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Deal, NJ - Solomon Dwek’s reputation in the West Long Branch area was built as much by his philanthropy as his real estate deals.

When 7-year-old Ryan Michael Saberon fell ill with cancer, Solomon Dwek became his friend. Dwek visited him weekly for a year, his father, Eugene G. Saberon, said.

In early 1998, Ryan was in a hospital room at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, when he noticed a boy wearing a yarmulke in the bed next to him. He knew that meant the boy was Jewish, and told him he had learned in Christian Sunday school that the Jews were God’s chosen people.

Rabbi Isaac Dwek visited the Jewish boy that day, and his son, Solomon, soon came into the room. The Dweks spoke with Ryan.

Solomon then began visiting Ryan regularly, and the two had long conversations together about God, the Bible and Jewish tradition, Eugene Saberon recalled.

“He would hear Ryan speak about God and heaven,” said Saberon, a Christian. “They talked good together. Solomon shared a lot of things with me about the Jewish religion. He lifted our spirits many times. The man helped me in many ways. He kept my hope up. He’s a remarkable man. Ryan loved him.”

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Solomon Dwek, 33, of Ocean Township, helped pay the hospital bills for the family, said Saberon, who has worked as a handyman and cook. He lived in Long Branch at the time but now lives in Middletown.

In the final hours of Ryan’s life on Oct. 25, 1998, Dwek and another philanthropic businessman, Frank Muzzi, sat in the hospice room and comforted the family.

Muzzi said the two “commiserated together” and sat with the family for two hours that night.

Later, Muzzi and Dwek both paid money to defray the cost of the funeral. The donations were meant to be private, but Saberon’s thank you to both men was published in a weekly newspaper.

Muzzi said he admired Dwek for his efforts to help the family.

“I had a great deal of respect for a person who struck me as a caring individual,” Muzzi said. “It impressed me greatly because it was not something he did in the Jewish community. These were not Jewish people.”

John Donato Jr., a local developer who has worked for and sold land to Dwek in recent years, said Dwek helped him get a new house to live in after he filed for bankruptcy on some of his businesses in the mid-1990s. Dwek gave him a $60,000 mortgage, land records confirm.

“If this kid hadn’t helped me, I wouldn’t be here today,” Donato said. “No one can ever say anything bad about him to me. I think he’s a hell of a guy. He’s not a bad person. I know him as a family man. He’s an honorable person.”

Dwek was known to make other charitable donations, such as to Monmouth Medical Center and the Neptune-based Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation. In 2003, Dwek donated a granite monument in memory of Frank Caltabilota, the West Long Branch student killed in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University on Jan. 19, 2000. The monument is located in Valenzano Park on Wall Street in West Long Branch.

Dr. Gabor Barabas, a neurologist whose avocation is producing plays at the Lumia Theater in Long Branch, said Dwek had given the theater $55,000 over the past seven years to pay for a new facade, renovations to a small side theater, and tickets for children to attend shows.

Barabas said that in appreciation, the theater named the side stage the “Dwek Studio Theatre.”

“I offered that. He did not ask for that. Solomon never asked for anything.”

Among the Sephardic Jewish community, Dwek was revered, according to several members who spoke privately. They reported how he met with Yeshiva students after prayers and donated money to families in need.

David Haber, 23, a student of the Deal Yeshiva, said in May that Dwek frequently wrote personal checks to help cash-strapped students and their families. Many yeshiva students do not work as they attend school. Dwek was vice president of the yeshiva until his arrest on federal bank fraud charges.

“Many mornings, there are people waiting for him at the synagogue after prayers, asking for his help,” Haber said. “He is a very nice guy. He helps everybody. There is only good to say about him.”


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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:21 PM Anonymous Says:

there's an old saying, if its not your money its very easy to give it out. if its ur hard-earned money you watch which charities you give it to.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:18 PM Anonymous Says:

so why would he place the cheif sefardik rabbi in entrapment. to save his own??

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:17 PM Anonymous Says:

question is as follows. The money that he was helping others with , was it kosher moneies or non kosher . If it was kosher then u have an argument, but if it was not kosher then any lowlife thief can also give stolen money and later take credit fior it.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:24 PM koel Says:

Speechless!

