Archive for the ‘Mesira’ Category

Judaic Mafia Defrauds "Jews" and Forbids Victims From Reporting Crimes

August 30, 2008

It is strictly forbidden to moser [inform the non-Judaic authorities on] either a Jewish person or his property. One who mosers a Jewish person or his property has no share in the world to come. (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat, 388)

More on Orthodox Judaism’s code of omerta in Judaism Discovered, pp. 426-429.

Little outcry heard from alleged victims of pyramid scheme

By Steven G. Vegh
The Virginian-Pilot
August 29, 2008

NORFOLK

Investor Joseph Shereshevsky’s fellow Orthodox Jews are the principal victims he allegedly defrauded in a multimillion-dollar pyramid scheme, prosecutors say.

But there’s little public outcry coming from his synagogue, B’nai Israel Congregation, and Jewish law may be part of the reason.

At the first Saturday service after Shereshevsky’s Aug. 11 arrest, Rabbi Chaim Silver reminded members that Judaism forbids gossip, also known as “lashon hara,” or evil speech.

Participants at the service said Silver did not cite the scandal. But they said the connection was as obvious as the shock generated by the allegations against Shereshevsky.

“I don’t think there’s a single person in the community it hasn’t affected in some way, just because he was a benefactor and so many people had invested in or worked for him,” said a member who asked not to be identified.

Silver did not return several calls for comment. Other members also did not return calls, or refused to comment on Shereshevsky.

Shereshevsky is accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of diverting $100 million from investors with WexTrust Capital, where he was chief operating officer. His business partner, Steven Byers, also was charged.

Prosecutors call it an affinity-fraud case because Shereshevsky allegedly targeted other Orthodox Jews, in addition to other individuals …

The silences may reflect not only the ban on gossip but a Jewish custom that frowns on being a “moser,” or informant, said Samuel Heilman. A sociologist at City University of New York, Heilman writes about American Judaism and Orthodox Jews.

“The moser is somebody who hands over, literally, information that is hurtful regarding Jews to someone – to the authorities,” he said. The custom harkens to Jewish historical experience with anti-Semitic civic authorities.

“The silence speaks volumes – there’s an obvious embarrassment about this,” Heilman said of the Norfolk congregation’s quiet.

Banned from criticism, reluctant perhaps to commend the accused, for most members, “the most obvious and best tactic is to say nothing,” Heilman said.

Jonathan D. Sarna, a Brandeis University scholar of Jewish history, said close-knit Orthodox communities can sometimes function as sub-economies, or networks for doing business or trading information.

“The price you pay is that that can also be abused and it’s always very painful, much as it is in a family when a family member turns out to not be honest,” he said …

Full article:

http://hamptonroads.com/2008/08/little-outcry-heard-alleged-victims-pyramid-scheme

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Judaic Mafia Defrauds "Jews" and Forbids Victims From Reporting Crimes

August 30, 2008

It is strictly forbidden to moser [inform the non-Judaic authorities on] either a Jewish person or his property. One who mosers a Jewish person or his property has no share in the world to come. (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat, 388)

More on Orthodox Judaism’s code of omerta in Judaism Discovered, pp. 426-429.

Little outcry heard from alleged victims of pyramid scheme

By Steven G. Vegh
The Virginian-Pilot
August 29, 2008

NORFOLK

Investor Joseph Shereshevsky’s fellow Orthodox Jews are the principal victims he allegedly defrauded in a multimillion-dollar pyramid scheme, prosecutors say.

But there’s little public outcry coming from his synagogue, B’nai Israel Congregation, and Jewish law may be part of the reason.

At the first Saturday service after Shereshevsky’s Aug. 11 arrest, Rabbi Chaim Silver reminded members that Judaism forbids gossip, also known as “lashon hara,” or evil speech.

Participants at the service said Silver did not cite the scandal. But they said the connection was as obvious as the shock generated by the allegations against Shereshevsky.

“I don’t think there’s a single person in the community it hasn’t affected in some way, just because he was a benefactor and so many people had invested in or worked for him,” said a member who asked not to be identified.

Silver did not return several calls for comment. Other members also did not return calls, or refused to comment on Shereshevsky.

Shereshevsky is accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of diverting $100 million from investors with WexTrust Capital, where he was chief operating officer. His business partner, Steven Byers, also was charged.

Prosecutors call it an affinity-fraud case because Shereshevsky allegedly targeted other Orthodox Jews, in addition to other individuals …

The silences may reflect not only the ban on gossip but a Jewish custom that frowns on being a “moser,” or informant, said Samuel Heilman. A sociologist at City University of New York, Heilman writes about American Judaism and Orthodox Jews.

“The moser is somebody who hands over, literally, information that is hurtful regarding Jews to someone – to the authorities,” he said. The custom harkens to Jewish historical experience with anti-Semitic civic authorities.

“The silence speaks volumes – there’s an obvious embarrassment about this,” Heilman said of the Norfolk congregation’s quiet.

Banned from criticism, reluctant perhaps to commend the accused, for most members, “the most obvious and best tactic is to say nothing,” Heilman said.

Jonathan D. Sarna, a Brandeis University scholar of Jewish history, said close-knit Orthodox communities can sometimes function as sub-economies, or networks for doing business or trading information.

“The price you pay is that that can also be abused and it’s always very painful, much as it is in a family when a family member turns out to not be honest,” he said …

Full article:

http://hamptonroads.com/2008/08/little-outcry-heard-alleged-victims-pyramid-scheme

In NY the Halakha of the Moser Trumps the Law of the Land

May 13, 2008

In places of Judaic dominance such as NY we are increasingly seeing that rabbinic law (halakha) trumps the law of the land in cases such as the one reported below, the case of the herpes-infected mohel from 2005, in numerous cases of rabbinic child molestation, fraud and others.

