Sex, Lies, and Rabbis: Breaking a Sacred Trust

Sex, Lies, and Rabbis: Breaking a Sacred Trust

4.11 - 1251 ratings - Source

Sex, Lies, and Rabbis: Breaking a Sacred Trust by Charlotte Rolnick Schwab, Ph.D. is a powerful book, a combination of memoir and nonfiction, about what happens when clergy, specifically, rabbis, are deified. It is about the betrayal and the cover up of the betrayal of teen aged girls and women by male rabbis, and thereby, the betrayal of these rabbisa€™ wives, families, congregations, communities, denominations, and all Judaism. Two murders are connected to rabbisa€™ sexual abuse. One rabbi is awaiting retrial for allegedly hiring a hit man to murder his wife because of his sexual misconduct. This author writes about her own frightening, shocking experience as the wife of a rabbi-perpetrator of sexual abuse of other women, his violence toward her, and threat to kill her if she told about his nefarious double life. The book delineates in one volume: the crisis in the rabbinate, in congregational Judaism; what needs to be done to bring about healing and change; gives description of cases of rabbisa€™ sexual abuse as told to the author (these cases are all composites; the victims/survivorsa€™ identities are disguised), and as reported in the media, including the two murders related to rabbisa€™ sexual abuse; the alarming extent of this problem; outlines policies that synagogues and denominations need to adopt; provides definitions of sexual abuse; discusses the kinds of personalities of rabbis which can lead to rabbis becoming sexual predators; and offers some suggestions for prevention. The book offers a Resources List and extensive Bibliography, including articles from Jewish and secular newspapers around the country, about rabbisa€™ sexual abuse. The book provides a healing program geared toward Jewish victims/survivors or rabbisa€™ sexual abuse; it can be adapted for victims/survivors of abuse by other clergy and of other kinds of abuse, including abuse by batterers. Women who suffered abuse of any kind will find this book validating and helpful for healing and recovery. q12 Steppersq will be especially interested in this book. The book is helpful to people of all religions who are experiencing the crisis of their religious authoritiesa€™ sexual abuse and covering up of that abuse, including Buddhists, Catholics, and Protestants. It is an urgent read for all Jewish people concerned about the safety of their teen aged children and women, and about the future of their religious organizations and communities. Books have been written about Catholic priests and Protestant ministers and sexual abuse; this is the first about rabbisa€™ sexual abuse. Rabbis Arthur Gross-Schaefer and Marcia Zimmerman, and Rev. Nils Friberg praise the book on the book jacket. Maj-Britt Rosenbaum, MD, psychiatrist and former Director of the Long Island Hillside Medical Center Sexuality Center, wrote the Preface. Gary Schoener, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, who treat both clergy-perpetrators and victims, wrote the Foreword.At about this time, my husband asked me to co-lead a class at his synagogue about sex. ... I believe that many of them thought that my rabbi/husband and I had the utmost loving, passionate, yet sacred ... She shared with me and my husband that her marriage was a€œon the rocks, a€ that her husband did not make love to heranbsp;...

Title:Sex, Lies, and Rabbis: Breaking a Sacred Trust
Author:Charlotte Schwab
Publisher:AuthorHouse - 2003-07-08


You Must CONTINUE and create a free account to access unlimited downloads & streaming