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Friday, December 08, 2006

A few poignant questions brought to the surface by the Kolko arrest

The arrest of Yudi Kolko has brought up many questions that we were never forced to face or answer until now.

Question #1 - Is there a Kaf Z'chus L'halacha for someone like Kolko?

Question #2 - Do the laws of Loshon Horah pertain to Kolko or someone like him?

Question #3 - What role does his family play in this? Are they innocent or are they enablers and are as guilty as him or not?

Question #4 - The Rabbonim have effectually made themselves ineffectual by standing behind him all this time. What can be done by the Rabbonim to rebuild our trust in them and in the system?

Question #5 - What can and should be done to prevent such situations in the future?

While I certainly don't have the answers to all these questions, I do have my opinions. Let's hear some of yours.

Comments:
I just came across this article, and i was wondering if this case definatly happend or there are some people trying to get back at him for something and making money in the process?

 

its a nice picture of him in the back of the police car!

 

This past Thursday night, I had the pleasure of benching a Shechiyanu, for on this day a small miracle finally happened and the world became a safer place to live.

In addition, I had the tremendous z'chus and opportunity to speak to several of the other known Kolko victims where we all wished ourselves Mazal Tov on this wonderful occasion.

Several of us actually wept in happiness.

Kolko is a sick man. The problem is that so many (so-called) Rabbonim and community leaders have known about it for so many years, and for who knows how many reasons, just covered it up or swept it under the carpet.

On the other hand, the menahalim and senior staff at Yeshiva Torah Temimah and other organizations, such as Torah U'Mesorah, were told and knew about Kolko, or knew that there were allegations, and did absolutely nothing to protect the children.

They never called in specialists, they never reported these allegations to the authorities, etc. As an educational institution they had a legal and moral responsibility to protect their students from all harm, and they failed. They knowingly permitted a serial child molester to be in close contact with and molest innocent young boys and they did absolutely nothing to protect their students. Instead they actively covered it up.

Who knows how many boys over nearly 4 decades were molested by Kolko in Yeshiva, in Camp or while tutoring in his home? How many times did Kolko tuck in the shirts of his first grade students...? How many boys did Kolko put on his lap? How many boys did Kolko take for drives in his car?

A drunk is kept away from Booze, an addict is kept away from drugs, a pedophile needs to be kept away from children.

And now Applegrad has the audacity and chutzpah to say: "At no time did the yeshiva have any knowledge of anything alleged against Rabbi Kolko, nor did any parent ever come to raise a complaint," said Yeshiva executive director Rabbi Yaakov Applegrad. "Rabbi Kolko is no longer employed at the school. If something did indeed happen, we sympathize with the child and are confident the judicial system will handle matters appropriately."

Shame on you Applegrad, shame on you Shia Fishman, shame on you Simcha Kaufman, shame on you Margolis, shame on you Nosson Sherman, shame on you Eli Teitelbaum, etc. etc.

You should not and cannot be trusted with the welfare and safety of children. You are all guilty of knowing and covering up these criminal allegations against Kolko. If at all possible, if someone had the capability, they should strip all of you of your semichas.

The only bright side of this - you'll all get your day in court, whether in bais din shel mata or in beis din shel ma'ala, or probably, in both.

 

Rabbi Kolko does not stand alone and like others are being enabled by so called DAS TORAH. I feel for the victims and the parents. May they have the courage to deal with this and beable to put this behind them as quickly as possible

 

Very strange for the da to arrest hime only after the civil suit was filed, looks like there isn't much of case here, and he would not have been arrest if there wasn't a civil suit filed.

 

I just came across this article, and i was wondering if this case definatly happend or there are some people trying to get back at him for something and making money in the process?
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Do you think the accusers in the 1980's were also after money?

 

These "poignant questions" summarize my thoughts exactly and I could not express it myself so well.
Even though I am a big cynic at times, it still stuns me how out of touch our supposed leaders are when it comes to actually dealing with a serious issue, and how many chances they had...before you guys freak out about kovod hatorah, I heard a Torah temima talmid comment "we used to jokingly say that we woul'nt be surprised if he (this menuval) is arrested one day"
after the arrest.
Was this a case of "the emporer has no clothes"?

 

Anonymous 635PM wrote..........

Very strange for the da to arrest hime only after the civil suit was filed, looks like there isn't much of case here, and he would not have been arrest if there wasn't a civil suit filed.

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Perhaps he never would have been arrested if there were not a civil suit filed. If so, it would be because without the civil suit idiots like you would still have your heads stuck in the sand (or elsewhere) pretending he wasn't molesting anyone because you didn't see it.

Never fails to amaze me - people with an IQ high enough to log on to the internet are stupid enough to go near a keyboard and advertise the facts that they A) never learned English and B) should not be allowed to reproduce and further populate Brooklyn with children suufering from congenital stupidity.

