The Holy Mesivta of New Square publishes a letter in the name of the Skere Rebbe, David Twersky, that says anyone who commits violent acts against dissidents will cause worse damage to Skvere and the Rebbe than attack victim Aron Rottenberg's attorney, MIchael Sussman, ever could.
Originally posted at 11:34 pm CDT Thursday, June 2.
Sussman is hated because he has called for a federal investigation into the attack on the Rottenbergs, and because he is known as an attorney who has successfully handled other hasidic disputes.
This letter was posted on HydePark (scroll down), the Israeli haredi forum. It was copied from there and sent to me by a reader.
Here is a rough translation:
We wish to announce what the Rebbe, may he live a long life, commanded the chief judge of the religious court of New Square, may he live a long life, today:
"Publicly announce in my name that people will say that they [the Rebbe and New Square’s rabbinic and political leadership] condemned violence only because the Rebbe is giving up his honor [i.e., he is under great external pressure so he has to look as if he opposes violence, and has to make himself appear as if he must follow secular law], but we must continue on [with the violence and harassment] and be willing to sacrifice ourselves for the Rebbe’s honor [by doing what he really wants: harassing dissidents].
"I want to tell them that if they commit violent acts [now], it is very bad for Skvere and for me, more than anything the lawyer Sussman might do. Do not make harassing telephone calls [to dissidents, or to Sussman], and do not even talk badly [about them].
"In the merit of listening to the words of the sages [i.e., the great rabbis / the Rebbe] we will receive the holy Torah with all of its good results [i.e., we will be protected from Sussman, the federal and state governments, etc., we will live prosperous, healthy lives, etc.]."