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 wreck up a brawl, the Shomrim as an alternative locate themselves embroiled in a non secular schism which has cut up the neighborhood and became roommate opposed to roommate, neighbor opposed to neighbor. on the middle of the typhoon is Aron Hershkop, the landlord of an auto-repair enterprise and the chief of the Shomrim. Hershkop watches because the NYPD builds a legal case opposed to his brothers and acquaintances, it sounds as if 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, either side are squaring off in a Brooklyn legal courtroom, with the Shomrim dealing with gang attack fees and a long time in criminal. What clash may run so deep it left either side airing their soiled laundry so publicly? This compelling tale takes you to the private corners of a ordinarily hidden world.

  • Features fast paced writing and a real tale with unbelievable twists, own conflicts, and a stressful trial
  • Offers a glimpse in a often sheltered and personal group many see, yet few understand 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 persist with our middle, your culture, and your faith?

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And then, on the morning of Tuesday, January 22, 2008, in they came, sullenly walking single file off Utica and through the scarred metal doors, a late holiday present for the 7-7. They might as well have been wrapped in big red bows. Gadi Hershkop, Ben Lifshitz, Nussi Slater, Schneur Pinson, and Chaim Hershkop. Yehuda Hershkop, who was out of town, showed up the week after that. One by one, Officer Brian Duffy read them their rights, and put each man under arrest. indd 32 07/07/11 3:48 PM AMONG RIGHTEOUS MEN 33 Later, the Hershkop brothers would blame Duffy for actively participating in what they considered a wide-ranging conspiracy to put the Shomrim permanently out of business.

Crime around here, I guarantee you, it’s going to pick up,” a resident told the Times. “This year it’s going to pick up. ” Ray Kelly, the police commissioner, had rented out space at a SUNY satellite campus in mid-December, ostensibly to introduce a new community partnership program for Crown Heights and Flatbush but really to soothe everyone’s nerves—to let them know that the NYPD was paying attention. indd 22 07/07/11 3:48 PM AMONG RIGHTEOUS MEN 23 For Brian Duffy, a complaint from the Hasidic community would have been a relatively rare occurrence.

He was clutching a single sheet of paper, but when Duffy tried to read the writing at the top of the page, Rotem ripped it backward. “Okay,” Huebner said, dancing back into the room, his timing impeccable. indd 25 07/07/11 3:48 PM 26 MATTHEW SHAER Few Israeli bochurim speak English—unlike local Lubavitchers, they rarely interact with outsiders—and Rotem spoke almost none at all. This worked to his advantage. The kid was able to collect himself between each question, accept advice from Huebner, and prevent Duffy from issuing any kind of rapid-fire follow-up.

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