The Brooklyn DA race has taken another step down from reasoned debate into carnival antics. The Daily News ran the amusing headline: “Brooklyn, NY, district attorney’s backers cry ‘fowl’ over campaign ad.”
The story continues,
New York City Councilman David Greenfield said an online ad depicting longtime DA Charles Hynes as a chicken to be slaughtered before Yom Kippur implies Hynes’ challenger, Ken Thompson, wants to see Hynes killed in a ritual tradition, but a Thompson spokesman said the ad wasn’t ‘sanctioned.’
The problem is that the source of the ritual slaughter allegation is no more credible than the Protocols. He is a serial liar. For the longest time, Yeshiva World News was running articles by a Dov Gordon extolling Greenfield’s stunning accomplishments on every front. At one point Dov Gordon complained that Greenfield was too busy to give Dov an interview. It turns out that Dov Gordon didn’t exist. He was a phantom created by Greenfield. It is funny to think of the very narcissistic Greenfield not having time to talk to himself.
I grant you, Greenfield knows a few things about dirty tricks, shilling and duplicity. But he is not to be trusted about what he heard or where something originated. In Greenfield’s hands, a picture is not worth a thousand words; it is a thousand PhotoShopped pixels mis-annotated with scurrilous accusations. The gag in question, had neither the professional production values, nor the language you would expect, if it was produced by the Thompson campaign. In fact, the caption reveals that this is obviously a gag. It riffs off the annual debate about whether the pre-Yom Kippur practice of ritually slaughtering chickens for atonement violates the Jewish law prohibition of tzaar baal hachayim (needlessly causing animals to suffer). The obvious tip-off is the sponsorship by the league for tzaar baal hachayim. My best guess, is that the jokester who produced this was saying, “Pity poor Joe Hynes who is on his way to being slaughtered in the election.” Of course, this may have been PhotoChopped in Dov Gordon’s black ops abattoir.
Meanwhile, a really ugly campaign poster was generated by the Hynes campaign. It implies that Hynes will fix cases on behalf of arrested orthodox Jews. The rabbi in the picture is the Munkatcher Rebbe. Even by the standards of Hasidic rabbis he is exceptional in his single-minded devotion to the cause of no Jew left behind in jail, however vile his conduct. He knew that Baruch (Mordechai) Lebovits sodomized hundreds of boys in Boro Park. He would not let this very talented cantor read the torah in his synagogue because as he explained to a congregant, a Torah reader needs to be a pious (erlich) Jew. But when Lebovits was arrested he back-benched his defense and collaborated in the plot to defend Lebovits by getting Samuel Kellner arrested on the fabricated charge of extortion. The Munkatcher Rebbe even offended the usual anti-snitching brigade in going after a Jew, with false charges, just to defend a molester.
In Hasidic circles, the Munkatcher Rebbe is the go-to guy for fashioning a defense against criminal charges including the choice of attorneys. He knew the ropes well enough to refer Lebovits to Arthur Aidala, a very close friend of Joe Hynes. While the poster proferred by Greenfield was chicken feed, this poster with Hynes clearly insinuates some real unkosher horse trading of votes for the acquittal of dangerous criminals.
If I were Charles Hynes, and I cared about my reputation for integrity, I would disavow the poster and reject the support of the Munkatcher Rebbe. But then of course, if pigs had wings, they could fly.