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 participants of a Hasidic anti-crime patrol known as the Shomrim are summoned to a yeshiva dormitory in Crown Heights. There to wreck up a brawl, the Shomrim in its place locate themselves embroiled in a spiritual schism which has break up the neighborhood and became roommate opposed to roommate, neighbor opposed to neighbor. on the heart of the hurricane is Aron Hershkop, the landlord of an auto-repair enterprise and the chief of the Shomrim. Hershkop watches because the NYPD builds a felony case opposed to his brothers and associates, it appears with the aid of a number of 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 court docket, with the Shomrim dealing with gang attack fees and many years in felony. What clash might run so deep it left each side airing their soiled laundry so publicly? This compelling tale takes you to the private corners of a in most cases hidden world.

  • Features fast paced writing and a real tale with impressive twists, own conflicts, and a demanding trial
  • Offers a glimpse in a quite often 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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Others had been unlucky enough to get a front-row seat to the Crown Heights race riots, which forever sullied their opinion of New York’s finest. In 1991, a car in the rebbe’s caravan had veered off course and struck an apartment building near the corner of Utica and President, knocking over a stone pillar, killing a small Guyanese boy, injuring his cousin, and setting fire to the neighborhood. The neighborhood had burned for three days. The police counted 225 incidents of robbery or burglary; 152 cops were injured, along with 38 civilians; 27 NYPD vehicles were damaged or destroyed.

As a young man, he married Chaya Mushka Schneerson, the daughter of the sixth rebbe. The couple spent time in Berlin and Paris, where Menachem Mendel received a degree in engineering from the Sorbonne. In some early pictures, he appears to wear his beard short—something of an affront to ultraOrthodox tradition, which requires all men to let their facial hair grow. Menachem Mendel certainly lived a relatively cosmopolitan lifestyle. indd 39 07/07/11 3:49 PM 40 MATTHEW SHAER theology from a young age, he did so with none of the overt piety of his peers.

Either way, the place is a speck in the sprawling Brooklyn sea. A countable number of buildings in a borough of millions. Right away, Brian Duffy, kicking around Jewish Crown Heights in search of his suspects, would have sensed the parameters of the world on the south side of the Parkway. Compared to the varied and eclectic architecture of North Brooklyn—the brownstones and the prewar beauties and the modernist glass high-rises—Crown Heights really had only three kinds of buildings. It had mansions.

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