Aug 10, 2011
Protecting Children from Predators

A new video from Jewish.TV features expert mechanech, Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, along with Tenafly Chief of Police, Michael P. Bruno, answering parents' questions about how to protect their children from predators.

Last week, Rabbi Mordechai Shain of Lubavitch on The Palisades, hosted a special one-time lecture organized by Jewish.TV entitled Boundaries Basics: Talking to Children About Personal Safety.

Full of practical tips for parents, the lecture was given by renowned Jewish educator, Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, recipient of the 2008 Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators and founder and dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey. An authority on raising children in these troubled times, he is the founder and director of The Center for Jewish Family Life/Project YES, and has just produced the soon to be released safety and abuse prevention picture book for young children entitled Let's Stay Safe.

"Research shows that these discussions with our children are best had at a moderately anxious moment," said Horowitz to the crowd of CGI day camp parents at Lubavitch of the Palisades as he gave numerous powerful illustrations of simple and effective techniques for teaching children about how to protect their personal boundaries.

Lubavitch of the Palisades Executive Director, Rabbi Mordechai Shain, invited his friend, Tenafly Chief of Police, Michael P. Bruno, to follow Rabbi Horowitz's talk with his own safety message to parents. Rabbi Horowitz and the chief then fielded a Q&A session together. Chief Bruno corroborated many of the points made by Horowitz by drawing from his experience of 26 years in law enforcement. Throughout the Q&A session, Rabbi Horowitz and Chief Bruno supported each others points on several important ideas such as the need for parents to monitor their children's use of technology.

Part 2, Q & A session:

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is there a video of the q&a session with the chief?
(8/10/2011 9:44:08 PM)
To #1
Yes, if you go to the video on Jewish.TV, the Part II video is on the bottom.
(8/10/2011 10:36:37 PM)
This is good stuff. we need more of this. thanks for sharing this online.
(8/10/2011 11:05:51 PM)
Thank you!
Thank you for posting this!! it is so important!!! such valuable info!!
(8/11/2011 12:33:19 AM)
is the urge to molest children common?
how many with that urge keep it in check forever?
how many with the urge end up acting on their urge?
is there any known treatment to cure this urge?
or at least to modify it down to a level where it does not threaten to become an action?

if these urges are as dominating as other addictions, can the addict seek effective treatment??

if treatment doesnt exist? why wait till the addict strikes his first victim? why not lock them up preemptively? since the main objective is not punitive but rather to protect future victims!

is it a choice to be drawn to molestation of kids?
or is this craving there naturally (by no fault of their own)

is there anything teachers/parents can do to prevent such perverted desires from befalling their pubescent sons/daughters?

if this addiction is soo addictive that it causes its host to risk everything and destroy their lives as well as the victim's life, perhaps the right focus should be on preventing the little monsters at age 13 from becoming big monsters??

can a pedophile (those who naturally have this craving) realistically stay "celibate" all their life?
how many pedophiles end-up acting on their urges? and how-many (if any) remain "celibate"

must all pedophiles suffer silently with their evil urges? or is there some "proven" treatment they may turn to?

if there is a treatment? shouldent all of us who wish to protect our kids from predators, focus on PREVENTION, reaching out to 13 year old fresh predators before they strike?? and guide them to treatment??
would not this prevent 100s of future victims? per predator?
(8/11/2011 5:16:38 AM)
Boruch N. Hoffinger BS"D
Certainly, we haven't lost our 'common sense,' the protection of somebody/something is in proportion to the love and concern we have for it.
If we TRULY love children we'll institute the death penalty for pedophiles.
Simple, no?
This is the only way we can have powerful protection.
( 'The 7 Noahide Laws,' NOW! )
(8/11/2011 3:11:15 PM)
to #5
yes, there are treatments that lower and eliminate a man's desire (called chemical castration [which is not permanent]) and some rabonim allow it in cases where people are hurting or potentially will hurt others. There's more about this topic at
(8/12/2011 4:13:24 AM)
Thank you for sharing.
(8/12/2011 1:37:48 PM)
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