Among Righteous Men: A Tale of Vigilantes and Vindication in by Matthew Shaer

By Matthew Shaer

Inside the hidden global of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn's Crown Heights--a close-knit yet divided community.

On a chilly evening in December, the individuals of a Hasidic anti-crime patrol referred to as the Shomrim are summoned to a yeshiva dormitory in Crown Heights. There to damage up a brawl, the Shomrim as an alternative locate themselves embroiled in a spiritual schism which has cut up the neighborhood and became roommate opposed to roommate, neighbor opposed to neighbor. on the heart of the typhoon is Aron Hershkop, the landlord of an auto-repair company and the chief of the Shomrim. Hershkop watches because the NYPD builds a legal case opposed to his brothers and buddies, it appears with assistance from numerous neighborhood citizens, who've taken the infrequent step of forgoing a ruling from the neighborhood rabbinical council. quickly, each side are squaring off in a Brooklyn legal courtroom, with the Shomrim dealing with gang attack fees and many years in felony. What clash might run so deep it left either side airing their soiled laundry so publicly? This compelling tale takes you to the private corners of a usually hidden world.

  • Features fast paced writing and a real tale with astounding twists, own conflicts, and a demanding trial
  • Offers a glimpse in a in most cases sheltered and personal group many see, yet few be aware of a lot approximately.
  • Centers on an strange guy dealing with a common clash: do you do what’s easy and expedient, or do you do stick to our center, your culture, and your faith?

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Compared to the harsh rhetoric of his predecessor, the seventh Lubavitcher rebbe’s message was decidedly benign. Enough Jews had perished in Europe. Now was the time for rebuilding—for the kindling of the Jewish spirit. Schneerson threw open the doors of Chabad to all Jews, regardless of their affiliation. He welcomed lapsed Jews, secular Jews; he welcomed Jews who had long since forgotten their heritage and Jews who spoke not a word of Hebrew. He told all Jews that they would have a role in welcoming the Messiah, if only they would devote themselves to a life of kindness and yiddishkeit, or the Jewish way of life.

By now, the cop cars would have lit up Eastern Parkway as if it were Broadway. By now, the newsmen would be snapping photographs. From the testimony of Schneur Rotem: Q: Now, how long were you in Room 108? A: A minute or two or three. indd 17 07/07/11 3:48 PM 18 MATTHEW SHAER Rotem eased the door open with his toe and pressed his eye to the inch-wide gap. Where did he think he was going? Rotem, for his part, remembered that he wanted to talk to his friend Jonathan Gorichnick. Others say that Rotem only wanted to run.

My hand is broken. Or: My nose is broken. Or: I lost my tooth! But Rotem stayed quiet, weighed his options. Bided his time. He considered following the example of the bochur Yaakov Shatz, who had literally chucked himself out the window and was now climbing like Spider-Man along the wall of the air shaft. Instead, Rotem gave himself up to the crowd. Went loose. A cop grabbed him by the shoulder, steered him toward the door, and Rotem obeyed. He had never seen the dormitory in such a state. Water spilled out from the bathroom and coursed through the hallway.

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