When a Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox rabbi was arrested and accused of bribing someone to say he was sexually abused by another Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox rabbi—one who had already been convicted of sexual abuse—it represented a perfect storm for members of the community who would prefer that such affairs be handled entirely among their own. Reports Paul Berger today in Tablet Magazine,

The allegations that now complicate the Lebovits case epitomize some of the worst fears within the community: that the so-called victims are liars, that the secular authorities do not always get the right man, and that, without rabbis as a firewall, innocent people can be publicly shamed and put in prison.