The Stranger who Tried to Abduct my Kids
I had heard rumors that this has been happening, and now it happened to my kids, so I’m warning you too, so you can protect your children…
This past Shabbat my 10-year-old, Moriah, 8-year-old, Yoel, and 4-year-old, Tsofia, were a block away from home when a man wearing a kippah approached them and asked how he could get to the market.
My ten-year-old told him the market was just one street over, and even though the market is less than a minute away from where they were standing, the man said he didn’t understand how to get there. Could she take him?
My 10-year-old and her 8-year-old brother attended an intensive self-defense camp before Pesach, and right away they understood something was fishy.
When Moriah refused to take him, the man grabbed her hard by the wrist and insisted she take him. She pulled her wrist away and yelled, “Leave me alone! I don’t want to!”
Then the man grabbed Yoel’s wrist, and he also pulled his arm away and yelled “Leave me alone!”
Then the three of them ran away and yelled, “Let’s go to Abba and tell him everything that happened!” and they came home.
In his speech on the terrible child abuse ring plaguing his Jerusalem neighborhood, Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz shlit”a warned parents, “We even have to teach our children—I know this is terrible—we have to teach our children not to do chesed [acts of kindness]. If a stranger comes up to you and says, ‘Oi, this is too heavy. Could you help me shlep it up the stairs?’ you have to say, I have to ask my parents. I know it’s a terrible thing, it’s a terrible thing, we’re telling our kids not to do chesed. But it’s sakanos nefashos [it’s a matter of life and death]. We can’t be mafkir our kids [leave our children unsafe]! We’ve got to watch our children!
Through education and increased caution may we enable all of our children stay safe, IY”H!