After we shined a spotlight on the actions of a group of violent thugs in 770 last week, thousands of Anash expressed their reactions in the form of emails and comments.
Several ‘angels of peace’ attempted to spin, rationalize and explain away their actions; but new revelations prove that those actions stretch further back – and are even more shocking – than we would all like to believe.
About six months ago, on the eve of Leil Shimurim – the first night of Pesach – while most Jews were seated around their Seder Tables and reciting the Haggadah, a group of Messianic ‘Tzfatis’ took advantage of the quiet in 770 to wreck mayhem, newly revealed footage shows. Armed with hammers and other tools, they set out to destroy the doors of 770, all in the name of their warped beliefs.
The group spent over three hours breaking and smashing the front and inner doors to the ‘upstairs’ of 770.
They spent over three hours breaking and smashing the front and inner doors to the ‘upstairs’ of 770. They wanted to accomplish two things, breaking in to the ‘upstairs’ Zal to host a Seder, and open the front door of 770 so that the Rebbe can recite shfoch chamoscha.
The group came armed with hammers, chisels, pliers, screwdrivers and WD-40; while some of them spent close to three hours breaking the hinges of the door leading from ‘downstairs 770’ to upstairs, other members of the gang broke open the front door of 770.
Sometime during that lull, a person with a key to the inner door unlocked it, not knowing of the vandalism that had occurred over the past three hours. Toward the end of the video you can see a man pull the door and it comes completely off its hinges.
After succeeding in busting open the front door to 770, and a sizeable crowd can be seen in the video gathering and doing a ‘victory dance.’ While celebrating their ‘victory’ they proceed to smash open the display case of Kehot Seforim and throw to the floor all of the holy books in which the Rebbe’s name appears with Ziy”a.
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Who Are these Thugs?
Shimon Belinitzky of Kfar Chabad (whose brother proudly testified against the Shomrim Six); Meir Friedman, a graduate of the Tzfas Yeshiva; Shmuel Lipsh, a graduate of the Tzfas Yeshiva; Yossi Halperin, a graduate of the Tzfas Yeshivah and Yisroel Granovater from Israel. These are but a few of the names that have so far been identified.
10 Years Later: The Enablers
The craziness of these Mashichistim and their terror tactics predates the founding of CrownHeights.info. It all began with Bentzion Frishman, Yaacov Thaler and Mendel Sharf – then three Bochurim in Kvutzeh – who took it upon themselves to ‘fix’ the plaque above the cornerstone without the permission of Merkos or Aguch.
Like thieves in the night, they came with tools and ripped off the old plaque – which itself had been defaced to remove the Ztz”l and Ziy”a – and installed a new plaque bearing Yechi and Shlit”a.
At the time, Merkos sought to quash the madness by involving the authorities, only to be temporarily thwarted by the Gaboim, who intervened and injected themselves into the lawsuit.
It has been ten years and hundreds of thousands of dollars since, and the legal matters are still dragging out, preventing those with the power and willingness to do something about this madness the ability to do so. Those keeping the matter alive are the current Gabboim of 770, including: Zalman Lipsker, Avrohom Holtzberg, Menachem Gerlitzky and Yosef Losh, who are continually thwarting Merkos’ attempts to put an end to this madness and remove these thugs once and for all from 770.
The Silence is Deafening
Though some apologists say that this is only a ‘friendly disagreement amongst brothers’ – or worse, claim that it is fabrication – these images clearly show that it is not; it is time to call a spade a spade and put an end to the madness.
The shocking violence and terror tactics, which stem from extreme fanaticism, have no connection to anything sacred and are not born of anything pure. This is not a difference of opinion; it is an attempt by some to force their opinions upon us all with the use of violence and intimidation.
Those who support this madness by virtue of their silence allow for the next generation to be brainwashed and follow in the footsteps of their mentors and indoctrinators. The release of these surveillance videos demonstrates that Halacha and the Rebbe do not factor into the actions of these men.
We attempted to refrain from exposing this madness in the hopes that it would be dealt with quickly and quietly. We now see how big of a mistake that was.
The Yeshivos back in Israel need to be held accountable, as does the central Tomchei Temimim here in Crown Heights – which runs the Kvutzeh program that hosts and provides for these dangerous elements.
Merkos and Aguch must be allowed to clean up 770, and pressure must be put on the Gabboim to keep them from getting in the way.
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