RABBI ISRAEL SHEMTOV seems to pop up in the right place at the right time.
Three years ago in his
Crown Heights neighborhood, he
rescued a woman who, bleeding profusely from nearly a dozen bullet wounds, was crawling out of a basement.He
car and sped to a nearby hospital.On Monday, three years to the day, he
was driving over the Brooklyn Bridge when he
stopped and talked a distraught man out of jumping.
Others might say he
has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.The founder of a Lubavitch Hasidim neighborhood patrol, Rabbi Shemtov admits with a sly smile that he has been arrested "many times" for obstructing government administration.
In the sometimes zealous pursuit of assorted bad guys, as well as in reaction to insults to his
has been charged over the years with assault, rioting and just plain getting in the way.
bends the rules.But he
insists that he
always follows the Book."In different parts of the Torah, it is quoted that he who saves one soul, it is as if he saved the entire world," said Rabbi Shemtov, a pixie-ish man with gray hair and a red-flecked beard.
"It's totally immaterial whether they're black or white or any race or religion or color.A human being you have to help."
Other people would just as soon walk away from a fracas or a crime rather than risk injury or arrest.Rabbi Shemtov says he can't ignore what goes on around him.His
record, as well as the numerous cars he
has driven into the ground after one chase too many, is the price he
"Any lady cooking in her
house would have bandages in the medicine cabinet," he
...With traffic backed up, Rabbi Shemtov began to shout up to the man."He was yelling and screaming that he was taking his life," Rabbi Shemtov said.
A good amount of that is attributable to Israel Shemtov
involvement in the neighborhood."It's in his
nature: Do what you can.Take a chance.
"Why should I put my neck out?"Rabbi Shemtov asked.
...A founder of Shmira, Rabbi Israel Shemtov, said he was not familiar with the details in this incident or the people involved.
Of the two patrols, he
often joked that he
would like to "lock you both in one room until you straighten it out and come out as one unit."
Of the 500 teens who participated in the survey, 52% said they believe Israel
faces "a certain threat of destruction" and 30% said they believe "Israel
is under a serious threat of destruction," up from 24% who saw a serious threat in last year's survey.
The vast majority of the respondents - 91% - were found to have an awareness of global anti-Semitism, but 80% had never personally encountered anti-Semitism themselves.The average Israeli teen, according to the researchers, says he
has only a small or reasonable amount of knowledge and tools to react in the face of anti-Semitism.
Schools are the major source of awareness of anti-Semitism - but half of those polled said they felt they should be learning more.Thirty percent said they had no awareness of acts against Jewish institutions in Israel
"Yet there is a growing awareness of contemporary anti-Semitism and threats to Israel's