Boorie Deutsch Learns a Hard Lesson: Customer is ALWAYS Right
Our own Boorie Deutsch, protagonist in the Weberman sexual molestation case that has become a cause celebre topping the news this week in the hood, may have erred in his headstrong belligerence against the Hasidic Williamsburg establishment. Is is now reported that R. Shmuel Berger, a notable kashrut endorser in Williamsburg, has revoked his kashrut certificate from Mr. Deutsch’s restaurant Old Williamsburg Cafe at 45 Lee Avenue in retaliation for his role as the prime instigator in the Weberman lawsuit, which will go to trial next month and for which the entire town was galvanized yesterday at the Continental Catering Hall on Rutledge Street.
If past events are any reliable indication, it is predicted that he will be driven out of business. Even though there was some vocal contingency yesterday from the fringes of the community rallied in protest to the Weberman fundraising dinner, the average ”bum” in Williamsburg is an inconspicuous bum who is not willing to go out on a limb to support a despised individual. The community in Williamsburg, the most cohesive in the Urban Hasidic world, is up in arms against him. Not only will they boycott his restaurant but they will throw their weight around to intimidate neutral individuals from patronizing him.
Boorie (or “Burie”, Baruch in Hebrew) Deutsch, 23, is the present girlfriend of the 17 year old girl who was allegedly molested repeatedly in her adolescence by Mr. Weberman in the course of religious counseling sessions with the self-proclaimed wizard. Years ago, when Mr. Weberman and the girl’s father found out that she was consorting with one Mr. Solomon outside of marriage, an act frowned upon in the community, they conspired to file charges against the boy and had him arrested and arraigned for statutory rape (an act of sex wherein one of the partners is underage and is therefore legally incapable of consent). That case was ultimately dismissed, perhaps when the girl subsequently refused to cooperate with the prosecution. Nevertheless the pair never mended their fractured relationship resulting from what the boy saw as her betrayal of him.
After the religious therapy sessions in Williamsburg sputtered, the girl was expelled or taken out of the hidebound Williamsburg institutions and placed in a relatively liberal Flatbush school to complete her education. That’s where a licensed secular therapist reported to governmental authorities her revelation that she was molested by Mr. Weberman.
Normally, when such a thing happens intense pressure is brought to bear, if necessary, on the aggrieved not to press charges in the secular courts. It is commonly argued that airing such dirty laundry in public constitutes a tremendous hilul hashem (profanation of God’s name). However, after Mr. Deutsch hooked up with the girl, he egged her on to resist the pressure to drop the charges.
Analysts in the community are not exactly sure why Mr. Deutsch is going to such great lengths to bring Mr. Weberman down. Some claim it’s some sort of personal vendetta, perhaps a retribution on behalf of his girlfriend for breaking up her first love affair with Mr. Solomon. Many even doubt the very credibility of the charges, often citing in Weberman’s defense that his reputation precedes him as an upstanding member in the community and it’s thus forbidden to “release a bad name” (motzi shem ra).
Looking back at Mr. Deutsch’s personal record, however, there may be other, broader motives in the mix. Mr. Deutsch, weary of “squeezing the bench” in the Yeshiva as many others do in the absence of any interest in Talmudic scholasticism, had left Yeshiva as a bachelor and sought to join the communal self-patrol organization, Shomrim, but was rebuffed due to his bachelorhood. He then launched a new patrol group, KCSP (Kings County Safety Patrol), which did not discriminate against bachelors. The venture was not ultimately successful, however, and he may therefore still be bearing a grudge on the community.
Another factor may be explained through social psychology. The community usually has little tolerance for those who do not follow the program lock stock and barrel; which would normally position Mr. Deutsch and his extramarital girlfriend outside the pale. By casting his girlfriend –and by extension himself– as sexual abuse victims they may be hoping to receive better, more lenient, treatment. The girl, for example, still resides with her parents in Williamsburg, which wouldn’t normally be acceptable practice given her wayward demeanor. As a sexual abuse victim, she is perceived as having strayed in response to abuse and is therefore still welcome in the community pending the resolution of the abuse episode.
All this, of course, does not impugn the actual charges being made, which anecdotal evidence suggests are substantiated. Numerous members in the community have revealed in private (under condition of anonymity) that they too were molested or fondled by Mr. Weberman, but are not wiling to go public because of the stinging boomerang effect that invariably follows. This is very bad news for Mr. Weberman’s credibility since those who are not turning to authorities and are reporting in confidence seem to have nothing to gain from such reports if they were fabricated as Weberman and his supporters assert.