On the eighth day, God made oxycodone

New York City narcotics agents announced the indictment of five Brooklyn men yesterday, members of a Sabbath-observant drug ring that operated out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

Defendants Jack Zibak, 28; Jack Zaibak, 24; Eduard Sorin, 38; David Gerowitz, 37; and Philip Mandel, 25, were charged with multiple crimes, from illegal possession of narcotics to illegal possession of a weapon, according to CBS news.

Police reportedly seized around 900 doses of heroin, as well 335 oxycodone pills, cocaine, Xanax, Suboxone and Klonopin from the group during their initial arrest in April. They also found a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition.

The name of the NYPD sting operation that led to the drug bust? Only After Sundown.

Though cavalier about New York’s drug laws, the group was scrupulous about observing the Sabbath. Text messages from members of the gang show them alerting their clientele of their weekly sundown-to-sunset hiatus.

“We are closing 7:30 on the dot and we will reopen Saturday 8:15 so if u need anything you have 45 mins to get what you want,” they wrote in a group text-message to clients.

Iranian VP blames ‘Zionists’ for illicilt drug trade

An Iranian vice president blamed “Zionists” for the global drug trade and said the Talmud encourages promoting addiction in non-Jewish communities.

Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran’s first vice-president, made the comments Tuesday during ceremonies marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Tehran. He said evidence of the Zionists’ direct involvement in illicit drugs is the fact that “you cannot find a single addict among the Zionists,” the semi-official Iranian FARS news service reported.

Referring to the Talmud, he said, “The book teaches them how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother.”

European diplomats were among those in attendence at the United Nations-sponsored ceremony.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the speech and added that “Hitler said crazy things too – and he was able to execute his plan.”

The Anti-Defamation League called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to immediately condemn the incendiary anti-Semitic and conspiracy-laden speech.

“To all those who thought that anti-Semitism is a thing of the past, certainly this makes it very clear that it is alive and well again,” ADL National Director Abe Foxman said in a statement. “What makes it more sinister and dangerous is the fact that it comes from a leader of a country that has vowed to destroy the Jewish state and is making efforts to obtain the means to do it.”

Young and Independent

Notes from a visit with a senior class: After seeing friends and peers smoking marijuana and using other drugs , students at Shalhevet High School didn’t wait for their parents or teachers to educate them about the harmful effects of narcotics. Instead, they undertook the challenge themselves. “We were obligated…. Something had to be done,” said Brian Orgen, president of this year’s graduating class.

Although students at the Orthodox school are “pretty straight,” classmate Ariel Belliak quickly added, the student-initiated drug-education program was necessary because “the Orthodox think they are immune to this problem. But really, by not talking about it, they are wide open.”

This independent spirit of self-determination was evident as some of the school’s 25 graduating seniors spoke about what they perceive as a negative view of people their age by their parents’ generation. The message sent was loud and clear: We’re ready to take on the world, or at least college.

“People assume that if you’re 17, you are disillusioned and stupid,” said Zach Gershuni, bound for UC Berkeley this fall. Gershuni is already paying his college bills with money he earned working at his uncle’s store. Because of his youth, customers there “often walk right past you without saying hello,” he said.

As a member of a fencing team, Maytal Dahan is used to being around people older than her who are “naïve” about her age group. “They underestimate kids. They think that you’re not sure what you want to do and where you’re going,” the incoming UC San Diego student said.

Not all young people are looking for trouble, said Belliak, also bound for Berkeley. “Sure, people run amok, and they should suffer the consequences,” he said. But overall, “we have more initiative than they give us credit for.”

“Sure, there are negatives — a lot of them — but positives outweigh them,” Orgen said.

Gershuni offered advice for parents who want their adolescent offspring to develop into well-adjusted young adults.

“There’s a widening gap between graduates who are capable to function intellectually, emotionally and economically, and those who aren’t,” he said. Therefore, “if you want a successful kid, put him or her in a school where they can develop not only intellectually but morally, culturally and socially.”