Should Rav Motti Elon Teach On-Line?
As the expression was, when I lived in
: "today’s news, is tomorrows fish-and-chip-wrapping". England
The scandal which followed the release of a public statement by Takana in February, regarding allegations of improper conduct against Rav Motti Elon, have submerged into the collective subconscious. Other news and scandals have come and gone, meanwhile.
But all is not totally quiet on the Rav Elon front...
The police made their own investigation, and are reported to have found that no illegal activities had taken place, as the alleged events were with students above 18, and therefore were not minors, and these students had not pressed charges.
A group of Rav Elon supporters, have now published a website which hosts lessons on line from Rav Elon, in preparation for Shavuot.
Back in February, Takana had announced that Rav Elon should refrain from intimate, personal and private meetings with people seeking his advice or religious counsel.
Roni Rimon, Elon’s media adviser, has been reported as stating that “many students and great rabbis put great pressure on Rabbi Motti Elon to conduct joint study sessions ahead of Shavuot, and the rabbi acquiesced. A few days later, the students decided of their volition to post the joint-study sessions on the Web site.”
So here’s my question.
Is it reasonable for a rav, who has been publicly accused of having (legal, apparently consensual) sexual relationships with his male students, to give shiurim on line?