It is strictly forbidden to moser [inform the non-Judaic authorities on] either a Jewish person or his property. One who mosers a Jewish person or his property has no share in the world to come. (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat, 388)

Jewish code snarls probe into Crown Heights attack

BY LARRY McSHANE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Friday, May 9th 2008, 4:00 AM

Long before the first rapper stopped snitching or any Mafiosi swore an oath of omertà, there was the Jewish law of mesira.

The tenet that forbids Jews from informing on fellow Jews is one of the hurdles facing Brooklyn prosecutors probing the April 14 attack on a black man by two Jewish men, sources told the Daily News.

Authorities – invoking a complaint long cited in cases involving rappers – said the initial probe was hindered by the local Hasidim’s refusal to cooperate.

One source suggested the Orthodox community was taking a page from the rap world’s “stop snitching” handbook. But it was actually lifted directly from the Code of Jewish Law.

“The Hebrew word is mesira, which means basically you are not allowed to be an informant,” said Rabbi Shea Hecht, a well-known figure in Crown Heights.

“In essence, I am not allowed to snitch, period.”

The attack in Crown Heights led Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to empanel an investigative grand jury to try to shake loose reluctant witnesses. It’s the same technique prosecutors tried unsuccessfully in the slaying of rapper Busta Rhymes’ bodyguard in 2006.

Rhymes and about 50 other witnesses refused to cooperate with cops. Their decision was based on street cred. The slaying remains unsolved.

When college student Andrew Charles was attacked in Crown Heights by two men wearing yarmulkes last month, police quickly identified a suspect – the driver of the getaway SUV.

Menachem Ezagui came to the 71st Precinct stationhouse with a lawyer after the vehicle was discovered. Police sources said he refused to answer any questions.

Charles, 20, the son of a city cop, was walking on Albany Ave. when a bicycle-riding assailant sprayed him with Mace. The SUV then pulled up, with a second man jumping out to smash the college sophomore twice with a nightstick, police said.

Cops have made no arrests. A lawyer sought to broker a deal that would have led two Jewish suspects to surrender on reduced charges. Sources said the district attorney’s office rejected the deal, insisting the attack was too severe.

According to Hecht, mesira is not an all-encompassing concept – common sense supersedes the law, as does the responsibility of preventing injury to others. “You’re not allowed to stand on the blood of your brother,” he said.

That comes with a loophole, too. If Jews are convinced that one of their own will not get a fair shake from authorities, they have no obligation to cooperate.

“There are double standards – sometimes they work to your advantage,” Hecht said. “To think there’s no political element to justice in America would be foolish.”

lmcshane@nydailynews.com

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2008/05/09/2008-05-09_jewish_code_snarls_probe_into_crown_heig.html

In NY the Halakha of the Moser Trumps the Law of the Land

May 13, 2008

In places of Judaic dominance such as NY we are increasingly seeing that rabbinic law (halakha) trumps the law of the land in cases such as the one reported below, the case of the herpes-infected mohel from 2005, in numerous cases of rabbinic child molestation, fraud and others.

It is strictly forbidden to moser [inform the non-Judaic authorities on] either a Jewish person or his property. One who mosers a Jewish person or his property has no share in the world to come. (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat, 388)

Jewish code snarls probe into Crown Heights attack

BY LARRY McSHANE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Friday, May 9th 2008, 4:00 AM

Long before the first rapper stopped snitching or any Mafiosi swore an oath of omertà, there was the Jewish law of mesira.

The tenet that forbids Jews from informing on fellow Jews is one of the hurdles facing Brooklyn prosecutors probing the April 14 attack on a black man by two Jewish men, sources told the Daily News.

Authorities – invoking a complaint long cited in cases involving rappers – said the initial probe was hindered by the local Hasidim’s refusal to cooperate.

One source suggested the Orthodox community was taking a page from the rap world’s “stop snitching” handbook. But it was actually lifted directly from the Code of Jewish Law.

“The Hebrew word is mesira, which means basically you are not allowed to be an informant,” said Rabbi Shea Hecht, a well-known figure in Crown Heights.

“In essence, I am not allowed to snitch, period.”

The attack in Crown Heights led Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to empanel an investigative grand jury to try to shake loose reluctant witnesses. It’s the same technique prosecutors tried unsuccessfully in the slaying of rapper Busta Rhymes’ bodyguard in 2006.

Rhymes and about 50 other witnesses refused to cooperate with cops. Their decision was based on street cred. The slaying remains unsolved.

When college student Andrew Charles was attacked in Crown Heights by two men wearing yarmulkes last month, police quickly identified a suspect – the driver of the getaway SUV.

Menachem Ezagui came to the 71st Precinct stationhouse with a lawyer after the vehicle was discovered. Police sources said he refused to answer any questions.

Charles, 20, the son of a city cop, was walking on Albany Ave. when a bicycle-riding assailant sprayed him with Mace. The SUV then pulled up, with a second man jumping out to smash the college sophomore twice with a nightstick, police said.

Cops have made no arrests. A lawyer sought to broker a deal that would have led two Jewish suspects to surrender on reduced charges. Sources said the district attorney’s office rejected the deal, insisting the attack was too severe.

According to Hecht, mesira is not an all-encompassing concept – common sense supersedes the law, as does the responsibility of preventing injury to others. “You’re not allowed to stand on the blood of your brother,” he said.

That comes with a loophole, too. If Jews are convinced that one of their own will not get a fair shake from authorities, they have no obligation to cooperate.

“There are double standards – sometimes they work to your advantage,” Hecht said. “To think there’s no political element to justice in America would be foolish.”

lmcshane@nydailynews.com

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2008/05/09/2008-05-09_jewish_code_snarls_probe_into_crown_heig.html