Saturday, July 27, 2019

"The Price of Truth," Book Discussion, Part II

1) "The Price of Truth," Part II
3) "Don't you ever talk about anything happy, Dossy?"
"All this stuff isn't good for you"
"You are so good at telling jokes"
"How about some good news for a change?"
4) At a meal, less than 30 days ago:
5) "I heard that this young man accused a rabbi of doing some terrible things"
6) "The lady who told me about it said he must have dreamed it, it is impossible"
7) "For one thing the details he described were off, everybody would have seen it"
8) Yes, people still say things like this.

The individual in question has been accused of pedophilia three times, and he tried to sue his accusers, and he is having an official religious school function held in his home, and nobody bats an eyelash except the activists.
9) There is no excuse not to know.

That rabbi in my past - the girl left the school, left town, left religion
10) They use memory against us, they say there is no proof.
11) More run-up. 

I guess you'll have to forgive me or stop reading.
12) I am constantly amazed at how people distort the actual Torah we were given.
13) Many weeks, in synagogue, I hear the speech and have to bite my hand to make myself be quiet and get along.
14) One week the synagogue actually hosted a former witch, WHO HASN'T RENOUNCED WITCHCRAFT, who GAVE THE SERMON and who told me later I WILL ALWAYS BE PROUD OF WHO I AM.
15) This week it wasn't as bad, but the point of the Parsha was missed, and so let's focus on that for a second because it relates to what we are all doing out here, together.
16) Last week, Pinchas (the grandson of High Priest Aharon) sees the head of one of the tribes publicly having intercourse at the holy Tent of Meeting with the Midianite princess sent to tempt the Jews to idol worship - Peor - child sacrifice (sound familiar?)
17) In a holy act of justice, Pinchas kills them both. When he kills her, the blade goes through her womb.
18) Until Pinchas killed them, the Jews were dying of a plague. 

24,000 Jews to be specific because they were engaged in sacreligious sex with the Midianite women. 

The Midianites trafficked their daughters in order to destroy the Jews from within.
19) Moses of course was married to Tziporah, a Midianite and Tziporah's father was the righteous Jethro, which teaches us that each person is responsible for what they do. 

Also that a proclivity to sin often hides true potential to be great.
20) The Bible teaches us that the Midianites were even more evil than the Moabites, who simply feared a Jewish invasion (note: Ruth, mother of King David, progenitor of the Mashiach, was a Moabite who converted to Judaism). 

The Midianites simply and purely hated the Jews.
21) The Midianites' hatred and their sheer immersion in sexual immorality and ritual sacrifice of infants to their idol was so strong, so deep, that the head of the Midianites trafficked his own daughter just to get at the Jews.
22) Looking back on Pinchas now, Jews universally consider him to be a hero, although of course there are always liberals who question whether his "zealousness" was too much (eyeroll)
23) In the moment of his tremendous heroism the Jews were steeped in immorality and as such they attacked him for what he did (does this sound familiar)
24) This despite the righteousness of what he did. 

Pinchas killed 2 elites - Zimri, the head of the tribe of Shimon (Simeon) and Cozbi, the Midianite princess.

In the merit of what he did, God stopped the plague and blessed him with peace and protection.
25) But the Jews, because their minds were so lost, accused him of murder and spoke evilly of his lineage #fakenews
26) God blessed Pinchas not only because he acted out of care and concern for God, but also because he was motivated by a love of the people. "Betocham" (Num. 25:11), "he zealously avenged My vengeance AMONG THEM." 

Pinchas loved being a Jew and he cared.

He wasn't self-hating.
27) This is the spirit in which I come forward and in which the Jewish and non-Jewish advocates I know of come forward. We do not hate, we love. 

To love someone is to tell them when they're doing something wrong.
28) I'm going to start quoting from the book now. This is a warning that the next few tweets will be upsetting.
29) "I recall thoughts and feelings that I had as a two-year-old as if I am living them right now." - survivor Genendy, "The Price of Truth, Kindle Edition, Location 360 of 3255
30) "I am lying in bed in a room that I share with my sister and brother in our little white stucco house." (Price of Truth, continued)
31) "I am two." 

(Price of Truth, continued)
32) "Tatty ['my father'/'Dad'] comes into my room and lies down on my bed."

(Price of Truth, continued)
33) "I am too scared to move."

(Price of Truth, continued)
34) "I know what will happen and I know it's because I'm a very bad girl."

(Price of Truth, continued)
35) "I stare at the red and white checkered curtains."

"I can't get away from him."

(Price of Truth, continued)
36) "No, Tatty, No! Don't hurt me!"

(Price of Truth, continued)
37) "He rolls on top of me. I can't breathe. I can't move. Something is poking at me. I can't see what it is. It's cutting me. He's too heavy. I am going to die."

(Price of Truth, continued)
38) "I want to die."

"I have to die."

"Something is in my mouth. I can't breathe."

"Tatty, NO!"

"Tatty, I need you!"

(Price of Truth, continued.)
39) "My eyes are staring into the dark inside my head. It feels floaty in here. I move away from my body and away from Tatty."

"Away from everything."

"I am not real."

"I can't be..."

(Price of Truth, continued.)
40) Taking a short break.
41) OK, I am back. Summary.

- Yesterday was about overcoming my own denial/resistance.
- This a.m. was about context. (We need a bit more.)
- The current thread is about the rightness of bringing attention to this issue and its victim.
42) *victims
43) Left out of the thread was the enormous subject of the Holocaust; we can add in just one thing, which is crucial.

I think we can localize the child sex trafficking phenomenon to the generation of the survivors. 

I think the plague started there, and it has to end with them.
44) If you understand that ultra-Orthodox child sex trafficking is a hyper-specific, localized phenomenon (looked at from the perspective of time immemorial), you also understand why the community is not able to articulate, understand, or respond to it.

People need to go to jail
45) If I have learned one thing from being a citizen researcher, it is that pedophiles never change. They need to be behind bars for what they did at a minimum, away from children at a minimum, and their deeds recorded as REAL and INCONTROVERTIBLE at a minimum.
46) Closing this thread now, and Part III will be about the conspiracy to keep Genendy quiet. 

Part IV will be about how others experienced the same thing.

My entire goal is to get the perpetrators in jail. Not restitution. Jail.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.