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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Chassidic Cop

This guy gets sworn in:
What a mensch!

Joel Witriol, the city's first Hasidic police officer, was sworn in yesterday along with 1,358 other cadets at the Police Academy graduation at Madison Square Garden.

"It was an incredible life experience," Witriol said of becoming a cop. "I am looking forward to serving the community and the city."

He is only the third Hasidic police officer in the nation.

Witriol, 25, of Williamsburg, will be allowed to keep his peyes - the long side locks worn by Hasidic men - looped up over his ears.

He's been granted exemptions from police hairstyle rules so he won't have to break his religious vows. He also will be allowed off on the Sabbath and Jewish holy days.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am suprised that he is a cop. Afterall part of the jobs is to interact with women. Sometime he is going to touch them which is a big NO NO. He is just setting himself up to fail .

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as the contact is non-sexual and job related contact with women is OK. You can be, for example, a Chassidic doctor without any problem whatsoever.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure that the next time he doesn't arrest or chase a woman perp, the no contact rule will be a viable excuse

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

give the guy a chance--he actually wants a good job and he wants to help the community.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we being anti chassidish or just plain anti-semetic

6:19 PM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

'Are we being anti chassidish or just plain anti-semetic '


6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anti chassidish and anti semitic
look at your 5t community with the gg fiasco

that would have never happend in brooklyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!

only in a rich stuck up community a story like this could have happend!

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

vGerald Ford Remembered for His 'Calm and Steady' Hand

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The issue is not how he will interact with others, but how other will interact with him.

Will the chassidim expect special treatment from him??

Will the non-jews respect him for what his job is, or dis him because he is a jew??

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:22 PM Anonymous said...

"The issue is not how he will interact with others, but how other will interact with him."

In a place as diverse as NYC, every cop has this problem. The same could be said of anyone. If someone considering assigning a gentile cop to work in a Hasidic neighborhood asked "Will the jews respect him for what his job is, or dis him because he is not a jew??" they would also have a point.

But the real point is that being a cop is a tough job with many challenges and this guy will have to deal with them like everyone else does. Hopefully he and the other new cops are up to it. I wish them all luck.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

My respect!

5:41 AM  
Blogger HanginUp said...

More power to the Hassidic cop - would you all be happier if he chose not to work at all and just sponged off the government like his fellow Hassidic brothers?

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gourmet Glatt from Rabbi Billet

The Vaad HaKashrut of the Five Towns announced last night that as of January 8th 2007 its hashgacha will be reinstated at Gourmet Glatt which will be under new ownership. The Vaad is happy to welcome the new owner and his staff and hopes that the store will provide quality food with reliable Kosher standards along with its fine local competitors (Brachs and Supersol) at prices that the community deserves and expects.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure that there are Jews who will hope for special treatment from him ... just like there are Asians who will appeal to the Asian cops, etc. Since the police force deliberately tries to maintain a racially and ethnically diverse force, I'm sure this situation is handled in their training and/or subsequent supervision. I doubt if Jews invented the problem ...

The real question is how the job will affect him. Those of us without experience in the law enforcement world forget how spiritually damaging and demoralizing it can be to spend one's working day witnessing human behavior at its worst.

On the other hand, perhaps strong Yiddishkeit will actually be an advantage. I've only known one frum Yid in the field, and he once commented that his connection to his shul and Rosh Yeshiva helped him avoid getting sucked into the cynicism of cop culture.

Anyway, yasher koach to Reb Joel and to the NYPD for making reasonable accommodations that would allow little Chassidic boys who dream of being police officers to actually do so!

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with Fox. At least this goy would actually feel better with a devout jewish cop or a devout christian cop on the beat. The burn out is real, and although religious cops can also get sucked into the cyncism of the prevailing culture (don't we all?), I think the odds are a little better with someone with a religious devotion.

On a lighter note, goyguy and I are bringing a little diversity to this blog...:-}


11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As most of you know, the "W" in the name Witriol is pronounced with a "V" sound so the name, in actuality is Votriol.
The irony was not lost on me...
Vitriol - extreme bitterness and hatred toward somebody or something, or an expression of this feeling in speech or writing.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How nice for him to get off all the Jewish holidays!
Christian Cops are not guaranteed their holidays off.

It is amazing the power of your religion and the political clout it wields.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all to the guy who posted in the name of rabbi billet. who cares what he says
i hope the satmar cop comes to the 5 towns and harasses all of the modern orthos.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Gerald Ford Remembered for His 'Calm and Steady' Hand

9:54 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

My grandfather was a Jewish NYPD detective, and he got Shabbos and holidays off — but if they needed him for an emergency case they would call him and hang up, letting the phone ring according to a particular pattern. Then he would know that it was a police emergency and pick up the phone.

(this was before caller-ID and answering machines were invented)

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My cousin was a Catholic NYFD and he had to work on our most holy days many times while Jewish guys were off.

No special privileges there.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:06 PM Anonymous said...

"My cousin was a Catholic NYFD and he had to work on our most holy days many times while Jewish guys were off.

No special privileges there."

So if you're Catholic, you know that there are no religious restrictions on us working on Sundays or on holy days as long as we fufill our obligations.

According to canon law as posted on the Diocese of Rockville centre website:

(taken from the Pastoral Manual, 1997 edition,
Diocese of Rockville Centre)

What is the obligation?

On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass; they are also to abstain from those labors and business concerns which impede the worship to be rendered to God, the joy which is proper to the Lord’s Day, or the proper relaxation of mind and body (canon 1247).

1. participate in Mass: The precept of participating in the Mass is satisfied by assistance at a Mass which is celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the holyday or on the evening of the preceding day (canon 1248, §1). [United States: 4:00 p.m. the night before (“vigil Mass.”)]

2. exception: If because of a lack of a sacred minister or for other grave cause participation in the celebration of the Eucharist is impossible, it is specially recommended that the faithful take part in the liturgy of the word if it is celebrated in the parish church or in another sacred place according to the prescriptions of the diocesan bishop, or engage in prayer for an appropriate amount of time personally or in a family or, as occasion offers, in groups of families (canon 1248, §2).

3. Catholics are to abstain from activities that impede worship.

What special privilege are we looking for here? Every Sunday off? So people could go to Mass on Saturday night and take out the boat on Sundays? Now, if the police had a rule that said that all cops had to eat at least two free hot dogs a day from the pushcart guys, and Catholic cops wanted the rule waived on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays in Lent, THAT would be comparable to the Hassidic cop wanting off on the sabbath. See the difference?

Besides, if they gave your cousin and all the other Catholic firemen off for Christmas the city would burn to the ground ;-)

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more I read your Jewish excuses for having off on your holidays the more I hate jews. So if Christmas or Easter falls on a Saturday you get to stay home while I go to work. What the fuck kind of equality is that?

1:20 PM  
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