Avi Shafran demonstrates no sensitivity for victims or ordinary people in his reported comments about New Square. From lohud.com
“Part of the choice of living in that community is to accept the norms,” he said. “If the rebbe says they should be centralized and unified, that’s his right. But the authority of a rabbinic figure should not cause anyone to act violently.”How typical of Avi to focus on the rights and prerogatives of the rabbi, while saying nothing at all about the people. Its certainly true that the grand monarch of Square has a right to say that his community should be centralized and unified; however the people have the same right to disobey him. Residents of a community are under no special obligation to accept local norms, and they did not sign away their personal freedoms by choosing to live in Square. The rebbe is free to advocate for what he considers best, and the people are free to push back, and to live their lives as they see fit.