The Schmooze

Jewish Body Cleanup Crews' Bitter Fight

Two groups dueled it out on Kings Highway and West Sixth Street in Flatbush, Brooklyn, slinging insults (“I’m going to cut your balls off”) and fighting over rights to a dead motorcyclist’s body. Police intervened and tempers eventually cooled, though only momentarily.

This is not the plot to a new action movie. Last April, Chesed Shel Emes and Misaskim — both nonprofit organizations that collect body parts and fluids for burial according to Jewish law — rushed to the scene of a late-night fight in Flatbush and, in a rare moment of collaboration, worked together to gather remains.

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