Anonymous 8:12 PM asked.......

Was this a case of "the emporer has no clothes"?

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No, just a case of the emperor not being able to keep his pants closed. ;-(

 

rumor is that the kid who is accusing the rebbi got thrown out of TT. Hmmmm.... Think the kid has any credibility? this is a joke and the case will get thrown out of court before it enters

 

Anonymous said...
rumor is that the kid who is accusing the rebbi got thrown out of TT. Hmmmm.... Think the kid has any credibility? this is a joke and the case will get thrown out of court before it enters

December 09, 2006 10:53 PM

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I am sure all the victims for the last four decades were just trouble makers.

You are one sick puppy.

Or are you Yudi Kolko???

 

He probably got thrown out because the school was looking to protect this monster in so they make the kid look bad just for admitting he was abused ... this is so disgusting ...

As far as the families role,If this was really molesting all these children, there is a good chance his own sons were abused as well.

The frum world needs to learn that these predators can be anyone. Just because they can process a good piece of gemara doesn't mean they are tzadikim.

 

I know R' Kolko and these allegations are 100% UNTRUE.

 

NO, you can not be Dan Kaf Z'chus L'halacha for a guy like Kolko, he is a beast that should be locked up forever, No, there is no Lshon Horah, if only it would have been talked about in public years ago and not swept under the rug alot of boys would have been save from being molested by this ugly beast.The parents are not allways to blame because most of the time the kids are afraid to tell the parents when they are molested by their so called Rebbe.The Rabbonim that protected him all these years should look back and think how many kids they could have saved all these years if they would have done something about him years ago.
Any person that is caught having contact with boys in a Yeshiva by a staff member,Rebbi, Tutor,Teacher etc. should be expelled immediatly, no questions asked..any body that has a weakness for boys and kids should not be in the Yeshiva system, let him go pack boxes or take orders for B&H or Adorama..he does not belong in Yeshiva, if he likes Men, no problem, there are many men that will hook up with them but molesting boys and kids against their will is the worst and they should all be locked up for good..Yes, even the Yeshivas that protected them..they are just as fault as Kolko for not kicking him out head first years ago..

 

I know R' Kolko and these allegations are 100% UNTRUE.
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how do you know, where u there?

 

I know a guy for years, and a while back he too was accused of molesting kids. So the guys arrested and the mouths start flapping, I knew he was a rosho, Eh he's been at it for years, etc etc.
Turns out the same kid accused another guy of molestation and they found it was a scam and the kid was nuts.
but his wife and kids suffered imagine school for the kids, 'your father's a .....
Even now he's not the same confident man he was before.
I can't vouch for kolko, but I think there's gotta be a better way to deal with this crap.

 

When a kid gets molested, his behavior is going to change, and not for the better. So even if the kid got thrown out of yeshivah (which often means nothing anyway -- I haven't been all that impressed with most school principals I've met, a few yes, but not most), and even if the kid got thrown out because of his behavior, that doesn't automatically question his credibility. It doesn't give him any either, I'll grant you that. But I think the accusation that he has no credibility is unfair and offensive.

 

anyone that is happy about this is obviously a sick sick indivdual.

there is nothing happy about this story IF it's true and certainly if it's not

there is DEFINETLY something suspect about many of the accusers, AND the way they voice their accusation.

"...AS WELL AS ABUSING A 31 YEAR OLD MAN"
what the hell does that mean????

and men in their 40's married with kids waking up 25 years later that they are suffering - COME ON.

 

IN THE WORDS OF A SMART MAN

THEY ARRESTED THE WRONG MAN
AND ARE SUING THE WRONG PEOPLE

MARGO AND THE GANG SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN
KOLKO IS SICK-JUST SUE HIM!!

 

To "MARGO AND THE GANG SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN
KOLKO IS SICK-JUST SUE HIM!! "- You are 100% right. Rabbonim that cover up for and enable perpetrators ARE WORSE than the sick perpetrators.

 

IT IS LOSHON HORO PURE LOSHON HORO

& PROBEBLY HE HAS SOME PEOPLE THAT

HATE HIM

MAY BE SOME ONE MADE IT UP AFTER HEATURE OF LOTS OF TIME & EVEN IF IT TRUE STILL IT'S LOSHON HORO

BE CAREFULE WITH YOU'RE WORDS

IF YOU CARE & IF YOU DONT CARE ABOUT G-D 'S WILL SO WHAT IS YOU'RE COMPLAINT? HOPE THAT WHO EVER READS THIS LETTER WILL TAKE IT EASEY BECAUSE IT DOSENT SOUNDS EASY THANKS ANYW

 

How do any of you know anything

 

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