Legislators of all religious backgrounds would be wise to remember that one out of five of your constituents has been the victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18, although many have not been vocal about it.
When facing your own conscience and being tempted to play politics with the lives of innocent children, remember that NO God, not the God believed in by Jews, Christians or Muslims (and not even the God that atheists reject), could possibly countenance the violation of innocent children.
Rabbi Dr. Asher Lipner
One of the most famous dictums in the tort laws of the Talmud states “Adam Muad Le’olam”: A person is always responsible (for the damage he/she does). Furthermore, every Jewish person has a Biblical obligation to speak out for children’s safety: “Thou shall not stand by idly thy neighbor’s blood.”
We must all come together in support of our children and pray that the One Merciful God, will in His infinite wisdom, truth and justice, grant our Legislature the common sense and the courage needed to enact both the (New York) Child Victims Act and other legislation to protect the children He has entrusted to us.
Rabbi Dr. Asher Lipner, Ph.D., is an ordained Orthodox Rabbi with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology who serves as Vice-President of the Jewish Board of Advocates for Children. The opinions expressed in this article are his and do not necessarily reflect the position of any organization.
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