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Gotta love the Asbury Park Press.
For two years they pilloried Drek anyway they could and used the most offensive pictures they could take and find on him when portraying him.
My oh my just look what a little informing can do to rehabilitate him in the publishers eyes. All of a sudden after catching a few good fish (kosher fish of course) he's the greatest most wonderful most charitable of all- couldn't hurt a fly.
The Asbury Park Press - the saddest excuse for an anti semitic paper the East coast has ever seen.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:28 PM Anonymous Says:

I knew Solomon as such. In fact after his arrest in ‘06 I released a 6 digit figure (from our Attorney trust account) to Dwek from a deal gone dead to which Solomon had tied up money. I invited Solomon to every Simcha (hey Solomon is your email address still working?) and still in shock as I also know very well some of those that where arrested.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:26 PM Anonymous Says:

A little good press never hoits.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Yeah yeah dosent change a thing he is still a moser

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:32 PM Anonymous Says:

A muser doesn't have any cheilik in Olem Habo, so what's the purpose of all these??

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:35 PM isn't he a Ganov? Says:

roboisay: can someone say something meaningful about this mamzer? the money was stolen money!! did we forget that he deposited a $25 million check that was not worth more than the paper it self, and thereby was charged with bank fraud? I can donate too $60,000, if i do it the way he did it? it was all gaganvata gelt. so what's the big spheel with this article? he created 44 criminals here? i seriously don't understand how any good thing can be said about this guy?

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:34 PM Avrohom Abba Says:

Let's all undersatnd him. He was only trying to do the best.....for himself.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

A muser doesn't have any cheilik in Olem Habo, so what's the purpose of all these??

put yourself in his shoes and lets see if you can withstand the same nisyonos that the feds put him through for the past few years

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:41 PM chusid Says:

my feeling is that dwek is originally a super nice guy but unfortunately when it comes such a tough time you can't judge a person CHAZAL SAYS AL TUDIN ES CHVEIRCHU AD SHTAGIA LIMKOIMI

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Winston Churchill used to say any publicity is always good just make sure you spell my name correct

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:57 PM Think Tank Says:

It's sad how low he sank. The fact that he likes to do good, doesn't change or give any excuse for the terrible thing he did by entraping all those people.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 09:56 PM Anonymous Says:

ditto #13. I still think he was and is a very nice person. I never met him, don't know him at all, but, I can't believe all the bad things being said about him. Who knows what really happened? Maybe he overextended himself and then got caught before he straughtened things out. I don't think he was intentionally a crook, and I think maybe he was set up by the FBI.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:41 PM JB Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

put yourself in his shoes and lets see if you can withstand the same nisyonos that the feds put him through for the past few years

Tell me would you poison the Resevoir under pressure. There is no logical excuse for Mr.Drek especially that he self inflicted himself to life in Prisonment.People don't forget and he has no where to hide---- there are Jews in every part of the World.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:41 PM Give me a break Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

ditto #13. I still think he was and is a very nice person. I never met him, don't know him at all, but, I can't believe all the bad things being said about him. Who knows what really happened? Maybe he overextended himself and then got caught before he straughtened things out. I don't think he was intentionally a crook, and I think maybe he was set up by the FBI.

Then why did he try to get his rabbi entangled in this. It's one thing (no, that too is wrong) to catch people who already going against the law. It's a whole other situation when you get people to commit a crime for the first time in their lives.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:35 PM thinker Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

put yourself in his shoes and lets see if you can withstand the same nisyonos that the feds put him through for the past few years

If the nesoiyin would be on people who are involved in this deal I would understand. But to take innocent people and to ruin there lives is unjustified.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:34 PM tzoorba Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

ditto #13. I still think he was and is a very nice person. I never met him, don't know him at all, but, I can't believe all the bad things being said about him. Who knows what really happened? Maybe he overextended himself and then got caught before he straughtened things out. I don't think he was intentionally a crook, and I think maybe he was set up by the FBI.

According to the Tur it is ossur to say anything good about a Moser. This is especially true in case of this extremely evil person who smeared the entire Jewish people with his elaborate entrapment schemes.

Anyone who speaks well about him is condemning himself to censure according to the Tur.

This vile paradigm of malicious evil will suffer endlessly in the world to come and none of him mitzvos (if he is still doing them) mean anything in this world. Veshem reshaim yirkav

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:31 PM Anonymous Says:

me'igra rama le'bira amikta.....
Each of us is given a purposefully designed test fully orchestrated from above...
We have no idea what each person needs to do as their mission(s) down here on earth....While it [seems] quite clear right now, facts may come out later that change everything...
I'm not defending and I'm not prosecuting...just saying let's stand by and watch the show. There is a reason for everything...
for all we know, this could be the catalyst to get us all out of america and back home as part of the Geula....
let's keep our heads up and our eyes and ears open....the messages are coming a light speed these days

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:29 PM Anonymous Says:

vin should not post anything good about this dog! he hurt so many homes and hearts. wow will this guy burn in hell.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Why would VIN want to print a favorable article about dweck, when even his own family call him a despicable lowlife wiling to sarifice all those around him to save his miserable skin? We your readers are perplexed as to why you would do this?

