Askonim Reiterate Importance of Alerting Authorities When Witnessing Luring

letter luringFollowing the latest attempted luring incident over the weekend, Askonim have requested that TLS reiterate the importance of contacting authorities in the event of such occurrances.

Several months ago – following the rash of attempted luring incidents – Lakewood Rabbonim have signed an urgent Psak stating that anyone witnessing even a possible attempt of luring or abduction should immediately phone police on Shabbos or Yom Tov.

letter-signaturesThe Rabbonim stated that not phoning police in such instances on Shabbos or Yom Tov falls under the category of ‘Lo Samod Al Dam Re’echa’.

The Rabbonim sought to impress the urgency of the matter following the arrest of the convicted offender who attempted to lure high school aged girls to his vehicle. [TLS]

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  1. the avis truck had a fedex magnet on it-i saw a white man with dirty blonde hair wearing the fed ex t shirt-it seemed like he was doing deliveries but you never know

  2. Please note the language “possible attempt of luring or abduction”. As was discussed yesterday in the comments to the original article theres no psak to call on shabbos for “suspicious vehicles”.

  3. I work for a living and don’t live on this board. If you see a suspicious vehicle driving around a predominately Frum neighborhood on shabbos , falls under the category of “only a possibility of at attempt”

  4. Letter doesn’t say a WORD about calling for suspicious vehicles. If the “askonim” wanna impress something relating to THIS case, they must not use an old letter relating to a luring ATTEMPT. Read the letter.

  5. on Shabbos early afternoon while sitting at the Shabbos table I noticed something very strange. There was a white cargo van with its side door open driving very slowly down the block…and only the right side of the block can see the door open.. looking out the window I realized that it was throwing something out of the van…the new addition of the ocean county directory.
    so it looked suspicious, on Shabbos down my block …slowing down at each house…with its door open … children around …that was probably the van west gate saw on Shabbos (not for sure)(but that’s what the van on Shabbos could have been)

  6. I guess for those “ANON” who are not creative enough to come up with a name to use here , would also not understand the meaning of “suspicious” , look it up online , then maybe your kids will be safe .
    If you’ve never been involved in a search for a missing child R”L and seen the sheer terror on the faces of the Parents, you will never understand where I am coming from . Ask your local Rov or any of the Rabbonim that signed on that Psak , what you should do if a “Suspicious” vehicle comes around your neighborhood on Shabbos , I know what I WILL do and that it is permissible , your questioning and waiting for a tragedy to happen is Chillul Shabbos.

  7. *What about LCSW?*

    Hi Chaim,

    Here’s something to bust your bubble, LCSW HAS NO POWER! they cant stop, question, or arrest. LCSW can follow a suspect, & call 911, (which you or i can do too). They might be a good community watch, they might fill in where others cant, but they’re not police. So to answer your question; I don’t know the answer, im not a rav, but i do like to vent, & i had a hard day, so here it is.


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