Chester the Molester, or the Orthodox Community’s Dirty Little Secret Nate starts off the discussion by uttering just one word, “Molestation” and Hershy responds with, “OK, we are going to go there.” And indeed, there they go. The Chaim Walder case is brought up. Nate then shares that his second grade rebbe was charged with molestation. That sets the mood. Nate takes it to the next level when he shares a shocking personal revelation.
Nate and Hershy agree that the Ultra-Orthodox community continues to allow abuse and molestation because they protect the accused to keep the community intact. Molesters know inherently that they can continue without fear because they know that their friends and peers will believe them instead of the victims for any of several reasons; from the built-in community control and sexism, to religious extremism.
Nate and Hershy go from discussing the problem to potential solutions including providing sex-ed to pre-puberty males, which could allow for knowledge on how to safely channel their sexual urges. Finally, Nate and Hershy urge these communities to change their policies and allow police to conduct due process against accused molesters, rather than try to shield and hush up.
On a separate note, it wouldn’t be a Nate and Hershy podcast without controversy and perhaps a little wackiness. Somewhere in the seriousness of discussing molestation in the community, Nate and Hershy change course and posit that Arab aggression throughout Israel would be slowed down or even ended if the Israeli military simply flew over their territories and dropped a bunch of porn magazines. Yes, porn. And with that, I say enjoy.