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 11:28 PM esther the 2nd Says:

There are rumours that the FBI is going to be charged for doing such a wrongdoing. It is one thing to catch one red handed but to nudge and coax, and set this whole thing up, to entrap you by this whole shpiel is not permitted for the FBI.
I could believe that This Dwek could have started out a good man but then one transgression brings another etc.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 11:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Kol Hakovod to VIN for providing an alternative perspetive on Sholmoa Dwek and what a great baal tzadakah he was which makes the developments of the past few weeks an even greater tragedy. This doesn't fully excuse his behavior but provides important mitigating circumstances.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

there's an old saying, if its not your money its very easy to give it out. if its ur hard-earned money you watch which charities you give it to.

not everytime that someone gets a hold of money illegal is it "someone else's money". He wasn't like madoff and he didn't steal from people. money laundering, check kiting, bribery, corruption are all bad but don't say it wasn't his money. the victim of his crime was the government, and he made plenty of millions legally as well.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:48 PM JB Says:

Yes! You are right, this is not the first time but there is a difference when one of our own entraps his own Chief Rabbi by crying that he has no money to feed his family.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Everyone does some good. Well, maybe not everyone, but remember the stories that Hitler yemach sh'mo was kind to animals?

L'havdil, not to compare the two chas v'sholom, I'm sure Dwek did a lot of good over his lifetime. But G-d alone balances the scales & I have a hard time getting over his latest acts.

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 10:14 PM formally Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Yeah yeah dosent change a thing he is still a moser

technically, he is not a moser the FBI already was aware of these rebbies where involved in money laundering, it wa sold news the FBI. He just help them get evidence.

A person could be very good person in one aspect of their life's, and be a bad person and even a monster in another bad of the life.

Studies have shown even in extreme cases this can be true.

For example, many Nazi concentration guards even those who committed acts that even other Nazis said where brutal, where loving parent and generous. kind, and shows no act of aggression outside of the camp..

I think many people are really scared by that concept, you think either the person is good or the person is no good Simple not true, a good person could commit horrible acts, and an evil person could perform great act of kindness.

PS for history, Murder Inc. the mobs contact killers where most Jewish. And one guy forgot his name was Shomer Shobbos, and refused a contract hit if it called for killing on shobos. The other Jewish guy where mad sometimes, since they had to wait till sundown if he was invoked.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:32 AM Anonymous Says:

maybe after he was arrested in 06 he felt like nobobody stood by him?

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:21 AM Ari Says:

According to his own father, he was paying exorbitant interest. His father begged people not to give him money. He owes close to $400 million. He destroyed families way before he became a moser and entrapped innocent. He was forced to entrap. He set out to catch other innocent Rabbonim and try to save his own hide. If he would have snitched on his felloe criminals, that would have been one thing. But to entrap? This is the worst.

As far as his tzadaka what a shame for all those that speak good about him. You can be a tzaddik but that gets washed away when you commit such a crime and aveiro. And believe me he was no tzaddik. His charity was at best a mitzvoh habo beaveiro which is oser lechol hadeios.These acts of charity is despised by Hashem and should be by us too. If someone wants to bring a korbon with stolen money, you cannot be makriv it.

We need to stop glorifying these acts of kindness by such low life people. When Klal Yisroel will learn not to accept these monies and discard such despicable people from its midst, then maybe Moshiach will come.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
formally Says:

technically, he is not a moser the FBI already was aware of these rebbies where involved in money laundering, it wa sold news the FBI. He just help them get evidence.

A person could be very good person in one aspect of their life's, and be a bad person and even a monster in another bad of the life.

Studies have shown even in extreme cases this can be true.

For example, many Nazi concentration guards even those who committed acts that even other Nazis said where brutal, where loving parent and generous. kind, and shows no act of aggression outside of the camp..

I think many people are really scared by that concept, you think either the person is good or the person is no good Simple not true, a good person could commit horrible acts, and an evil person could perform great act of kindness.

PS for history, Murder Inc. the mobs contact killers where most Jewish. And one guy forgot his name was Shomer Shobbos, and refused a contract hit if it called for killing on shobos. The other Jewish guy where mad sometimes, since they had to wait till sundown if he was invoked.

You are wrong. Most people (if not all) that this piece of drek pulled into ollegal activity so to be able to deliver some hunt for the feds "have never before done anything illegal", this moser went around creating criminals, and then had them arrested for a first time offense that he was actually the one to push them into doing whatever they did.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:10 AM shochet Says:

Reply to #21  
tzoorba Says:

According to the Tur it is ossur to say anything good about a Moser. This is especially true in case of this extremely evil person who smeared the entire Jewish people with his elaborate entrapment schemes.

