On Monday, a synagogue in New York witnessed tumultuous scenes as a cohort of young Orthodox Jewish men attempted to impede construction workers from entering an intricate network of secret subterranean passages.
In December, upon the discovery of the tunnels at the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn, the leaders of the synagogue mobilized construction personnel to pour concrete into the passageways.
On Monday afternoon, however, a cohort of Chabad-Lubavitch students aged 17 to 20 assembled at the edifice with the intention of safeguarding the concealed passageways.
Orthodox males were captured on surveillance footage vandalizing a cement truck that had just started to pump cement into the tunnel.
Individuals were observed penetrating the structure while demolishing wooden wainscoting, which exposed a labyrinth of pathways beneath.
A number of the men forcibly entered the tunnels to impede their filling, whereas one employed a hammer to breach the synagogue wall, thereby enlarging the tunnel.
In addition, the crowd rearranged seats and charged the police.
A different video depicts a young Orthodox Jewish man evacuating via footfall from a perforation in the building’s exterior pavement.
The synagogue has been closed since the New York Police Department apprehended ten individuals.
The mikveh situated adjacent to the women’s section of the 770 building and the vacant Union Street were linked via subterranean passageways.
A mikveh is a traditional cleansing receptacle utilized in rituals.
For instance, Jewish law mandates that women undergo an immersion in a mikveh prior to matrimony, and mikveh bathing is a component of the conversion process.
The purpose for which the passages were constructed is unknown. Chabad-Lubavitch is a Hasidic organization of Orthodox Jews.