A vi­tal ini­tia­tive

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

The Chief Rabbi has now been in of­fice for over two years. He may have had a hard act to fol­low, but he has made an in­deli­ble and deeply per­sonal stamp on the of­fice — from his im­me­di­ate de­ci­sion to at­tend Lim­mud to the lat­est ini­tia­tive, last week’s sem­i­nar on child abuse for 120 re­li­gious lead­ers. All too of­ten, this is an is­sue that is swept un­der the car­pet, as we pre­tend our com­mu­nity is free of such crimes. But the Chief Rabbi is clear that we must con­front it and deal with it with the “great­est pos­si­ble se­ri­ous­ness”. Doubt­less his de­ter­mi­na­tion is in­flu­enced by his wife’s pro­fes­sional ex­per­tise as a so­cial worker with years of ex­pe­ri­ence in child pro­tec­tion. Some parts of our com­mu­nity still be­lieve that abuse should be dealt with within the com­mu­nity. They could not be more wrong. Chief Rabbi Mirvis is ab­so­lutely right to bring at­ti­tudes, and our re­sponse to abuse, into the mod­ern world.

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