Anyone who speaks well about him is condemning himself to censure according to the Tur.

This vile paradigm of malicious evil will suffer endlessly in the world to come and none of him mitzvos (if he is still doing them) mean anything in this world. Veshem reshaim yirkav

No bais din paskened yet that he is /was a moser . Why jump to conclusions . Pirkei avos was written way before the Tur . In pirkei avos it says you should not be dan someone else untill u are in his shoes . Very simple here, u do NOT know all the facts . U wish u did but u DONT

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Fromthe whole article, the most impressive "tzedakah" he gave was to renovate the "theater"... wow, what a baal tzedakah..

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 Aug 01, 2009 at 11:51 PM Anonymous Says:

nebech! I'm being dan lchaf zchuz. dwek really is a tzadik! he helped so many ppl! how cud he have fallen so low? I guarantee u there's another side to his story with the fbi but we r all unaware of it. noone knows y he did it . he might have been forced into it...or who knows? we don't know yet but we will find out&im sure he has something to tell us ....i feel very bad for him even though I personally know very well some of the ppl arrested. I feel bad for both ends until I know wut really happened....

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 04:13 AM Moshe Kapoier Says:

Easy come, easy go.
It's all the same lack of "achrayus" (responsibility).
Spend money steal money, act like Mr. Big, a symptom of our times when so-called Bnei Torah act like Mafia Godfathers.
And he's not the only one. Look around, you'll find plenty, fast-talking generous guys, till they go down in flames.
See Schick, David, Shereshevsky, Joe, Wein-----, Eli etc.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 06:43 AM berel Says:

#1 and because its an old saying it becomes holy,still comes from a human being and doesnt make ant sense

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 03:56 AM malach Says:

Reply to #30  
formally Says:

technically, he is not a moser the FBI already was aware of these rebbies where involved in money laundering, it wa sold news the FBI. He just help them get evidence.

A person could be very good person in one aspect of their life's, and be a bad person and even a monster in another bad of the life.

Studies have shown even in extreme cases this can be true.

For example, many Nazi concentration guards even those who committed acts that even other Nazis said where brutal, where loving parent and generous. kind, and shows no act of aggression outside of the camp..

I think many people are really scared by that concept, you think either the person is good or the person is no good Simple not true, a good person could commit horrible acts, and an evil person could perform great act of kindness.

PS for history, Murder Inc. the mobs contact killers where most Jewish. And one guy forgot his name was Shomer Shobbos, and refused a contract hit if it called for killing on shobos. The other Jewish guy where mad sometimes, since they had to wait till sundown if he was invoked.

How do you know that "the mobs contact killers where most Jewish"? Do you have a list? Please.

40

 Aug 02, 2009 at 03:55 AM e. grossmann Says:

Reply to #36  
Anonymous Says:

nebech! I'm being dan lchaf zchuz. dwek really is a tzadik! he helped so many ppl! how cud he have fallen so low? I guarantee u there's another side to his story with the fbi but we r all unaware of it. noone knows y he did it . he might have been forced into it...or who knows? we don't know yet but we will find out&im sure he has something to tell us ....i feel very bad for him even though I personally know very well some of the ppl arrested. I feel bad for both ends until I know wut really happened....

But if it was just entrapment and nothing behind it, they all will go free and receive compensation...

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 02:45 AM rabbi yitzchok Says:

Nothing justifies he brutal act.
Our tzadikim let them selfs to be killed before massering on another fellow jewish brother.
According to jewish law we are aloud to kill him as a din mosser.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 02:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Many mornings, there are people waiting for him at the synagogue after prayers, asking for his help," Haber said. "He is a very nice guy. He helps everybody. There is only good to say about him."
SO WAS ROBIN HOOD

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 07:29 AM telz Says:

I still feel without doubt as rabbi zwibel pointed out that if a c l can go to a non jewish court why would not one allow himself to be a moisser

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 07:25 AM DACON9 Says:

Long ago I asked my syrian Deal NJ Rabbi,
'how could Jews ever give up Jews to march to the ovens?''
and he answered...
''we are not in their shoes ro know why and what made them do such things''...

Long ago I asked my ashkanaz Rabbi the head of our shul in Brooklyn..
''why did 6 million Jews die ?''
He answered..
''We should ask, ''why were 6 million other Jews blessed to live''

the moral of the story I leave for you.......

