Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, the late head of Chabad in Melbourne, Australia, is being memorialized by Machon Meir, a Zionist Orthodox yeshiva in Jerusalem – despite the fact that Groner allegedly covered up for pedophiles. Because of those alleged coverups, at least a dozen children were molested. But Machon Meir is honoring Groner's memory anyway.
Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner
Besides the horrible message this honor sends to survivors of child sex abuse, it is also tells community leaders and rabbis who cover for pedophiles that doing so has no consequences in the Jewish community.
I believe Machon Meir's leadership looks to Rabbi Haim Druckman as their spiritual leader, and Druckman is a notorious and unrepentant enabler of child sex abusers.
Past all that, Groner's son just participated in an anti-haredi-draft, anti-government, anti-state prayer rally in Melbourne which drew the opprobrium of most of the Melbourne Jewish community.
None of this was apparently enough, however, for Machon Meir to refuse to honor Groner.
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