In keeping with the norms of contemporary culture, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, announced, after allegations of sexual predation against him surfaced in the New York Times, that he would enter therapy. He would deal with his bad behavior, he said, by “finding a way to channel my anger,” perhaps through a movie that would force the resignation of President Trump—an outcome that he would celebrate in a party “at the same place I had my bar mitzvah.” But board members of the Weinstein Company decided that they couldn’t afford to give him such an opportunity—on Sunday, they fired him from the firm he founded.
It’s unfortunate that the Times story came out just after the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur—for that, rather than a new bar mitzvah celebration, offers Weinstein a much better path toward contrition. One wonders whether Weinstein went to synagogue on that recent High Holy Day. If he did, he’d have had the chance to confess, with astounding specificity, to the sins with which he’s been charged—and been given a path to take for redeeming himself.
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