What Were They Thinking?!
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 co