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  1. Chicago says:

    ‎If one knows an individual is planning and getting ready to execute a crime it is your responsibility to try ‎and stop him. Kol Yisrael Areivim further expects that you tip off and inform the intended victim. ‎Arevus requires both responsibility for criminal behavior of the perpetrator, as well as responsibility to ‎protect the victim. If we fail to protect the victim Kol Yisroel Areivim demands us to take responsibility ‎for what happened, and rebuild the victim in whatever means possible.‎

    Arevus applies equally to men and women. Based on a psak of Rav Akiva Eiger, the Mishna Berurah ‎‎(271 #4-5) writes that women are also obligated based on the requirement of Kol Yisroel Areivim. ‎Hence, when a wife knows of her husbands or other family member’s intent to perpetrate a crime it is ‎her responsibility to get involved and prevent it.‎

    Individuals with knowledge of an intended crime, certainly have a greater culpability than a person ‎who may inadvertently be a part of the critical criminal mass written about in the above article. The article ‎was very well written and developed.‎

  2. Raymond says:

    I do not remember the exact quote, but paraphasing what philosemitic President John Adams observed back in the day when morality was actually taken seriously, a democracy like we have in the United States, cannot survive without its people being steeped in Biblical morality.

    I bring this up because, while I do not know the details of the embezzlement actions of those Rabbis over on the East Coast, I suspect that the root of their behavior may lie in their being so assimilated into American society and its values, that they lost sight of the source for all true morality, namely the Torah.

    As for Rabbi Shafran’s more general comments regarding the importance of caring about our fellow Jew and being sensitive to one another’s feelings and needs, well, at least to me, such ideas are the heart and soul of true religiosity.

  3. Michoel says:

    “Your child damages a neighbor’s property, you are responsible.”

    Although this blog is not intended as halacha l’maaseh, I think it would be responsible to mention that the halacha is katan hamazik is patur. I suppose R. Shafran means “responsible” in a broader sense of the word. But, in fact, the p’tur of katan hamazik also teaches us something about arvus.

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