Chabad personality Rabbi Manis Friedman who in a January 2013 video trivialized the effects of child sexual abuse (CSA) and mocked CSA victims, is offering a webinar tonight in which he will attempt to explain “Why do bad things happen to good people?”.

Friedman-bad-things-adIt’s a great question, even if there is no known answer for it.  And it would probably be foolish to think that it would be revealed in a Manis Friedman webinar.  Regardless of any ‘warm-feelies’ listeners may get, when the sensation passes, they will later realize they have no real answer to a question that is philosophical, and for which explanations can only be speculative.  All blind faith, wishful thinking, and no facts.

Perhaps Manis Friedman should preach less to others and ask himself some “Why do bad things happen to good people?” questions.

It’s been a while since I’ve asked the Four Questions at a Pesach Seder.  But I have four now:

Why did Manis Friedman’s own son, Nisson Friedman, allegedly do bad things to good people?

Why are cases of child molestation coming out of Chabad schools (and possibly Chabad’s Gan Israel Summer/Winter Camp), an environment meant to nurture and educate our Jewish children?

Why is Manis Friedman’s grandchild the focus of a custody battle?

And, should we really take the word of someone who takes such a flippant view of the damage done by Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)? :

(transcript excerpt from Manis Friedman video)

  • I could open an office and be busy full time just telling people who have been molested, “So? Nobody’s allowed to touch you; are you, holy? So you were touched? That’s it.”
  • So I said to this girl, her family comes from Russia, I said
  • “What do you think, you’re the only one who was molested? You think your mother and grandmother back in Russia made it through their teenage years without being molested by a sheiygitz (disgusting gentile)?
  • So what? They stopped life? They wouldn’t get married? They wouldn’t raise a family?
  • What, are you so fragile? What happened to you?”

Do you really want the answer to “Why do bad things happen to good people?”.

Here it is.  Nobody knows.  We’re not God.  Anyone claiming they do is either wrong, or lying.  People have been asking it long before there was ever a Chabad.  And it’s not the first time Chabad is ‘playing God’ by marketing this question and offering pseudo-answers while dysfunction thrives in its organization.  The only honest answer Chabad and Manis Friedman can offer to this quseion is “we don’t know.”  And you don’t need a webinar (nor a rabbi) for that.

Perhaps Rabbi Manis Friedman can discuss something he’s more qualified to address:

  • Why do bad rabbis happen?

FrumFraud also addressed the announcement of this webinar today.  They too have a very valid question:

  • When will Lubavitch authorities deal with this matter?

Below is the webinar announcement from COLlive (including their broken link):

Rabbi Manis Friedman will address the topic of “Why do bad things happen to good people?” on a phone conference webinar on Wednesday.

Is the question “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “Do bad things happen to good people?”

It’s Good to Know is now presenting a webinar on this topic.

“We base our programs off of the requests we get from Rabbi Friedman’s students,”
Rabbi Zalman Friedman, the director of It’s Good to Know said. “This topic is a pressing and painful one which we have been asked to address.”

No one is immune to pain and suffering, but with a little bit of perspective and some wisdom from our Torah it can be easier to handle.

The webinar will be taking place tonight, Wednesday, at 8pm.

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This program is sponsored by Rabbi Raskin of Machon Stam