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The Rubashkin Saga (Part II)

With the opening of Agri in 1987, Postville was beset with what the locals dubbed, “The Jewish Invasion.” The arrival of the Jews caused a local polarization.

The Rubashkin Saga

Rubashkin’s idea was sound. A kosher slaughterhouse located in Pottsville, Iowa provided many benefits for consumers of kosher meat and the local economy.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (XII – Conclusion)

The conclusion to the legal saga of whether Dr. Simcha Goldman could wear his yarmulke while serving in the US Air Force. Chodesh Tov!

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (XI)

The ongoing legal saga of whether Dr. Simcha Goldman could wear his yarmulke while serving in the US Air Force

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (X)

Goldman's case would be the first time the Supreme Court considered a service member’s right of Free Exercise as protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (IX)

The ongoing legal saga of whether Dr. Simcha Goldman could wear his yarmulke while serving in the US Air Force

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (VIII)

Somehow, Simcha Goldman wearing a yarmulke in uniform was perceived as an act of insurrection that could weaken the very foundations of the military. But how?

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (VII)

The ongoing saga of the yarmulke wearing Dr. Simcha Goldman and the US Air Force

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (VI)

The Air Force’s defense was that the Constitution only protected a genuine religious law; not a personal preference. Wearing a yarmulke, they argued, was not the law.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (V)

Goldman's fight against the entire military establishment was stressful yet, oddly, exhilarating. He felt the Almighty was tapping him on the shoulder, whispering, “I want you to pull this off for Me”

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (IV)

Law-abiding, mild-mannered, Rabbi Dr. (Psychology) Simcha Goldman was unprepared to obey the direct order of his commander that he could NOT wear his yarmulke outside the hospital. Strike 2 on Goldman

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (III)

Dr. Goldman went from testifying as an expert witness to being the defendant. Could it have been because of his yamulke?

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (II)

Mitchell Geller was inducted as a Jewish chaplain; a rabbi and a beard go hand in hand. To tell a rabbi to take off his beard would be akin to telling a Catholic Father to remove his collar.

Jewish Practice In The U.S. Military (I)

The story of Air Force Chaplain Rabbi Geller's options concerning his beard: "Either you go to the barber shop or you go to jail."

Guard Your Influence (Conclusion)

It is quite a mind-shift to look at your life from the future. This entails thinking about your greatest legacy, how will one be remembered?

Guard Your Influence (V)

This Torah family, despite being in mourning, truly understood the value of every act and how it could change the world.

Guard Your Influence (IV)

At its worst, nearly 200,000 'fare-beaters' daily entered NY City's transit system without paying

Guard Your Influence (III)

How the "Broken Windows Theory" helped solve graffiti on NYC subways and led to a more orderly NYC.

Guard Your Influence (II)

A person's environment can work for the good or the bad; but it works more powerfully for the bad.

Guard Your Influence (I)

No year will exceed the seminary year in influencing the development of these young women.

Chanukah

Chanukah teaches the secret that greatness is how you respond-It’s how you fight&sacrifice for RIGHT

The Yale Five (Conclusion)

Though the Yale 5 lost the case and appeal, they ultimately won: Yale became flexible about housing

The Yale Five (IV)

The Yale 5 became the cause célèbre of liberals who maligned & conservatives who triumphed the cause

The Yale Five (III)

The Yale 5 were treated liked pariahs by their fellow Jewish students; their beliefs rejected

The Yale Five (II)

Since the students knew the housing rules in advance they should not have picked Yale hoping for an exception in their instance.

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