In the ongoing storm in New York about child abuse in the Brooklyn chasidishe community, an interesting angle is the case of Nechemia Weberman, charged with abusing a 16 year old girl from the age of 12.
Weberman's community organized a big-time public dinner and fundraiser for his legal costs. The target was to raise $500,000 for this.
I am astounded that anyone would think it's a good idea to have a public fundraiser for a man charged with such a crime - particularly when the media spotlight is now shining directly on that community, against a background of allegations of child abuse and associated corruption.
If people wanted to raise money for Weberman's defense which, while not exactly my cup-of-tea in charitable causes, is fine, their right etc, then why didn't they go to a few rich guys and quietly ask them to help out?
Why make a public spectacle (and chilul Hashem) of it? And why do they need a hefty $500,000 for such a cause?
I wonder if it is coincidence that four people were subsequently arrested for attemtping to bribe the victim to withdraw her allegations.
They allegedly offered her $500,000.