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2 Yeshiva students were captured on surveillance cameras vandalizing a wall mural of the Rebbe's image in Crown Heights, Thursday. Full Story, Video

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To #111
August 8, 2017 11:38 pm

The Rebbe ALSO said (11 Nissan 5745) that the picture of the Rambam is probably not him – but should still be publisised since it REPRESENTS the Rambam.

to #1
August 8, 2017 8:02 pm

you are so ignorant and oblivious!! stop blaming everything on “meshichists”. you know nothing and speak non-sense

too true... thank you #104
August 3, 2017 11:35 am

Let kids be kids. This is their way of connecting.. I think it’s wrong to do, but after the fact I don’t think gevurah is best…”

one word
August 3, 2017 12:00 am

IGNORANCE. Extremism is rooted in ignorance. and this is MY DEFINITION OF OFF THE DERECH, Off the derech of Ahavat Israel and Menschlekeit and Derech Eretz. SAD.

#29 (disrespectful)
August 2, 2017 11:58 pm

The Rebbe did speak about it.

The Rebbe said that they should make a post stamp out of the picture of the Rambam. Even though it will go in the trash. Just to publicize the Rambams message of the 7 Noahide laws.

This was spoken about at length by the Rebbe at the first siyum harambam. (11 nissan 1984 or5)

August 2, 2017 1:00 am

But I’m proud of these bochurim

To number 19 and all the other stupid comments
July 31, 2017 10:23 pm

Just bec u think that having a rebbe picture on a wall isnt right doesnt mean you should destroy it!
#1 its prob more disrespectful to cover over a rebbe picture
#2 thats just plain immature!
you can have an opinion but dont take that type of action!
what a chillel lubavitch

July 31, 2017 4:30 pm

the rebbe said time and again bochrim to stay out of politics and keep the seder of the yeshivah

It's been bothering me
July 31, 2017 11:07 am

Why is it that on the back of every sign that tells you that u can walk/ not walk across the street in ch there are stickers of our holy Rebbe which get spoiled by the rain and sun? On every pole in ch the same thing?! And on garbage cans… Right near 770 by Kingston and Union there is a storage unit which has a huge banner of the Rebbe saying “yes we can” for months!!! This is totally out of place!!! This stuff exists everywhere in Israel with posters and pictures of the Rebbe stuck up illegally everywhere… Read more »

This remiinds me ...
July 31, 2017 12:55 am

of the story where people were complaining that chassidus should not be given to the masses because they do not know how to treat it and sheets of chassidus were found on the floor, in the mud and it needs to be protected…. they had such a good point that the Maggid himself had a hard time defending his own actions until he heard about a young bochur who argued the point that just as a king would give his own precious gems to be ground up into a medicine to save his life, so too we need to spread… Read more »

July 30, 2017 11:47 pm


July 30, 2017 11:08 pm

Let kids be kids. This is their way of connecting.. I think it’s wrong to do, but after the fact I don’t think gevurah is best…

let the artist make sholom
July 30, 2017 7:50 pm

please stop painting the Rebbe by walls were they place garbage, etc, paint a tree, flowers, kids, hearths, etc. Call me I can give you plenty of ideas. These 2 bochrim will love your “new” art

Mendy Hecht
July 30, 2017 6:14 pm

I can very much respect the sentiments of those who feel that reducing the Rebbe to some kind of Che Guevara street icon (what’s next? Rebbe t-shirts?) is simply very disrespectful. But I also feel that painting over an existing Rebbe picture is almost equally disrespectful. So what do you do? Simple. Just mount a big sign over it.

To #100
July 30, 2017 5:34 pm

When one does a action lesheim shamayem he need not be known

If the intentions of the bochurim were truly pure,
July 30, 2017 5:01 pm

why don’t they step forward and proudly lay claim to their actions? We know the name of the artist who actually meant well with his enormous efforts. One has to question the motives of these bochurim after all.

