Note: The original article was approved by Mr Richter before publishing.
Thursday Update: Mr Richter told GL, his acting rabbi is R’ Yehuda Levin who confirmed he will indeed appear at the protest.
Wednesday 3:30 PM Update: Sources tell GL, they spoke with the BMG Roshei Yeshiva and have confirmed they are not maskim to making a public protest.
As reported previously, the Mr. Richter is flying solo. He is doing this on his own without getting the approval of Lakewood daas Torah. People are outraged. GL was contacted by many, many people who all said the same thing. ‘If the Rabbanim say we should protest, of course we will go! But no one should take matters into their own hands.’ Others went more the ‘askanus route’ – saying actions have ramifications and people who deal with ramifications should decide on actions.
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Mr. Richter of Lakewood is a 25-year-old man who is not a Rabbi. He is what many consider to be an extreme ‘activist,’ who takes matters into his own hands. He is a strong follower of R Yehuda Levin and is a kind and friendly person. His views though are extreme and do not represent anyone other than himself.
Hurricane Sandy, Lakewood had hurricanes, That is what happens when we do bad things. I need to speak upMR. RICHTER
Mr. Richter in the past protested at the Lakewood library, at the planned parenthood facility in Philidelphia holding signs that read ‘baby holocaust’ and is extremely passionate about morals and values. He is unique, though, in how he expresses them.
GreaterLakewood spoke with Mr. Richter who confirmed he wants to protest by himself. He does not need people nor does he need a crowd. If people want to join, great but it does not matter to him.
Mr. Richter stressed to GL, If anyone joins, they must not get violent. He added that no Rabbi has given him the green light on this protest. (Other than Rabbi Levin who will probably not be attending)
Using daas Torah based off a letter R’ Moshe Feinstein wrote 30 years ago was Mr Richter’s justification for holding the event.
GreaterLakewood asked why doesn’t he get an OK from the town’s leading Rabbis? His response was I should, I sent someone, etc – No clear, concise answer.
GL confirmed the letter below was written by Mr. Richter himself – No Rabbi had any part in it. One man (We will not publish his name yet) sponsored food in an effort to get youngsters to partake in the event.
Mr. Richter asked GL to add to the article that he is a Great Grandson of R’ Herman of ‘all for the boss’ and is trying to follow in his ways. Adding ‘R’ Levin I am machshiv but that is not where this comes from.”