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 07:23 AM tzoorba Says:

Reply to #34  
shochet Says:

No bais din paskened yet that he is /was a moser . Why jump to conclusions . Pirkei avos was written way before the Tur . In pirkei avos it says you should not be dan someone else untill u are in his shoes . Very simple here, u do NOT know all the facts . U wish u did but u DONT

@Shochet .. of the emes,

The halacha of a Moser clearly indicates that a psak beis din is not necessary. It says that kola dlo posik, a rumor that does not go away is enough, and this is also enough to carry out the din on the Moser in the time and place where it is allowed. There is far more information here than a simple rumor that won't stop.

It is inconceivable that anyone could categorize calling the CW monster a Moser as jumping to conclusions. It's all over the news. The entire Jewish world is aware of his deeds and their impact. This is grasping for straws to support the acts of an extreme evildoer.

Pirkey avos never contradicts the clear statements of the Gemoro and the major poskim. In fact the halacha is that one that is muchzak as a rasha should be nidon lecaf chov.

U wish u could turn this piece of trash into a tzaddik but you can't and you are going against the Tur.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:32 AM yoely sakmarar Says:

I don't understand why people are talking about his donations, imagine for a second how small of a story his donations are compared to the crime that he commited?
if Chas Vashulam someone will kill a person close to your heart would you be intrested in some small donations he once made? would it say anything about him?
here you have a guy that broke 44 familys, how are their children going to eat when their father sits chas vashulem in jail?
this guy is a very low low guy and he will have a very hard time if he ever decides to do tshuva

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:12 AM Reality Check Says:

The Yetzer Hora gets each of us in a different way.

Some people are so obviously "good" that the yetzer horah has to trip them up with misconceptions of what "good" is. The Mishna says "K'nei Lecha Chaver". A true friend is one who challenges you with the truth, and does not need your approval. It takes courage to maintain friendships with people who sometimes point out our shortcomings. When you are 100% sure that something is a good idea, because of all the tzedakka and mitzvos it will generate, you need to run it by an objective 3rd party who will not benefit from it.
Nobody who is alive is exempt from being "nogaya b'davar".
If you have no yetzer hora, you should check your pulse!

Addiction to approval has caused many well-intentioned people to make serious errors in judgement.
Good intentions really do count by Hashem.
But they don't override halacha, which incidentally IS Hashem's Own Ratzon!
"Bribing" Hakadosh Baruch Hu is a form of fooling yourself.
Ain Tzaddik Ba'aretz asher lo yechetah.
If you think you are incapable of a sin, the yetzer horah has you exactly where he wants you.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #32  
Ari Says:

According to his own father, he was paying exorbitant interest. His father begged people not to give him money. He owes close to $400 million. He destroyed families way before he became a moser and entrapped innocent. He was forced to entrap. He set out to catch other innocent Rabbonim and try to save his own hide. If he would have snitched on his felloe criminals, that would have been one thing. But to entrap? This is the worst.

As far as his tzadaka what a shame for all those that speak good about him. You can be a tzaddik but that gets washed away when you commit such a crime and aveiro. And believe me he was no tzaddik. His charity was at best a mitzvoh habo beaveiro which is oser lechol hadeios.These acts of charity is despised by Hashem and should be by us too. If someone wants to bring a korbon with stolen money, you cannot be makriv it.

We need to stop glorifying these acts of kindness by such low life people. When Klal Yisroel will learn not to accept these monies and discard such despicable people from its midst, then maybe Moshiach will come.

great wisdom in your writing, Ari. I still can't figure out why VIN would need to waste the readers time with this nonsense. you hit it right on the head: it's a mitzvah habo bavayroh.....thank you for the post

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:10 AM Rubashkin Says:

Reply to #32  
Ari Says:

According to his own father, he was paying exorbitant interest. His father begged people not to give him money. He owes close to $400 million. He destroyed families way before he became a moser and entrapped innocent. He was forced to entrap. He set out to catch other innocent Rabbonim and try to save his own hide. If he would have snitched on his felloe criminals, that would have been one thing. But to entrap? This is the worst.

As far as his tzadaka what a shame for all those that speak good about him. You can be a tzaddik but that gets washed away when you commit such a crime and aveiro. And believe me he was no tzaddik. His charity was at best a mitzvoh habo beaveiro which is oser lechol hadeios.These acts of charity is despised by Hashem and should be by us too. If someone wants to bring a korbon with stolen money, you cannot be makriv it.

We need to stop glorifying these acts of kindness by such low life people. When Klal Yisroel will learn not to accept these monies and discard such despicable people from its midst, then maybe Moshiach will come.

could not agree with you more. i wish i had 20/20 hindsight

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:05 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #32  
Ari Says:

According to his own father, he was paying exorbitant interest. His father begged people not to give him money. He owes close to $400 million. He destroyed families way before he became a moser and entrapped innocent. He was forced to entrap. He set out to catch other innocent Rabbonim and try to save his own hide. If he would have snitched on his felloe criminals, that would have been one thing. But to entrap? This is the worst.