Try to get it off with a hose
July 30, 2017 4:35 pm

I’m sure they used garbage paint

If you feel the kavod of the Rebbe had been breached the 1st
July 30, 2017 4:27 pm

time then surely it’s breached twice now. The matter should be brought to a Beis Din and compensation should be given to the owners of the defaced property to have their walls repainted plain. Otherwise you have the stain of these mistakes to face through Elul & Tishrei constantly, that is if we don’t merit the Geulah before that. I also feel the artist has been caused a loss. It should have been brought to a Din Torah before this happened. I wonder though if even that would have been obeyed??

July 30, 2017 4:10 pm


double standards
July 30, 2017 12:16 pm

How is a picture on a wall different than on a flyer? On a sign on a street? On the side of a van? On the side of a rental van? On the side and back of a motor home?

How is a hand painted picture on a canvas different than one on brick?

How is putting tefillin on someone on the street different than picturing the person who told you to do that?

How is vigilante justice different than vigilante justice?

Ahi un aher
July 30, 2017 11:42 am

Baruch hashem its down.

Just wandering
July 30, 2017 10:40 am

Everyone is saying it’s not nice to the artist well did the artist ask permission from smash and shluhim to do such a thing or aguch it’s very disrepectful

July 30, 2017 10:04 am

This Jewish generation is going down, seems that you have not know how to criticize, how to judge, and how to give your own opinion. This is the behavior of a goy, we have enough people already that hate us…now you the Jew himself is gonna hate his fellow Jew to? Such a shame guys, i think none of you is a Jew

July 30, 2017 8:25 am

i also thought of that. i agree it is not the best place but cover it with black paint….

July 30, 2017 7:46 am

You r doing chilul Hashem to your fellow Jews!!! Please wake up! Is just a graffiti on the wall why are you complaining about it?? So you really think that The Rebbe will be upset because of this? Or because you don’t have Ahavas Ysroel? How can you talk and judge like this to your brothers!! If you really takes care of the Rebbe do what you must to do, the 2 second Beis Hamikdosh was destroyed a cause of Sinas Chinam, let’s change it and have only Ahavas Ysroel and then Moshiach is gonna come. Have a wonderful day… Read more »

Two wrongs don't make a right.
July 30, 2017 6:40 am

As much as I disagree with the art, it is even more disrespectful to vandalize this painting! Bochurim like these should be ashamed of themselves and not think that they are holier than Thou…

To 81
July 30, 2017 5:59 am

That’s funny I thought #1 was right on.

That group caused nothing but chilly Hashem and chilly lubavitch.

Enough said. Ah kop ken men nisht

# 8 said it beautifully!
July 30, 2017 4:47 am

just loved what you wrote

With all respect to the artist....
July 30, 2017 3:24 am

There are much more respectful ways to publisize the same message – even in a hip style. And to farmers that are commenting about “police” “law” etc. the main thing isn’t to care (and comment) if what he did is wrong or right, but rather, EVERY single LUBAVITCHER Chossid should CARE about our Rebbe’ s Kavod. Regardles if the act is wrong or right, the Kavod of the Rebbe comes before law! Where has the Lubavitcher Chutzpa for the Rebbe’s Kavod gone? We didn’t hesitate to go against the government in Russia and neither should we in America. And the… Read more »

Agree 82
July 30, 2017 1:41 am

My first thought was how gross a picture of the rebbe o n top of a pile of garbage. ..utterly degrading

for #66
July 30, 2017 1:07 am

first he was brought up by his parents, 2nd he was in oholei torah, 3rd connected to the lubavitcher rebbe that we all know about, he wears a beard bc of shulchan aruch, the reason why it was done cowardly coz it was done in the middle of the night.

both wrong
July 30, 2017 1:04 am

what the buchrim did was wrong but i dont think it belonged there in the first place

This is why you have to ask a shaylah!
July 30, 2017 12:15 am

Wrong to graffiti a picture of the Rebbe like that.
I cringed every time I walked by one of those pictures.
But so painful to see it painted over like that.
So sad that our community has fallen so low over the past few years. Now the only way to go is UP.

