Shocking and unconscionable video had emerged from within the halls of 770 last week, depicting brutal violence alongside coordinated action disrupting study along with vandalism of Shul property in the effort of preventing the study of the Rebbe’s torah due idealistic disagreements.
A group of individual who oppose the study of the reshimos of the Rebbe took their opposition to new lows, resorting to physical violence and destruction of 770s’ tables and benches in order to disrupt its study.
The controversy surrounds the recent publication of a series of booklets by the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim, titled “Kesovis Yehovis,” which were published for Bochurim an Anash to prepare for Yud Alef Nissan – the birthday of the Rebbe, and were being studied by the many students in Kevutzeh once a week.
Opposition to the study of reshimos by a number of individuals resulted in shocking violence and destruction last week when they escalated their efforts to stop its study through the use of violence.
Cellphone and security surveillance video revealed shocking scenes with individuals throwing punches, choking and otherwise vandalizing property, all in an effort to stop the study of the booklets.
Apparently this violence and disruption has been going on for weeks, and initially began with ‘silent’ protests with the disrupters shutting off lights during study hours, playing videos of the Rebbe over loudspeakers, then making ‘Adar Dancing’ take place an hour earlier and even writing down the names of those participating in an effort to intimidate.
Things escalated two weeks ago when they effectively shut down the Shiur by turning over the tables and benches and snatching away booklets and destroying them.
Undeterred, Bochurim once again sat down to learn last week, only this time it escalated to shocking violence. Surveillance video showed some throwing haymakers, choking and kicking students who would not surrender their booklets.
In a letter to the Hanholah signed by 111 Bochurim who are students in Kevutzah, they protested their lack of action and demanded something be done and pointed to the Rebbe’s words to Reb Dovid Raskin OBM in which he called those that raise their hands to “ pack their bags and be sent away, be sent to Bnei Brak…”
They also listed the names of twelve individuals that took part in the violence or flipping tables.מכתב להנהלת ישיבת תומכי תמימים המרכזית - 770