By Matthew Shaer
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 a substitute locate themselves embroiled in a spiritual schism which has cut up the group and grew to become roommate opposed to roommate, neighbor opposed to neighbor. on the heart of the hurricane 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 associates, 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 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 regularly hidden world.
- Features fast moving writing and a real tale with awesome twists, own conflicts, and a demanding trial
- Offers a glimpse in a in general 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 middle, your culture, and your faith?
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Worst of all, Paul Huebner, a local Lubavitch lawyer, had apparently accompanied the bochurim to the hospital, which could mean that he was helping them prepare charges against the Shomrim guys. Which could also mean the cops would be dishing out arrest warrants later tonight. The Crown Heights Shomrim had weathered a hell of a lot in the last ten years, and after every disaster—after every brawl and restraining order and arrest warrant—the members had bounced back. It was a resilient organization, composed of some of the most principled men Hershkop knew.
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. The 77th was wide and short, bounded by Atlantic to the north, Ralph Avenue to the east, and Flatbush—all the way over in Prospect Heights or Park Slope, depending on whether you were talking to a real estate broker or a Brooklyn lifer—to the west.
A line of brick mansions dubbed “Doctor’s Row” went up on President Street; the limestone row houses on Union Street were commandeered by servants. Ebbets Field—that great hitter’s paradise—was completed in 1913, on the embers of a collection of shanties formerly known as Pigtown. A fifteen-hundred-seat “deluxe” cinema opened on Eastern Parkway. By 1940, Crown Heights had come to encompass a brick-shaped chunk of north-central Brooklyn, bounded by Atlantic Avenue to the north, Lefferts Avenue to the south, Washington Avenue to the west, and Ralph Avenue to the east.
Among Righteous Men: A Tale of Vigilantes and Vindication in Hasidic Crown Heights by Matthew Shaer