Rebbes and a piles of garbage ....
July 29, 2017 11:29 pm

i do not agree with it ,but also to see Rebbe’s portrait and nyc garbage around make me sick …. need better place for this art

to #1
July 29, 2017 11:28 pm

Wow such ignorance…

July 29, 2017 11:13 pm

Stupid to post the video, stupid of bored souls to post dumb comments and accusations, stupid of people to ‘defend the Rebbe’ by saying that his chossid should be thrown in jail for doing something stupid…

We’re in the 9 days, can’t we at least TRY to have some Ahavas Yisroel?

We Want Moshiach Now!! Ad Mosai?!?!

Alter Rebbe
July 29, 2017 10:39 pm

The Alter Rebbe did not want his Chassidim to p provoke the misnagdim. It is not the Chabad way to provoke those you oppose. I am not saying that the artist is a misnagid or was wrong with what he did, but if people oppose his. art, then defacing them is not the chasidic response.

To # 55
July 29, 2017 10:27 pm

It’s very unfortunate to see the bochur in the pictures & in the video.
For those of us who know what Mendel B.looks like, it’s him.

a torn pic
July 29, 2017 9:57 pm

just like a torn pic of the rebbe u would paint over so too this pic the pic is a desgrace as a father of 8 and three of them on drugs because of the non chassidush influence ch has gave them i find these boys truly shluchim

Moitzi Shaim Ra
July 29, 2017 9:41 pm

That is not the Rov’s son!

Speaking of
July 29, 2017 9:31 pm

Speaking of what’s loved for the rebbe:

You think putikng the rebbe on your bumper of your car is livid to the rebbe??

How stupid can we get. Just look at what the rebbes picture looks like after it’s on the car for. Week.

A disgrace. Would you put your grandfathers picutre on a bump Ber sticker?

Just... Wow...
July 29, 2017 2:13 pm

I’m flabbergasted that someone who thinks himself a chossid would spray paint black paint over the Rebbe’s face.

About time
July 29, 2017 8:05 am

This was long overdue! Thank you very much to the Bochrim who stood up for what’s right.

July 28, 2017 6:45 pm

this is what is called a hate crime.
the intentional act to destroy a rabbis picture.

Unfortunately this was not like the act of Pinchas, the Zealot,
July 28, 2017 6:33 pm

who consulted with his Rav first, and then did the act in broad daylight in front of everyone. These bochurim acted under cover at night with one of duo’s face’s well covered up in shame.

Will all do respect
July 28, 2017 6:12 pm

No one is entitled to make a decision that it’s wrong to paint the rebbes picture you don’t Like don’t do it on you’re property but to go and ruined such an investment I hope they all get arrested and shipped out from this beautiful country

People, space in.
July 28, 2017 6:08 pm

9 days…

Just curious...
July 28, 2017 5:46 pm

How did you guys feel about the Rebbe’s face on a billboard? We had one here in L.A. for some time, the well-known photo of the rebbe holding one hand up.

July 28, 2017 5:33 pm

just reading all the comments…. i was shocked when i read how people want to report to the police, there are yidden!!
and shockes by the person who publicized the name of the bachur. and who said the mishichistim did it, who said the antis?
why comment on something you dont know????

July 28, 2017 5:17 pm


Number 51
July 28, 2017 5:13 pm

Well said!!!!

This should be brought to a Beis Din.
July 28, 2017 5:03 pm

The artist might be entitled to reimbursement for his time, efforts, and expenses. And the stores for reimbursement for having their property repainted after this defacement. There are 3 separate locations.

to all those that were against this "vandalisim"
July 28, 2017 4:58 pm

im sorry but evan though the artist had good intentions,the rebbes respect is more important.good intentions doasnt turn a discraseful act into a kosker one.

Just a thought
July 28, 2017 4:18 pm

There are those who place stickers of the Rebbe with messages on them on the backs of street lights etc. Which are later ripped off sometimes tearing through the Rebbe’s holy face r”l.
Where do you lay the fault in that situation? The Bochur who put the Rebbe’s holy face where it didn’t belong, or the vandal who ripped it off?
Think of why you answer the way you do.

Picture didn't belong there
July 28, 2017 4:05 pm

The Rebbe Picture does not belong outside a pizza shop on the street where dogs walk by and pee on. I am sure the artist had good intentions but nevertheless it is not respectful and it’s not the proper koved .

