Do we view these crimes as the acts of isolated individuals? Or do we view them as a communal problem, for it was we as a community who invested our trust in these individuals and granted them power and position? What does that say about our communal judgment of character? About our communal oversight of public funds and leadership?
To turn to another hot issue in the news, fair or unfair, the battle over whether the East Ramapo school board, made up of a majority of frum Jews, is managing that district properly will not be won or lost in the local press or voting booths of that district. No matter how many editorials Rabbi Avi Shafran writes arguing against any culpability on the part of that school board, when one reads and sees in the news that frum Jews, that someone with the title Rabbi, are crooks, then the shadow of suspicion inevitably is cast long and far over the behavior of others – who may be innocent -- as well.