Above: Rabbi Yosef Feldman
The problem Chabad Rabbi Yosef Feldman, a senior Chabad rabbi in Sydney, misses is that pedophiles have an extremely high recidivism rate, are almost never "cured," and can't be reliably or closely supervised after release from prison, and consistently enough to prove they in fact have not re-offended. New victims – who are often little children – are manipulated and threatened by these pedophiles and report the abuse only infrequently.
In other words, what Rabbi Yosef Feldman is proposing will just put more children at risk and ruin many more lives. But all that seems to be Chabad's specialty these days:
Rabbi Calls For Leniency For Pedophiles
Danny Rose • AAP
A senior rabbi believes the justice system should be more lenient towards pedophiles who have repented.
Pedophiles who are no longer abusing children should not have to spend their lives feeling like the "scum of the earth", Rabbi Yosef Feldman also told the royal commission into child sex abuse on Monday.
"I would be asking for more leniency on people who have shown that they haven't offended in the last 20 years or decades ago, and have psychological analyses that this is the case," Rabbi Feldman said.
"Once someone is not a pedophile any more or is showing (he) is not acting wrongly any more, that should be considered in a very strong way."
Rabbi Feldman said this would encourage other pedophiles to repent, and not act on their sexual urges towards children.
The more lenient approach would show "when you do the right thing, you won't get mistreated badly and it's not the end of the world ... then you are not treated like a pariah, like a scum of the earth".
Rabbi Feldman was asked about an apparent conflict between one of his public statements and a private email he sent in mid 2011.
On July 26, he issued a public statement to support a rabbinical directive that said it was not against Jewish law to report child abuse allegations to secular authorities.
A day later, he wrote an email to a Sydney Jewish group discouraging them from issuing a further statement encouraging people to report abuse.
In the email, he said a child abuser's "life and family ... is being ruined now for no good reason".
Rabbi Feldman told the commission he was only concerned that more media attention on the issue would trigger false complaints.
"I was worried that the publicity would bring about fake victims," Rabbi Feldman said.
"... Too much hype causes miscarriages of justice."
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse resumed on Monday for a second week of hearings in Melbourne.
It is investigating the response of Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi to child sexual abuse by David Cyprys, David Kramer and Daniel Hayman in the 1980s and 1990s.
All three have since been convicted.