Police police and police again
July 28, 2017 4:02 pm

They should be dealt with
I would put my lawyer on this case in finished them
Ship him back to where he belongs Australia

July 28, 2017 3:40 pm

I’m not perfect but I know how careful I am to show respect to the Rebbe’s pictures in the zillions of magazines, advertisements, announcements etc that come to my home in Crown Heights. No matter how a person might feel about a picture of our beloved Rebbe on an outside wall, I truly cannot imagine a Chabad Chassid picking up paint & covering over the Rebbe’s holy face. That is a true desecration !! I don’t care who their fathers are – these boys are not wired properly . Get them help.

July 28, 2017 3:24 pm

#51 I love you!….

July 28, 2017 3:22 pm

Is the name of the bochur being published? What purpose does it serve?

If the restaurant owner wants to file a complaint, let him do that.

Why embarrass a Jew for no purpose?

July 28, 2017 3:06 pm

While this posed a very controversial act and was felt uncomfortable / inappropriate on the part of many, the painting was already done. Now to go against the potential Shlichus of the art, and not just to go over the hard work of the painter, but to completely brush out the painting of the Rebbe is an even worse act of all! How could it be in one’s heart to do such a thing? It’s like discarding a picture of the Rebbe, Chas V’shalom. That makes me feel even more uncomfortable. The original act was done and it could have… Read more »

Rov's Son?!!
July 28, 2017 3:02 pm

From where do you see it is the Rov’s son?!
The mural had Melech Hamoshiach on it!!
What is the connection to Mashichists?!
It’s probably Antis who didn’t like “Melech Hamoshiach” there!!

July 28, 2017 2:51 pm

Halacha vein Morin Kain. an act like his must be done with Hergesh without asking a Rav

# 8 said it beautifully,
July 28, 2017 2:33 pm

I try to be a good and sincere baal teshuva, but made some mistakes before I got to that point. Some of which I’m still doing teshuva for, and that’s since been a long time ago. Life presents tough decisions, but it’s always better not to act impulsively.

July 28, 2017 2:05 pm

Judge urself by ur actions and others by their intentions (we tend to do the opposite). The artist has pure intentions and wanted to use his art to attract people to the Rebbe and to Torah and Mitzvos. The bochurim has good intentions too. They just learned all about Pinchas a few weeks ago who was a zealot and did what needed to be done when no one else was taking a stand. He did a violent act! They probably were after a farbrengen and decided to be the “Pinchos of the generation” in order to preserve the Rebbes kovod.… Read more »

The pictures were a disgrace!
July 28, 2017 1:57 pm

Every day that the pictures were there was disrespecting the Rebbe!!!!

July 28, 2017 1:54 pm

#42 you are exactly on the mark!

July 28, 2017 1:51 pm

I was always taught in chabad that we can judge if something is good , is by its results . if one Yid saw the Rebbes picture in a public place and had a thought of teshuva then its kdai .
The Rebbe knew his picture would end up who knows where and yet he allowed it to be taken if it will help another Yid .
Good shabbos
Moshiach now !

Our Rebbe
July 28, 2017 1:37 pm

How can someone even for a second think that what happened is ok.
It is the most disrepectfull thing I have ever seen in my life.
The Rebbe? How dare you.
All these bochurim these days thinking they are so chasidish by doing all these disgusting things like burning flags and disrespecting the rebbe.
The unfortunately think it’s the right thing to do.
They need help.
Mishiach NOW.

It's not normal
July 28, 2017 1:26 pm

U should see when they pile up trash against that wall waiting fir pick up… then we will see what a big “Shlichus” this is !!!

Are you Jewish?? Speechless!!
July 28, 2017 1:25 pm

Where were you brought up, didn’t you here the stories as a child of pidyon shvuyim don’t you know that it’s one of the greatest mitzvos what do you mean report him??!! He didn’t hurt or kill anyone even if he did we have are pin courts for that reason I’m just totally shocked and taken aback by the comments just where have we fallen??

