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Rabbi, Why Are the Classical Sources Quiet on Child Abuse?

01/17/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

A friend who read my article last week, on the subject of social and sexual pathologies in the Jewish community and the tendency to try and hide them, sent me an e-mail that could not conceal his frustration. Why is it, he asked, that given the rather brutal treatment that a number of children receive in the book of Genesis, the Torah itself does not address the issue of child abuse?

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

The Jewish King Lear: Thoughts on BAM

I saw BAM's staging of "King Lear" this weekend and thought this blog would be about the titular role.  Lear is the play's cynosure, but Shakespeare spreads his talents liberally--no character goes without his quotient of richly rendered language or keen moral insight.  Even the immortal lines of the play's chief villain, Edmund, have just as much truth as anything mouthed by Lear:

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