By Matthew Shaer
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 damage up a brawl, the Shomrim in its place 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 middle 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 legal case opposed to his brothers and associates, it seems that 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 courtroom, with the Shomrim dealing with gang attack fees and a long time in legal. What clash may run so deep it left each side airing their soiled laundry so publicly? This compelling tale takes you to the private corners of a as a rule hidden world.
- Features fast moving writing and a real tale with striking twists, own conflicts, and a stressful trial
- Offers a glimpse in a commonly sheltered and personal neighborhood 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 keep on with our center, your culture, and your faith?
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Extra resources for Among Righteous Men: A Tale of Vigilantes and Vindication in Hasidic Crown Heights
Later that night, Rotem’s friends had taken him to Kings County Hospital, where he was treated for a fracture of the metacarpal bone. indd 21 07/07/11 3:48 PM 22 MATTHEW SHAER According to Mr. Rotem, his attackers were the members of the Crown Heights Shomrim Rescue Patrol, a freelance anticrime unit made up entirely of local Hasidim. If Rotem was telling the truth, the police had collared the wrong guys on December 29. Duffy, block-faced and blond, had been stationed at the 7-7 for only a year or so, but he had already become used to its sprawl, its peculiar patterns of life, the way things stayed interesting but not so interesting that you needed a bulletproof vest to get a cup of coffee.
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.
Schrage carved up the neighborhood into numbered districts and gave every volunteer a call sign. He saw Crown Heights as being like a checkerboard and the members of his patrol as the plastic pieces. During the height of the summer of ’64, while violent crime rates continued to corkscrew upward, he had four cars working the neighborhood on a grid pattern, criss-crossing east to west on Eastern Parkway and Crown and north to south on Utica, Kingston, and New York Avenue. Schrage bragged that no block in Crown Heights ever went unsurveilled for more than two minutes.
Among Righteous Men: A Tale of Vigilantes and Vindication in Hasidic Crown Heights by Matthew Shaer