Two wrongs don't make a right
July 28, 2017 1:23 pm

Rebbe picture not appropriate but what are you going to do? These guys are acting like thugs. Shame.

Concerned citizen
July 28, 2017 1:21 pm

Why noone came to discuss it with the owner I’m sure he would be reasonable but just to destroy property is not right

To #9 Remember Kamtza and Barkamtza
July 28, 2017 1:09 pm

For them the Mikdosh was destroyed…

cant understand
July 28, 2017 12:58 pm

Harav Mendel Cohen finishes Shass and gets 12 comments vandals commit a crime (in the night) and the world comments 40 times…yes nine days …….

Different rules for street art
July 28, 2017 12:58 pm

Street art has its own rules, part of the power of street art is how long it stays up before someone takes it down, ultimately the more powerful message prevails, if it’s appropriate more images will arrive, if it isn’t it will be taken down

Why couldn't you exercise self- control?
July 28, 2017 12:52 pm

Why didn’t you take the artist to Beis Din of your choice? Just Why???

אל תען כסיל
July 28, 2017 12:52 pm

Although I do not fill comfortable with having the Rebbe’s image used in this way… ( and who is the authority to say that the rebbe would or would not agree to be “used” in such a way to promote his inyanim (see the parable of the Alter Rebe about a holy page rolling in the mud)!)
to deface it is probably an even greater … disrespect!
please lets all make an effort to do the right thing without damaging and using our zealous impulses to destroy anything… להרבות אור! ממילא דוחה חושך

it's not right..
July 28, 2017 12:48 pm

You an’t use such a holy Tzaddik for such a low cause, to be painted on a wall by graffiti which is usually a very low thing…maybe write his quotes but not draw a bicture of him himself.
Yet you can’t just go and physically ruin it the painting. There shouldve been a meeting or something

Very discouraging,
July 28, 2017 12:42 pm

Now what you have looks far worse then any previously perceived. An public display of disunity & intolerance for all the world to see. Somewhat reminiscent of the Biryonim who took matters into their own hands about the same time of year. The leader also had big yichus. Not good simanim I’m afraid.

Terrible chinuch
July 28, 2017 12:42 pm

Although I thought the art was distasteful and perhaps a bit disrespectful to our Rebbe this is not the answer.
We really need moshiach and quickly!!

July 28, 2017 12:27 pm

I don’t think painting a picture of the rebbe on a wall is the most respectful thing but painting over it is way worse!!!

Hashem yishmor!
July 28, 2017 12:22 pm

Even non Jews in CH wouldn’t do this.

July 28, 2017 12:02 pm

why vandalize the pic of the rebbe

What shlichus ?!
July 28, 2017 11:49 am

The Rebbe never wanted anything like this and it’s very clear in the Rebbe’s answers

July 28, 2017 11:32 am

As this is private property, they should be arrested for a vigilante.

face it
July 28, 2017 11:28 am

its time to face it. we may not want the rebbes face plastered on the walls.

July 28, 2017 11:28 am

not condoning vandalism…..
isnt it disrespectful to grafiti a picture of a tzadik to a street wall?
did the rebbe ever speak about that?
has any tzadik ever allowed their picture to be painted on a street wall?

Ahh summer in the schtetle
July 28, 2017 11:26 am
July 28, 2017 11:23 am

1) they aren’t masked
2) easy to find them
3) dumb guys.
Good Shabbos.

July 28, 2017 11:11 am

I managed to take a photo of this beautiful art before it was vandalized.
Those bochurim have no right to do that.
Today the world over knows the face of our Rebbe so this street art shouldn’t make a difference but be proud that we are HIS chassidim.. love not hate

The Rebbe was not Fidel Castro.
July 28, 2017 11:08 am

Totally inappropriate to use the rebbes image in this manner. Particularly by an amature artist plagiarizing the work of real street artists.

July 28, 2017 10:59 am

I genuinely do not understand this. Can someone please explain. What is the reason for wanting to erase a picture of the Rebbe?

Maybe the murals are good.
July 28, 2017 10:54 am

Maybe not. But they don’t belong in Crown Heights.

