London Haredi Rabbi Calls For Secret Modesty Squad To Spy On And Harass Haredim
"Recently an epidemic has taken hold deep within the community, whereby even respectable men from the Haredi community are going out at night to dubious and problematic places, which are hostile to the spirit of chachamim [a Talmudic reference to filthy places]. The phenomenon is becoming more and more widespread, and we have to put an end to this" by forming a secrect modesty squad to spy on them and expose them.
Both translations posted below were made by the source who sent this poster to FailedMessiah.com.
We are turning towards members of the community, between the ages of 35 and 50 for an urgent calling to participate in
An Emergency Meeting and of Great Urgency
Which will be held on Tuesday at 8:15 pm
Anyone who sees himself as a vigorous, proactive and secretive man is asked to participate in this meeting, because our lives depends on this. And may it be in front of father in heaven that the will of God should prevail in our hands.
I hereby sign his with a full Heart
Who is Rabbi Yosef Binyomin Wosner, the rabbi who signed the above poster?
Wosner, I'm told, is originally from Israel. He is a gransdon of the leading posek (rabbinic decisor) for the hasidic world, Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner.
Yosef Wosner moved to London a few years ago after he was invited to become the head rabbi of the Aharon faction of Satmar there.
Wosner also sits on the rabbinate of the His'achdus Kehilos HaCharedi (The Union of Haredi Communities in the UK).
What was his emergency meeting about?
According to the Hebrew-language haredi news website Kikar HaShabbat, this:
Rabbi Wosner began the meeting stating that "recently an epidemic has taken hold deep within the community, whereby even respectable men from the Haredi community are going out at night to dubious and problematic places, which are hostile to the spirit of chachamim [a Talmudic reference to filthy places]."
He went on: "The phenomenon is becoming more and more widespread, and we have to put an end to this".
A participant at the meeting said to Kikar HaShabbat: "Everyone at the meeting understood that Rabbis Wosner was talking about young men who go out to pubs, betting casinos or even worse."
Rabbi Wosner asked for volunteers to work for his new specialised Mishmeres Ha'tznius, and "follow these partygoers - who slip out late at night to satisfy their dark desires - and expose them publicly. Only then will this phenomenon end".
Rabbi Wosner went on to say that when he live in Bnei Brak, he established a similar secretive volunteer committee and it was very effective. "We disguised ourselves, dressed in different clothing, and followed after rebellious offenders." He stressed that he wants to set up a similar body in London.
"Let's expose the faces of these transgressors, I ask that you donate your time for this important mission and take upon yourselves to patrol/spy at night between the hours of 11pm and 2am".
A participant at the meeting also informed Kikar HaShabbat, that there was further discussion to create a detailed map of the problematic areas and streets [which need to be patrolled].
I'd imagine a quick call to the police by any of the people harassed or extorted by Wosner and men would probably lead to a quick end to Wosner's secret modesty spy squad – and perhaps the criminal indictment of some or all of its members. I'm told a previous (and more public) attempt to set up a similar modesty spy squad ended after police paid a visit to the organizers.
For those interested, here is the London Metropolitan Police information sheet on stalking.