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 contributors 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 non secular schism which has break up the neighborhood 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 felony 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, either side are squaring off in a Brooklyn legal courtroom, with the Shomrim dealing with gang attack fees and many years in criminal. What clash may possibly 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 quite often hidden world.

  • Features fast moving writing and a real tale with brilliant twists, own conflicts, and a annoying trial
  • Offers a glimpse in a typically sheltered and personal neighborhood many see, yet few recognize a lot approximately.
  • Centers on an strange guy dealing with a common clash: do you do what’s basic and expedient, or do you do stick to our center, your culture, and your faith?

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The standard starter unit for a young Hasidic family. Cheap, easy to heat, anonymous. Most of the complexes were on the outskirts of the settlement—on New York or Troy or even on Utica or south near Empire. But the standard building block of Hasidic Crown Heights was the limestone row house. East of Kingston on President, the row houses were polished, clean, and gleaming white like freshly cleaned teeth. Farther out, they were chipped, musty, and bruised by the passing seasons. All of them were a neat three stories tall and pressed together, wall to wall, each one resembling the last, the only distinguishing characteristics the color of the door, the shape of the front porch, the color of the flag flapping in the breeze.

The majority were married, with families of their own; others were young and brash and looking for a fight. Schrage warned every recruit that the work of a Crown Heights Maccabee would often be mundane. One day, a member might be walking an old woman home from the supermarket or fixing a flat tire. The next he might be driving for hours across the whole of Central Brooklyn, passing darkened storefronts and empty streets, peering blearily out rain-soaked windows, praying for the shift to end. Only rarely would he be afforded an opportunity to barrel down an alley after some knife-wielding criminal.

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. 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.

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