And, like Super Glue, it must be handled very carefully, or it will end up sticking things together that would be better off not stuck.
Touching another person (in Hebrew, negiah), as casually as its regarded in many circles, is far more powerful than most of us appreciate.
Department of Education staff have been aware of this since at least 2010 but does not appear to have acted to prevent the destruction of these records.
In response to the allegations, the Department for Education said that the redacted internal memo will be investigated.
Traditional Judaism, always an astute observer of the human scene, stipulates that men and women who are not close relatives should exercise extreme caution and sensitivity in expressing affection for one another through touch.
In short, Judaism says, Unless you’re close relatives or married to each other, don’t.
On your way out, you comment to the manager about how little waiters earn for working so hard. Notice, incidentally, that in neither case was the touch sensual or even affectionate.
The very act we moderns see as a heroic struggle against the forces of “Victorian” prudery and repression—everything about our sex—is in fact obeisance to the “singular imperialism” that begins in the confession booth and reaches primary expression on the psychoanalyst’s couch.Even when not fueled by desire, touch can leave people feeling distinctly warmer and more connected to each other.Touch works like Super Glue: take two people who aren’t opposed to connecting to each other, and touch will make them feel closer.That JTA News Service reported that same month that Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, the vice-president of Agudath Israel of America’s Supreme Council of Rabbinic Sages, insisted in a speech in Flatbush, Brooklyn that the sexual abuse of a child should be reported to a rabbi, who would then determine if the police should be called.The misguided speech occurred on July 12, the same day members of the New York Jewish Orthodox community were frantically searching for 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, whose dismembered body was found the following day in a dumpster and in the apartment of Levi Aron, a suspected child predator.
It is true that Freud finds his place in this genealogy only after a centuries-long period in which secularized state apparatuses and discourses—medicine, law, pedagogy, and so on—had taken over the confessor role from priests and pastors.