Bad Neighbors

A haredi family in Brooklyn, in a mixed Jewish and Italian neighborhood, wants to build a synagogue on a site where a home stands. The haredim go to the city and get a permit for interior demolition, meaning the shell and basic structure of the building would remain as is. The haredim then proceed to tear down the entire building, leaving a heap of rubble on the lot where their new synagogue will one day stand. The city lets them get away with this serious code violation, in part because haredim control much of the local community council.

But there is more to this story. Before demolition, the haredim’s architect hired a private contractor to check the building for asbestos, a dangerous substance that would need to be removed before demolition. Asbestos was found. A report containing this information was filed by the architect with the city. Haredim demolish the home anyway, without removing the asbestos,, and for about one year, dust containing that asbestos has filled the air of the neighborhood.

Three weeks ago, a local resident who had worked with and been poisoned by asbestos years before, saw asbestos on the property. He called the city. The city sent out inspectors, closed the site, issued a stop work order, and fined the haredim $10,000.

Dina d’malchuta dina, the law of the land is the law, except, it seems all to often, if you are haredi-connected.

CBS-2 TV News has their investigation of this sorry affair posted. The worse part is the potential danger to the neighborhoods children, Italians and Jews alike.

The rabbi of this synagogue, Kehillah L’Dovid, appears to be named Schick. His wife is Goldy Schick. Are they related to Marvin Schick?



Filed under Crime, Haredim

7 responses to “Bad Neighbors

  1. Yochanan Lavie

    Schick happens.

  2. gross

    That’s right. Piss off the neighbors. Reminds me of own issue with a heimishe neighbor and the noisy construction at 7am on a Sunday morning. “Do you know it is illegal to begin construction before 10am on Sunday if within 300 feet of a house of worship?” I asked. I was met with a blank stare. I would have reported him but I had pity for the Mexican day laborers who probably really depended on the $50 they would receive at the end of the day.

  3. Nigritude Ultramarine

    Dina d’malchuta dina, the law of the land is the law

    It’s just “silly” goyim and their “silly” laws.

  4. Isa

    Asbestos in houses can come from the ‘vinyl’ tiles on the floor but is unlikely to raise much dust or more likely asbestos siding. Asbestos siding is really a combination of cement and asbestos. Breaking that stuff up would cause lots of dust. Then again while I have not heard of this problem the asbestos could have gotten mixed with the plaster that was used inside the house- that would be a nightmare.

  5. Nigritude Ultramarine

    Here’s an interesting take on dina d’malchuta dina from Vintage Frumteens:

    So far, Napster is legal.

    But in any case, the majority of poskim hold that Dina D’Malchusa (“Law of the land”) applies only to laws regarding our relationship with the government, such as taxes, etc. But regarding what is considered wrong between two private citizens, Dina D’Malchusa does not apply.

    aharon Posted – 27 September 2000 22:56

    In other words, pay your taxes but cheat the goy.


  6. Of course, haredim are notorious for cheating on their taxes, as well …

  7. me

    and Shmarya, I think you should give moshe SOME CREDIT, at least he’s sincere enough, and sensitized enough to at least try to explain.

    In conclusion, there IS a lot of LIES circling the internet about judaism, these are distortion, and quotes taken out of context. As Gil Student so eloquently points out.

    But it be for their own good. If judaism as a whole condemns this kind of “mysticism.”

    Let them not have an arguement!… thanks.

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