Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Movement Rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism

I recently buried a Holocaust survivor. Which brings me to how much pornography there is on the internet. I found loads and it was terrible. All you have to do is search for the 10 best pornography sites.


2 thoughts on “Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Movement Rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism

  1. There’s always a risk when comparing periods of history, even just a generation apart, of finding stark, incomprehensible differences. The Rabbi at least focused to some extent on a current issue – the developing evidence for unprecedented levels of sexual abuse in schools and suspected links with pornography.

    There’s a tendency to think that successive eras are generally better than those that preceded them; there may be some truth in this, but there’s usually a ‘down side’ as well. There are unprecedented social improvements in the current age in this country, particularly in social change – gender equality, understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ people. But levels of crime and lawlessness have also risen, resulting in curtailing of certain freedoms – in my own youth there were no CCTV cameras on the streets, and there was no need for Downing Street to be enclosed by gates onto Whitehall; on a school trip to the capital we were able to walk up to the door of number 10. Imagine that now!

    I wasn’t sure quite how the Rabbi’s faith offered a perspective on this perennial paradox. Her words did, however, remind me of another quote from Leon Rosten’s excellent book The Joys of Yiddish: A Jew was asked “Why do Jews always answer a question with another question?” He replies, “Me you ask?”


  2. Well, that was all very sensible. Many parents seem to find it all too difficult to talk to their children about sexual abuse, porn, how to behave with the opposite sex, etc; but as Ms Janner-Klausner indicated, it’s the least we can do for them.

    But, yet again, what was the uniquely religious insight into this issue? That Jewish law (and, by extension, culture) is the product of dialogue and questioning, and this is the way to approach these pressing social questions? Are Jews any more successful at doing this than other communities? Some of them are pretty keen on laying the law down, and no questions asked. And some Jewish communities at the other end of the spectrum from Reform Judaism try to prevent their offspring from having any exposure whatsoever to the modern world. I doubt whether that really works in the long run, either.


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