never beem a member of that congregation. I have not been in Melbourne for over 20 years.
I just happen to have spent time learning, and thus know a little.
I would sincerely ask you to do the same.

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