Expelled rabbi has been punished enough
The Sept. 25 article on expelled Rabbi A. Charles Shalman touched many people's attitudes. It is unfortunate that this very bright and personable man is repeatedly being placed in a negative spotlight by folks who have become his judge and jury.
To my knowledge, Shalman was an excellent, inspiring speaker; a minister who instituted a program for handicapped children; a man who helped young ones and their parents by personally escorting the youngsters to various appointments and recreational opportunities whenever he could. He lifted the hearts of the bereaved with his healing words, helping to lessen their sadness and much more.
It must be understood that Shalman is a human being with frailties not too unlike other mortals. Has he not had discipline and punishment enough by being robbed of his profession for which he studied so many years and in which he was so very successful in so many ways? Have those who denigrate him again and again have no sympathy and no mercy of this man's frailties?
Where is forgiveness and why is this tenet of our religion forgotten? This man is no criminal, no thief. We forgive murderers; we tell Holocaust survivors to not dwell on their unimaginable experiences. Are we so free and so perfect that we can judge Shalman, who has done so many admirable deeds in his life, or must we forever dwell on his shortcomings?
Ursula A. Falk