Aug 19, 2019

the bar mitzva prison reunion

Kikar is reporting about a bar mitzva in Bnei Braq that turned into a prison reunion.

A lawyer, a Haredi fellow named Elyashiv Rabin, made a bar mitzva for his son last night. Mazel tov. Much nachas.

According to the article, this lawyer is a powerful guy, formerly an activist for Shas and then for Eli Yishai, but also hobnobbed with the rich and famous. I didn't look it up but it seems he was also somehow involved in the Holyland scandal that ended up sending Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to jail - I think his brother went to jail over it as well and he was one of the witnesses against Olmert.

Either way, this Rabin fellow made a bar mitzva and invited all his buddies from the Maasiyahu prison. Ehud Olmert was there as was former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, his brother Meir Rabin, and Eli Samchayoff..

There is nothing important here. I just thought it was funny that the guy invited all his prison buddies and turned the bar mitzva into a reunion for them.






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1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of what happened when I first started practicing. I was the only Orthodox Jew there, and the head of the firm, whom I worked for directly, was not Jewish.

    He had a criminal practice (among other things), and was representing a then well-known Orthodox criminal, who at one point had fled to Israel and was returned. He had been in one prison, Otisville, before sentencing, which was delayed for several years for various technical reasons. Once he was sentenced, the Bureau of Prisons was supposed to evaluate him and decide which prison to send him to.

    My boss visited him, and he impressed on him that he wanted him to convince the Bureau to keep him in Otisville. Why? “We have a really full and vibrant Orthodox community here in Otisville – kosher food, daily prayers and study sessions. Would not want to go somewhere else that does not have those.”

    I felt like sinking into the floor when my boss told me that story.

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