The Jewish community shares the pain of the Kletzky family in the wake of the tragic death of eight-year-old Leiby. The fact that so many people put aside their daily concerns to join the search for the youngster last week is but one sign of the solidarity and compassion that was evident throughout the painful ordeal.
Police in Williamsburg arrested two teens who were apprehended by the volunteer Shomrim Patrol following a violent attack Monday night, the second such attack in two weeks.
Moshe Guttman, 44, was attacked in the same area where Joel Weinberger was brutally assaulted on Thanksgiving Day, near Beer HaTorah yeshiva on Wallabout Street and Harrison Avenue around 11 p.m. as he was leaving a Chanukah party. The attackers fled after Guttman started screaming and the Shomrim caught the suspects as they ran.
Early in my career at The Jewish Week, I had a chance to ride with Chaim Deutsch through the streets of Flatbush in his Shomrim Patrol car as he searched for car thieves, drug dealers and other wrongdoers in the mostly tranquil, heavily Orthodox neighborhood.
It was an uneventful night, as is often the case, but the Shomrim, working closely with the police, have taken their share of miscreants off the streets.