Quebec, Canada – Montreal Hasidic Community Asked To Be Vigilant Following Theft Of Hasidic Garb

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Montreal, Canada – On the heels of an unusual home break-in on July 25 that saw thieves take a pass on all other valuables and steal only two shtreimels and a bekishe, Hasidic leaders are asking members of the community to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior.

CBC.ca (http://bit.ly/1pXeXfZ) reports that the odd choice of stolen items has left community leaders both perplexed and on edge, especially in light of the current situation in Gaza.

Zvi Hershcovich, who runs a Hasidic blog, said, “What’s significant is not the fact that they were stolen, what’s significant is the fact that there were other valuables in the home, much more valuable. Only those were stolen.”

“There was a motive behind it,” Hershcovich said. “The suspicion now with the war on Gaza is that it may have been Muslim extremists, and that’s why were are warning the community. If they put them on and they walk into a synagogue they could be seen as regular Hasidic Jews and they could potentially do anything.”

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  1. The suspicion now with the war on Gaza is that it may have been Muslim extremists, and that’s why were are warning the community. If they put them on and they walk into a synagogue they could be seen as regular Hasidic Jews and they could potentially do anything

    True

    • Password not good enough…they can be passed on somehow….need something stronger…unless the password were announced in someone’s house where all members were known exclusively…AND NOT ANNOUNCED IN SHUL.

    • That is not true and you know it. Don’t besmirch the frum people who don’t go into the army. The environment of the IDF threatens the yiras shomayim of a young frum man and that is one of the reasons they don’t enter the army. Also, there is tremendous value in the prayers and learning of a frum Jew, as just fighting alone is not what Hashem wants. But the truth is that the person who puts his life on the line (ie, the soldier, is higher than the one who davens and prays.

    • most people recognize their members and if a stranger comes in, first thing ask them in our language any question that has a simple answer…but certainly do not publicize it like you just did, ver bisti…
      could be any question a two year old could answer you from yiddiskeit, figure it out by yourselves… Because they could also learn the fundamentals…like all the arab shnorrers on 13th avenue…who know what to ask in our language.

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