As far as his tzadaka what a shame for all those that speak good about him. You can be a tzaddik but that gets washed away when you commit such a crime and aveiro. And believe me he was no tzaddik. His charity was at best a mitzvoh habo beaveiro which is oser lechol hadeios.These acts of charity is despised by Hashem and should be by us too. If someone wants to bring a korbon with stolen money, you cannot be makriv it.

We need to stop glorifying these acts of kindness by such low life people. When Klal Yisroel will learn not to accept these monies and discard such despicable people from its midst, then maybe Moshiach will come.

i couldn't agree with you more: you write very nice and thoughtful. the problem is that some on this blog have this urge to be maylitz yosher on this masur.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:04 AM Anonymous Says:

the gemara says that you cannot trust yourself till the day you die- maybe once upon a time he was good

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 08:26 AM Mordy Neuman Says:

Rav Dessler devoted many writings on the concept of giving and taking. He point out that a person is either a giver by nature or a taker by nature and how this leads to many areas in a person's behaviours. Now here comes the kicker: some people are givers in order to be takers. Wow. A person who can become a rat against his brethern and offer the FBI to "create" criminals, is by definition not a goodhearted "giver" he is a taker of the lowest order who only gives in order to get-whether its earning respect, making a name for himself, or simply to feel better and less guilty for stealing. The Gambinos did the same so that the local priest would come tell the judge how sweet he is as he was being tried for murder.
As a side note....at a time when there is so many Jews suferring what on earth is he doing donating $55,000 for a theatre??? That proves that like any good "made" man, he was simply looking to have people from all circles say how nice a man he was. As is evidenced today.
Chazor becha! You can still choose not to take the whitness stand!

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 09:21 AM to # 30 Says:

Reply to #30  
formally Says:

technically, he is not a moser the FBI already was aware of these rebbies where involved in money laundering, it wa sold news the FBI. He just help them get evidence.

A person could be very good person in one aspect of their life's, and be a bad person and even a monster in another bad of the life.

Studies have shown even in extreme cases this can be true.

For example, many Nazi concentration guards even those who committed acts that even other Nazis said where brutal, where loving parent and generous. kind, and shows no act of aggression outside of the camp..

I think many people are really scared by that concept, you think either the person is good or the person is no good Simple not true, a good person could commit horrible acts, and an evil person could perform great act of kindness.

PS for history, Murder Inc. the mobs contact killers where most Jewish. And one guy forgot his name was Shomer Shobbos, and refused a contract hit if it called for killing on shobos. The other Jewish guy where mad sometimes, since they had to wait till sundown if he was invoked.

there is no shortage of nazi sympathizers in the nonjewish world we don't need any from us I guess you might be a little understanding of the nazi perspective

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 09:21 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
chusid Says:

my feeling is that dwek is originally a super nice guy but unfortunately when it comes such a tough time you can't judge a person CHAZAL SAYS AL TUDIN ES CHVEIRCHU AD SHTAGIA LIMKOIMI

in chazal we actually see that a moser is mechuyov misoh so how could u say that such a person is a nice guy?, if he would have been a nice guy then should he put into trouble all goyim, but how could he do such a thing to his jewish brothers and aspecially those who did him favours etc.?

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 09:18 AM the dumbest thing I have ever read Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

not everytime that someone gets a hold of money illegal is it "someone else's money". He wasn't like madoff and he didn't steal from people. money laundering, check kiting, bribery, corruption are all bad but don't say it wasn't his money. the victim of his crime was the government, and he made plenty of millions legally as well.

And that says alot for VIN commentary; the government has no money, they have our money which we ae compelled to pay through taxes. Unlike in a monarchy or a dictatorship where the money we pay to the government is to enrich the elected officials in our system the money is mean't to pay for services and if it isn't paying for services it should be paying down our collective debt (national debt is misleading). which means when there is a shortfall because someone evaded taxes or laundered money they have stolen from us... YOU and ME not some elusive entity in an ivory tower called "The Government." you should be enraged every time you hear about yankel yiddele who is getting paid under the table and is also collecting welfare, section 8, medicaid. you should be enraged when you hear about a respected chassidishe rebbe getting arrested for selling his tax evasion services for the lowest rate of return and worse that he apparently has competition. All in the name of community services. Dwek was just yet another example of people forgetting that while we seperate ourselves culturally from yenem that does not give us the right to live a higher than though attitude where taxes, zoning codes, and traffic laws dont apply to us...THEY DO!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 09:51 AM Sad Sad Sad Says:

Sad for all the chesed he used to do - will it stand by him after all the tragedies he caused?

