Va’ad HaTznius Accused Of Serious Threats And Extortion

By Vos Iz Neias
January 30, 2013

Allegations have been received by The Brooklyn district attorney Charles J. Hynes that shadowy members of the Va’ad HaTznius had invaded homes to seize computer equipment and also an iPad.

The New York Times (is.gd/8HuhYA) reports that unknown members of the Va’ad also threatened a married man who was having an affair to pay the members money for what they describe as “therapy” or else he will be shamed publicly.

Members of the Va’ad consider themselves as “Gut’s polizei” according to Yosef Rapaport, a Hasidic journalist using the words for “God’s police.”.

Other threats were made by the Va’ad towards clothing stores on Lee Ave in Williamsburg over mannequins displaying women’s clothing.

Though these groups have long been existing in the Charedi community they only came into light with the trial of Nechemya Weberman.

Rabbi Allan Nadler, director of the Jewish studies program at Drew University in Madison, N.J, who testified in the Weberman case, said the Va’ad Hatznius actions have reverberated through the community for years. He also added that they continue operating without the tacit blessings of rabbinical leaders.