Rabbis, gurus, priests, politicians, you name it. Charisma is a heady tool that should be used with caution. Remember with humility that we are all vessels of Torah, & it is the Torah we share that is so attractive. It speaks to people's souls. So it is shocking & sad that any liberties would be taken with another's soul.
"Rebbe-izing" people so that they give their power away is harmful. Rabbinic privilege does not extend to people's bodies. Assaulting your students, your employees, or anyone vulnerable to you is unethical.
Sacred physical intimacy can be achieved, IY"H, by equally empowered, lovingly covenanted partners.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Soferet has some wise words on the dangers of charismatic leadership: