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Lawsuit filed by former Yeshiva University High School Students against Y.U.

Lawsuit filed by former Yeshiva University High School Students against Y.U.

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Nineteen former students of a Manhattan high school run by Yeshiva University have filed a $380 million lawsuit against Y.U. accusing administrators and teachers of covering up decades of physical and sexual abuse.
Nineteen former students of a Manhattan high school run by Yeshiva University have filed a $380 million lawsuit against Y.U. accusing administrators and teachers of covering up decades of physical and sexual abuse.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ---------------------------------------------------------------------xMORDECHAI TWERSKY, BARRY SINGER,JOHN DOE I, JOHN DOE II, JOHN DOE III,JOHN DOE IV, JOHN DOE V, JOHN DOE VI, JOHN
COMPLAINT
DOE VII, JOHN DOE VIII, JOHN DOE IX, JOHNDOE X, JOHN DOE XI, JOHN DOE XII, JOHNDOE XIII, JOHN DOE XIV, JOHN DOE XV,
PLAINTIFFS
 JOHN DOE XVI, and JOHN DOE XVII,
DEMAND A
 
TRIAL BY JURY
Plaintiffs,- against -YESHIVA UNIVERSITY, MARSHA STERNTALMUDICAL ACADEMY-YESHIVA UNIVERSITYHIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS, RABBI NORMANLAMM, RABBI ROBERT HIRT, VARIOUS MEMBERSOF THE YESHIVA UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES,WHOSE NAMES ARE CURRENTLY UNKNOWN ANDTHUS DESIGNATED AS “JAMES DOE I-XXX,” ANDVARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE YESHIVA UNIVERSITYHIGH SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WHOSE NAMESARE CURRENTLY UNKNOWN AND THUS DESIGNATEDAS “JOSEPH DOE I-XXX,”Defendants.
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Respectfully submitted by:
Kevin T. Mulhearn, P.C.60 Dutch Hill Road, Suite 8,Orangeburg, NY 10962Phone: (845)398-0361 -- Fax: (845)398-3836  Email:kmulhearn@ktmlaw.net   Attorneys for Plaintiffs
 
 
Plaintiffs, by and through their attorneys, Kevin T. Mulhearn, P.C.,complaining of the Defendants, hereby allege that:
PREFACE
1. In 1964, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm delivered a sermon on RoshHashanah (which was broadcast on WABC-TV), which outlined theresponsibility of man to his fellow man and the responsibility of parents and educators to care for children.2. In said sermon, Rabbi Lamm stated that:It is when we do not know, or do not want to know, or do notchoose to know, that we are in real trouble.The real sin of 
lo yadati
(“I did not know”; Gen. 28:16-17) iswhen we fail in our moral knowledge, in our ethical awareness.[C]ontemporary man is guilty … [of] an agonizing indifferenceto his fellow man.When we shrug off responsibility for our brother, it is becausewe have chosen to ignore him. Not to want to know a brother isto repeat the crime of Cain.This cruel apathy, this cold indifference, this nefarious refusalto know our fellow man, is [not] something out of antiquity[.] Not to care, not to know, is a disease, a distortion of the divinein man.Remaining unaware, not wanting to know, not caring, enclosingyourself in a cocoon of callousness, leads to the conclusion
so pitiful and contemptible
“What could I do?”
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Being sensitive to others, seeking them out, striving to knowthem in all their glorious variety and individuality, participatingwith them, leads to the glorious triumph of man over maliceexpressed as “what else could I do?”We grow inhuman as we say
lo yadati
, I do not know, I am notinterested.In business and professional life, despite the cynics who revelin their moral ignorance, we have daily opportunities to proveto colleagues and customers and competitors that a genuinehuman being – particularly one who is religious – is honest and decent and fair.Whether it be business or domestic life, communal or politicallife, most of us err not in commission and malice, but inomission and oversight. It is the . . . understanding we fail togive, the pain of others we do not perceive, that are theexpression of our failure to know the presence of God and theheart of man, and that thus cause us and others grief.[Children] are … so many jewels the Almighty entrusts to us,and for which he demands an accounting.Our task in life is to be aware of these precious jewels at everymoment and to guard them faithfully.But if we should fail in our trusteeship, if we should benegligent, if we should allow ourselves the dubious luxury of non-concern and non-involvement so that when God, duringthese days of penitence and introspection, demands anaccounting of us, all we can say is
lo yadati
, I don’t know whatI have done with them or how I have squandered them, then theverdict is unremitting and merciless:
 peshiusa hi zil shelim
 
itis criminal negligence, go and pay!
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