I was particularly troubled by an event two nights ago.
It was late at night, and I was putting flyers around the scene of an alleged vicious attack upon a child, asking for residents to come forward with information (in conjunction with the police).
A man came up to me, waving the flyer….
He challenged me: “Which rabbi told you to put these up?!”.
I find this most peculiar....
I would expect someone to say, perhaps “Oh my goodness, a child was attacked right here on my street?! How is the child doing? What is known about the perpetrator? How can we better protect our children? How can I help?”
It is rather like a man who is drowning at sea, along comes a rescue boat, throws him a rope, and the man won’t grab the rope, saying "which rabbi said you could throw me the rope?”
Of course rabbinical politics is interesting and often an important issue in a frum community.
But that his first and apparently only interest, on learning that a violent child abuser has been attacking children on his street, was the issue of “which rabbi?” – shows an odd sense of priorities.
Or am I missing something here?
(By the way, it seems someone – maybe the same guy? - later took all the flyers down).