By Matthew Shaer
On a chilly evening in December, the contributors 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 in its place locate themselves embroiled in a spiritual schism which has break up the neighborhood and grew to become 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 acquaintances, it appears with assistance from 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 felony courtroom, with the Shomrim dealing with gang attack fees and a long time in criminal. What clash may run so deep it left each side airing their soiled laundry so publicly? This compelling tale takes you to the inner most corners of a typically hidden world.
- Features fast paced writing and a real tale with incredible twists, own conflicts, and a demanding trial
- Offers a glimpse in a more often than not 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 stick to our center, your culture, and your faith?
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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. Meanwhile, he held on tight to that piece of paper, which turned out to be a hand-written list of the names and addresses of all of the men in the Crown Heights Shomrim.
Indd 27 8/3/11 9:16 PM 28 MATTHEW SHAER Shomrim members, kitted out in navy blue, piled on top of a terrified homeless black man, everyone screaming, and the Shomrim saying they were only helping hold the guy until the real cops showed up. Or a couple of Shmira guys, their radios flopping around loose on their belts, pacing up and down Kingston Avenue as if they were gunslingers at the OK Corral. But everyone understood that the Shomrim and the Shmira were basically untouchable. Word from the top was that these communityminded individuals could be a help, if only the 7-1 and the 7-7 would let them.
He said only that not a single one of the men was home. Of course, it’s possible—and indeed probable, considering that word of a possible arrest was already circulating around the shops of Kingston—that the men were home. That they were peering out from behind the curtains on the second floor, watching Duffy knock. indd 29 07/07/11 3:48 PM 30 MATTHEW SHAER made the error of visiting the parents’ homes, which are often the only listed addresses for young Lubavitchers—the younger generation preferring to fly under the radar, using cell phones and e-mail and Facebook and not land lines.
Among Righteous Men: A Tale of Vigilantes and Vindication in Hasidic Crown Heights by Matthew Shaer