An open letter to Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

By Benny Polatseck
December 12, 2013

Dear Rabbi Horowitz,
I have come across your tweets yesterday about the Weberman trial and you’re marking the one year anniversary of Mr. Webermans conviction.
Now my letter is not about the trial, it’s not about whether justice was served or not, it’s not about Mr. Webermans guilt or innocents, It’s not even about your involvement in his conviction.

I base this letter on the narrative that Mr. Weberman is totally guilty, every single allegation against him is true, and every single unnamed alleged victim was truly victimized.

Now after all that said, I have a question for you, what now? What is your goal now? What are you trying to achieve?

Let me explain myself, during the trial you have stated on many occasions that while you truly feel terrible for the Weberman family, who by all accounts have done nothing wrong, you feel obligated to do what you’re doing for the sake of protecting other potential victims, you even stated Poaskim to prove that you are obligated to do it from a Talmudic standpoint.

Standing a year after the conviction with Mr. Weberman in a dark cell behind bars far far away from the Brooklyn streets buzzing with sounds of chatter of children happily roaming up and down lee ave on the way to school, no one can argue that Mr. Weberman is still a threat to anyone.

But while all the newspapers and tabloids have long turned to other news of the day, The tweeter hashtag #Weberman has not been in use for months now, the coffee room conversations in offices and in places of worship have long switched to other topics, there is still a family out there who has not and will never move on from that cold December Friday when their husband and father was escorted out of a Brooklyn court room with his hands cuffed.

There is a famous saying from Markus Zusak author of The Book Thief "Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day", on that note, Let’s put ourselves in Mrs. Weberman's shoes for a moment, a women who has done nothing wrong to anyone, a women who is a quiet down to earth lady who never speaks up, suddenly turned into a household name with her face painted on every newspaper cover, Imagine the stares she gets every time she walks into a grocery store by people trying to study her face in an attempted to read her emotions, Imagine the struggle of a mother having to struggle for words to explain to her 5 year old who is asking day in day out why tatty is in jail, when the alleged crime is not one that can even be explained to a kid of this age, Imagine the daily struggle to feed the hungry mouths of a household full of children when your left without a source of income, imagine the lonely long cold winter nights after a long day of a wife not having for whom to wait at the door because that door is never opening, imagine the little boys red face Simcahs Torah when all the daddy's are dancing with their boys beaming with joy on their shoulders and this little boy has no daddy to smiling to him. Imagine the struggle of this 10 year old who is bullied in school by other kids who overheard their parents talking about a Weberman who was jailed for unspeakable crimes and they find an easy target in him.

I'm not hiding under a false name pretending to be who I'm not, because there is nothing to hide from.

I know the weberman children, I went to Yeshiva with one of the Weberman boys, one of the nicest and Kind Hearted kids in my class, this has noting to do with Satmar, Casidim, Cover ups, Or even abuse. this is about a family that has been broken and shattered into a million pieces, and a man that only takes the broken glass and trows it again and again and again to make sure that not one tiny piece is left.

Now you can say whatever you want, but just don't pretend that you feel bad for this family
Because if you do, you’re lying!

Now that Weberman is behind Bars there is no possible justification in your actions to keep talking about him, and in the same time making sure that the wounds that this family has incurred never has a chance to heal.

You are stabbing a 5 year old boy who doesn't even know what the word abuse means, your stabbing a women that has never hurt a fly on the wall.

Your actions in trying to keep this story on the headlines day in day out comes to show your true intentions, which is a truck load of ADD, you can call yourself with whatever titles you want to, but in heaven there is one that looks at those Weberman children's pain and does not look at the title before ones name.

There is no Talmud that justifies doing what you’re doing, there is no rabbi who can possibly justify shaming a entire family when the excuse "protecting victims has been gone for a year".

Your actions makes one think that what you did all along was not about safe streets, protecting victims, or anything close to that, it was about making a name for yourself, it was about gaining some much desired fame, it was about a man hungry for a dose of much needed attention even when getting the dose means spilling blood of fellow Jewish brothers and sisters who have never done a thing to you or to anyone for that matter in their life.

It’s time for you to stop, forget about the name Weberman!

Move on to other sources of attention believe me there is many, stop the cruelty already, it has been more than enough.


Benny Polatseck.

12/12/13 6:15 PM
PS. There is no way that one can say that this behavior is justified because its an attempted to scare off other perpetrates and save future abuse victims, because your not god almighty, and a man does not have any right to chose who should be victimized on the expense of saving other victims. The blood of (If there will ever be) any future victim that may be saved by your actions is not any redder then the blood of the Weberman's who are presently victimized by you day in day out.