Sad for all the commenters debasing other jews - have you nothing better to do than to decry the terrible crimes of your brethren - zoning? - worrying about a wife trying to make a few extra pennies and selling balloons from her house - worrying about somebody finishing a basement illegally? - are these the crimes of today's world where drugs and gangs have made our streets and schools unsafe from murder?

Sad for the FBI that used to fight the crimes that caused murders, bombs, terror - now reduced to dealing with a psychopathic egomaniac to incriminate 87 year old rabbis, and strong community supporters, by preying on their sensitivities to help him in his time of need.

Sad for the families that are now torn asunder with such complicated questions that are unsolveable without major pain and suffering

Sad - We have been dealt a terrible blow - a churban in our times - We have the remedies - Hashem wants our Teshuva - he wants us to learn his Torah - do his Mitzvot - be kind and charitable - keep Shabbos - keep Kosher - try to elevate yourself each day -

Sad if we do not listen to the message for if we turn a deaf ear, Hashem will have to speak louder G-d Forbid.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 11:08 AM Anonymous Says:

# 32 please stop praising your own comment so many times

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 12:38 PM MDshweks Says:

Reply to #25  
esther the 2nd Says:

There are rumours that the FBI is going to be charged for doing such a wrongdoing. It is one thing to catch one red handed but to nudge and coax, and set this whole thing up, to entrap you by this whole shpiel is not permitted for the FBI.
I could believe that This Dwek could have started out a good man but then one transgression brings another etc.

You obviously did not read the FBI complaints, these weren't one time 'favors', these people laundered hundreds of thousents each month by their own addmition.

Dwek was always a nice guy who loved beating the system - always with some shtick off the cuff.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:03 PM MDshweks Says:

Yeah, where was APP to write this 2 years ago when he was part of the Jewish community?....

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:01 PM MDshweks Says:

Reply to #33  
Anonymous Says:

You are wrong. Most people (if not all) that this piece of drek pulled into ollegal activity so to be able to deliver some hunt for the feds "have never before done anything illegal", this moser went around creating criminals, and then had them arrested for a first time offense that he was actually the one to push them into doing whatever they did.

I that true, that most of his victems never did anything illeagal before? from what I read in the very FBI complaints, every single one arrested was by his own addmition doing this for a long time and on a big scale.

After reading the reports I thought it was very good of the FBI that they only went after real criminals and not casual ones...

Is there any one out there with other FACTS??? here is what I read

http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/nj/press/2009releases.html

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 01:55 PM NW YID Says:

Every Jew has tremendous merit and potential. May he make teshuva Shelema for any wrong doing, and soon return to the path of Kedusha...

Remember, we all have our weak moments. The beuaty of being Jewish, is that we admit our flaws, we apologize, and we are forgiven. If El Kadosh Baruch Hu can forgive his children for the worst of sins, then we should forgive one another as well.. May G-d Bless this fellow Yid and help him to get back on the path of Torah and Mitzvot. May his experience strengthen his resolve to care for his fellow Jew. Kol Yisrael Arevim Zelazeh!

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 03:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #59  
MDshweks Says:

Yeah, where was APP to write this 2 years ago when he was part of the Jewish community?....

This article was written three years ago when the first scandal broke.

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 Aug 02, 2009 at 08:43 PM formally Says:

Reply to #39  
malach Says:

How do you know that "the mobs contact killers where most Jewish"? Do you have a list? Please.

I was talking about in the 1890-1940 it was a time of Jewish gangsters/mob luckily it only lasted 50 years and hope it never happens again.
If you want I can also give you a list of Jewish mobsters
here is a list of murder inc, a full list Jews and none Jews

Most of the killers were Jewish and Italian gangsters from the gangs of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, East New York and Ocean Hill. In addition to crime in New York City and acting as enforcers for New York mobster Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, they accepted murder contracts from mob bosses all around the United States.

The killers were paid a regular salary as retainer, plus an average fee of $1,000 to $5,000 per killing. Their families also received monetary benefits. If the killers were caught, the mob would hire the best lawyers for their defense.[citation needed]

[edit] Founding

Murder, Inc., was established after the formation of the commission of the National Crime Syndicate, to which it ultimately answered. Largely headed by former mob enforcers Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel and Meyer Lansky, it also had members from Buchalter's labor-slugging gang (in partnership with Tommy "Three-Fingered Brown" Lucchese) as well as from another group of enforcers from Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, of the late 1920s led by Martin "Bugsy" Goldstein and Abe "Kid Twist" Reles. Buchalter, in particular, and Joe Adonis occasionally, gave the outfit its orders from the board of directors of the syndicate. Albert "The Mad Hatter" Anastasia was the troupe's operating head, or "Lord High Executioner", assisted by Lepke's longtime associate Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro.


