Since first opening up about the abuse I experienced, I have reached out to many different rabbis longing for support and guidance in dealing with the haunting repercussions of being systematically abused and molested from the ages of 6 to 10.The vast majority of the rabbis, in whom I had place my fragile trust and hope, expressed insensitive, dismissive attitudes similar to Rabbi Friedman's.
Friedman has claimed that the moral way to fight a war is to "Destroy their holy sites.
Kill men, women and children (and cattle)," and that if Israel followed this wisdom from the bible, there would be "no civilian casualties, no children in the line of fire, no false sense of righteousness, in fact, no war." After receiving criticism Friedman clarified that "any neighbor of the Jewish people should be treated, as the Torah commands us, with respect and compassion." Friedman later clarified that when he was quoting from the Torah he was not advocating to actually kill anyone, rather if Israel would threaten to do this things - it would scare its enemies and prevent war.
they died in their relationship with God.” According to the paper, Friedman's statements were not well received by local holocaust survivors.
There is something valuable and powerful about a second marriage – that Rabbi Friedman, in this online talk, likens to the second set of tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai for the Jewish people.
Then Moses went up the mountain again for 40 days and 40 nights, and came down with the second set of tablets.
This time though, it was a more modest affair, more subdued – with a lasting power that the first one didn’t have.
Friedman was quoted that survivors of child sexual abuse are not as deeply damaged as some claim and should learn to overcome their traumatic experiences.
Friedman's comments were received poorly by advocates who saw his statements as trivialising the experiences of the victims.
The Internet has buzzed for the past few days over a video of Rabbi Manis Friedman discussing his thoughts about sexual abuse and how it should be handled.