No one is vetted in the manner that Beinart seems to think Booker should when dealing with Hecht and Boteach.
Rabbi Hecht does indeed posses unique power and influence at Eliezer, over matters of Jewish law.
As noted, Booker, Hecht and I founded Eliezer, The Jewish Society at Yale, in the fall of 1996.
By Chabad standards, after all, Boteach and Hecht are universalists.
Hecht could have opted to build a conventional Chabad House and install himself as the sole authority.
Hecht and True have been on trial in Rome since 2005 for conspiracy to traffic looted artifacts.
When Hecht, now 91, was arrested, he was in the process of writing a colorful memoir that read like a “how to smuggle art” manual.
Bot thare is mony that will Hecht and say thai sall do wele, and quhen thai mount in gouernaunce thai do all othir wayis.
The specific gravity of clay substance is 2·65 according to Hecht, the lower figures sometimes reported being too low.
The Hecht plan was studied by lawyers and financiers and declared feasible.