In the 1930s, Buchalter used Murder, Inc. to murder witnesses and suspected informants when he was investigated by crusading prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey. In one case, on May 11, 1937, four killers hacked loan shark George Rudnick to pieces, on the mere suspicion that he was an informant (see below). On October 1, 1937, they shot and seriously wounded Buchalter's ex-associate Max Rubin. Rubin had disobeyed Buchalter's orders to leave town and "disappear" in order to avoid being summoned as a witness against Buchalter.

here are the names I leave it up to you to decide.

Known members

* Meyer Lansky- Founder of Murder, Inc.
* Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel -- former leader of murder inc who helped form it alongside other mobsters[118]
* Vincent Mangano- Boss until the Commission took it over
* Louis "Lepke" Buchalter-The boss and labor racketeer
* Albert Anastasia-Operating head
* Abe "Kid Twist" Reles -- potential witness who was murdered before he could give evidence against other members of Murder Inc
* Martin "Bugsy" Goldstein
* Harry "Pittsburgh Phil" Strauss
* Louis Capone - a member of murder Inc who worked under Albert Anastasia and Louis Buchaltar. He was executed alongside with his partner and boss Louis Buchalter in Sing Sing penitentiary[119]
* Allie "Tick Tock" Tannenbaum
* Frank Abbandando
* Seymour Magoon
* Harry Maione — Leader of Italian faction (Formerly led the Ocean Hill Hooligans before it was assimilated into Murder. Inc)
* Mendy Weiss
* Charles Workman
* Irving Nitzberg - Sentenced to death twice, convictions overturned twice.
* Vito "Socko" Gurino
* Jack Drucker
* Sholem Bernstein - Driver in Joe Rosen murder, testified against Buchalter in murder trial.
* Philip Cohen - Indicted in Joe Rosen murder, indictment dropped. Murdered in 1949.
* Irving Cohen
* Louis Shomberg
* John "Dandy Jack" Parisi
* Anthony "The Duke" Maffetore
* Abraham "Pretty" Levine




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 Aug 02, 2009 at 08:32 PM formally Says:

Reply to #53  
to # 30 Says:

there is no shortage of nazi sympathizers in the nonjewish world we don't need any from us I guess you might be a little understanding of the nazi perspective

this has nothing to do with being a nazi sympathizer(this is a common mistake people make making the "human nazis" not human but monsters) just the opposite is shows that one who look normal and acts normal someone who knows right from wrong can become a nazi, and do horrible crimes. Most nazis where ordinary people, with no criminal past. I can quote studies if needed with stats to proof this By saying they were regular people on other aspects of their lives makes them even more guilty and more horrible, since they really had no excuse and knew very well right from wrong. It also, makes live scary since one does not know who might become a nazi or the like.

By just saying they are monsters, you are saying that maybe they where not responsible for their action like someone who is insane. By monsters you are saying they did not have a choice. By saying monsters, you are saying they are easy to detect. By saying monster you are saying it only can happem again if new monsters are born

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 03:31 AM no moser Says:

Nearly every comment above,reveals that although they might be living in the usa physicaly,mentally they are still in eastern Europe 3oo years ago.Most halachic authorities say that moser only applies when the jew will not receive a fair trial,or would get a harsher punishment than a goy,this is not the case in 21 st century usa,stop being so clannish every body,we jews are not above the law,and if ew break it we must be tried just like everyone else.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 11:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

put yourself in his shoes and lets see if you can withstand the same nisyonos that the feds put him through for the past few years

he wouldn't have had any contact or problems with the FEDS if he wasnt a large scale CROOK. You act as if the FEDS fished him out, too......he is guilty of numerous crimes, and he asked for a lighter sentance, becuase lets face it....picture him in prison. Lets face is.......this group isnt the most rugged, tough, self sufficiant jail type, is it??

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 11:33 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #28  
JB Says:

Yes! You are right, this is not the first time but there is a difference when one of our own entraps his own Chief Rabbi by crying that he has no money to feed his family.

First of all, people keep saying he was "begging to feed his family". There are YEARS worth of audio AND video survaliance with the Rabbis using code words for money, and keeping money for themselves. If someone was crying for food, why not feed them? Why not take money out of your won pocket and feed them, or have a fundraiser? NOBODY was entrapped. Dweck already had this business going with them when he was busted, so it was easy info to give up. Stop crying foul! Accept it and move on. You really think the feds were on a Jew hunt? Get over it.

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