UNFORTUNATELY this past week’s mikveh scandal involving the accused Rabbi Barry Freundel is another in a chain of scandals that has been creeping upon the Orthodox Jewish community, painfully with all too much frequency. Sadly, I know that other denominations in Judaism are riddled with their own share of scandals. Being Orthodox, though, I am more familiar with and — for better or for worse — feel more affected when the scandals are from within the Orthodox community.
The Freundel scandal needs to be the tipping point in the Orthodox community. It is time to create a paradigm shift in rabbinic leadership.
Many of the scandals, including this one, are generated by aberrations. Perverts, disturbed personalities or criminals masquerading as authoritative rabbis ruin it for the rest of all the wonderful and devoted rabbis out there. Ruin it, rationally or not, as in breaching the congregant-rabbi relationship, perhaps irreparably.