The Dovid Fischer saga is the story of Crown Heights. The corrupt community leaders of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council Inc., along with their Rabbonim and allies, dragged the entire community into their communal wars over three decades ago. Since that time, the in-fighting, hatred, and internecine battles, have grown unceasingly. While Dovid Fischer is no longer at the epicenter, the communal wars still rage on. There are new names and faces, and still some of the old ones too but, the same methods of operation have always been used. This includes a corrupt cabal that has maintained control over the mechanisms of local political power and influence. This cabal has been using fear, intimidation, bullying, deceit, bribery, and a myriad of the same underhanded dirty tricks used by tyrants throughout history. These methods have been tested and proven to work over time, as there is nothing new under the sun.
As illustrated in George Orwell’s seminal book Animal Farm, corrupt totalitarians of all kinds gain their power through focusing on and creating an outside enemy or group of enemies. Maligning and slandering this outside enemy, whether it be Dovid Fischer, Aguch/Krinsky the Shomrim/Hershop brothers, is essential if the cabal is to gain the loyalty of the masses. Fanning the flames of fear and hatred among the people arouses their need and desire for the cabal’s leadership and protection. Help us and support us, the cabal will claim, because if not, the enemies, who are far worse than we could ever be, will take over. Classical scapegoat theory comes into to play as the Dovid Fishers and the Hershkops of the world become the ‘Jews’ of Crown Heights- convenient targets upon whom to place all the blame. No money for community programs? The CHJCC is ineffectual, even harmful to the community? Not their fault! If only the Fishers and/or the Hershkops would get out of their way everything would be wonderful. It’s an old con game however, and the good news is that the con is up. The corrupt ones have overplayed their hand.
There have been too many good Yidden of our community damaged by the cabal over the past decades. Too many lives have been disrupted, reputations ruined, too many dreams have been deferred, and far too little has been done to make a better quality of life for the people of Crown Heights. Literally a fortune of money has been wasted by the CHJCC and their allies on Machlokes. That was Jewish community money that should have been used to build our community, to help heal and comfort our fellow Jews. Instead, millions of dollars have been squandered by the cabal just to keep themselves in business and in power while they perniciously use the name of the Rebbe and Lubavitch to spread divisiveness, Sinas Chinam, and Chillul Hashem.
The following pages are just as relevant today as when they were written in 1991. The aftermath of the Crown Heights riots saw the tragic death of an innocent Jew, Yankel Rosenbaum a”h. His death occurred in large part because of the incompetence and corruption of the CHJCC and was the last straw that led to exposing the lies and deceit of the Dovid Fischer story. The truth came out then, as it is coming out now.
How many more outrageous crimes against the good Yidden of Crown Heights must the cabal commit before the people rise up to assert their rights for truth and justice? How much longer can we sit back and allow the Rebbe’s shechuna and his holy name be dragged further and further into the the shmutz? It is time to get angry. The time for change is now.
Conclusion: The Bar Kamtza Affair– Revisited?
The Beis HaMikdash was destroyed because of Sinas Chinam [Pure Hate]. The initial precipitating event was caused by only a few people. Bar Kamtza was able to deface the animal offered to the Romans because he knew the Halacha [Jewish Law]. A frum Yid with knowledge can sometimes do more harm than one who knows little.
Some opinions say that the responsibility for the destruction lies ultimately with Rabbi Zecharia because he failed to speak out and stop it from happening when he could have. To remain silent is to condone.
The silent majority has had enough of this tyranny and corruption. The good Yidden of Anash do not want any more of these machlokes. Anash is fed up and weary of the corrupt cabal and its decades of mesira, draining of community money, and neglect of communal needs.
During the Dovid Fischer saga there was no Internet. If there had been the corrupt cabal would surely have been exposed. The truth is now there for everyone to see. The proof published on WIS is overwhelming. By following the money trail and publicizing many smoking guns, WIS has brought the CHJCC and its allies completely out into the open. They have nowhere to run. Their lies are no longer working. Now is the time to keep exposing them.