The "rov" son
July 28, 2017 10:52 am

When you have a rov like this kids father so u end up having these things in ch happening !!!

July 28, 2017 10:30 am

Maybe because its disrespectable to make a the rebbe graffittj art

July 28, 2017 10:20 am

Stop judging the artist stop judging anyone stop thinking you know what the Rebbe wants/wanted from us. WHO CARES? Who knows if this picture would SPARK someones interest again. How dare you vandalize our streets? Is that what the Rebbe wanted from you? to “save” his face and be disrespectful to another Yid. I am horrified. COMPLETELY.

LOVE your truly
a messenger

Thats Why...
July 28, 2017 10:19 am

Thats why you don’t put the Rebbes picture in places where it will likely be defaced!

July 28, 2017 10:12 am

Graffiti is graffiti. A picture of the Rebbe does not belong on walls in graffiti style. It’s denigrating and disrespectful.
Just like the so-called “artist” the vandals were also acting in a sense of “shlichus” to defend the honor of a Tzaddik.

July 28, 2017 10:07 am

They most likely hanging out in 770

July 28, 2017 9:55 am

These bochurim should be ashamed of themselves. Just because someone does something that you don’t agree with doesn’t give you the right to do something like this.

July 28, 2017 9:53 am

I don’t think what they did was right but truth the rebbes picture dose not belong on a wall outside a pizza shop

Good I'm happy
July 28, 2017 9:50 am

The Rebbe is not a piece of art

I hope they Pay
July 28, 2017 9:47 am

Please report it. We appreciate living in a civilized society and not reporting it will contribute to help turn this place into a jungle

So Sad
July 28, 2017 9:44 am

The artist worked hard to create something beautiful, and with your vicious acts, you’ve created something despicable and ugly. And This in the NINE DAYS.Know that you have NOT done a mitzvah – despite what you may have thought….BDE

ch farmer
July 28, 2017 9:41 am

isn’t the the messianic rav’s son

July 28, 2017 9:30 am

Wow… So embarrassing that jews can behave like that

July 28, 2017 9:20 am

Have them arrested

a reminder to increase Ahavas Yisrael
July 28, 2017 9:16 am

This is a little sad. The bochurim probably thought that they were helping the kovod of the Rebbe and doing something good. As they felt the mural was disrespectful to the Rebbe. But I wonder if the artists feelings were considered. The artist who probably also thought he was doing something good that the Rebbe would like. the artist who labored to make the mural. I wonder how the Rebbe was so sensitive to people’s feelings, would respond. I wonder if we can all learn from this that everyone is trying their best to do what is right and good.… Read more »

This is not right!!!
July 28, 2017 9:15 am

I understand that too some this art is controversial.

I think its contemporary art, and contemporary art and therefore will have its likes and dislikes.

However, that does not give anyone the self righteous reasoning to damage someone else’s work or property.

P.S. I believe the Rebbe would have appreciated contemporary Art.

July 28, 2017 9:14 am

Just because you’re a ‘frum chasid,’ on a purportedly holy mission to protect the Rebbe from some sort of perceived slight to his kavod, this destruction of property doesn’t make you anything less than a common street vandal. You committed a crime of the same severity, (not to mention that you also violated the mitzvot of Ahavat Yisroel and damage to another Jew’s income, and I’m sure many more as well in the process), and, should the owner press charges (which is highly doubtful, and probably the reasons these cowards had the b*lls to go through with this), you can… Read more »

a disgrace!!
July 28, 2017 9:11 am

How could they do this ?! such chutzpa!!

I remember
July 28, 2017 9:07 am

Once a person went by dollars and the Rebbe told them a tikun for throwing a pic of the Rebbe on the floor.

I hope these guys do Teshuva

July 28, 2017 9:06 am

they don’t look like they’re trying to mask anything to me.

When you turn the Rebbe into a meme and a bit of advertising, what can you expect?

mendel braun!!
July 28, 2017 9:01 am

the son of our “rov”!!! such chinuch…

July 28, 2017 8:52 am

I knew all the mishchism will lead to desecrating the rebbe in an open form.

I not saying I love the mural but to paint over the rebbe’s picture with black paint??