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It seems that the head of a New York family who stayed with him during Passover a few years back sued him for the refund of all their money (a considerable amount for the several people) because his program “failed to supply them with a menu for the daily breakfast buffet.” Apparently they were otherwise satisfied as this was their primary complaint.
In defense of the lawsuit, it occurred to the caterer to ask the hotel’s room service manager for a copy of the guest’s room charges, whereupon they found orders for tarfus (non-kosher) over the Passover holiday, which could not otherwise be explained, and which were not challenged but paid by the guest. Of course, this and other facts of the case resulted in the caterer being given the decision by the judge in the lawsuit.
Sometime later – this former guest was now a “guest” in a federal facility for “white collar” criminals. Most of his crimes range from embezzlement to income and sales tax evasion, etc., so-called “non-violent” crimes.
Guess who now supplies his former Passover guest’s kosher meals?
The caterer asked me if I thought it would be a good idea for him to stuff a menu inside the meal trays for his new client.
Very few people in America, newspaper reporters protecting private sources notwithstanding, are imprisoned through entirely no fault of their own. What happens to a person and their family when someone is incarcerated for apparently non-violent crimes? For Jews, the issues expand to include supply of kosher food, attendance at religious services, visitation issues for family and close friends.
This is a memoir of Mrs. Gene Craig, whose husband Jerry, an attorney, was convicted for over-eagerly assisting a client (who was eventually convicted and jailed for other crimes) in hiding his assets from seizure by the federal government. She relates with total candor the intricacies of dealing with the system – including the many “low-life” types also incarcerated with her husband – those who run the system, and the affect on her and her family.
The Sentence is a morality tale of the slippery-slope of otherwise decent people (it’s usually the husband) with wives and children and a frequently large, extended family – who break laws and finally go to jail. Gene Craig shows how it can happen to almost anyone – those who lie down with dogs will usually get up with fleas.
What kept Mrs. Craig going? A diary of her experiences, resulting in this 254-page book, that helped her keep her sanity. Should her husband have been convicted and gone to jail? A difficult question that will never be answered – it’s hard to get proper medical care in prison, and Jerry ultimately died (only a short while after being freed) of a cancer that affected him.
This book is certainly not completely “black.” Craig has injected quite a bit of humanity – even humor – and it’s a must-read for anyone and their family who needs to learn how to deal with the legal and prison systems in America.
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Rav Dynovisz will be speaking in Hebrew on Wednesday, January 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Rabbi Simeon Schreiber, senior chaplain at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, saw a small room in the hospital that was dark and dismal but could be used for Sabbath guests.
I so desperately want to have a loving relationship with my stepsons.
The Liberty Bell is a symbol of American Independence.
Because you can’t have kids pouring huge jugs of oil into tiny glasses, unless you want to turn your house into an environmental disaster.
Try these with your kids; there’s something for every age group and once all the recipes are made, dinner will be ready!
You children will build the country and you will help restore Israel to her former glory.
Bais Toras Menachem is proud to welcome its new staff member, Yaakov Mark, who will be the Administrator as well as Ort College and GED class coordinator.
Because she is keenly aware that anti-Semitism may start with the Jews but never ends with the Jews, she makes the logical connection between the opprobrium for both America and Israel so commonplace on the political left.
In this narrative of history, it is the third world Palestinians who are victims of the marauding Jews, of course.
The following statement is issued by the Presidium of the Rabbinical Alliance of America.
While still a student in a small Midwest college she learns that her aunt in New York has passed away, resulting in her life turning topsy turvy.
Green was an American volunteer in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, but something happened In Israel that has haunted him ever since.
Witnessed by Theodore Herzl, who was a journalist for a Viennese newspaper covering the trial, the cause célèbre became the spark that eventually caused the rise of the State of Israel in modern times.
These eleven nursing home residents and their accompanying staff from the Connecticut nursing home could represent any of us or our own loved ones…
There are three kinds of travelers: there are tourists, there are businesspeople, and then there are historians like Ben G. Frank.
The last kind doesn’t simply go from here to there. They try to relive history and find the real meaning behind what they experience.
Behind “the news” there’s almost always a story that isn’t being reported, and certain kinds of phenomenon occur almost simultaneously all over the world in almost every era.
Whether this is a memoir or autobiography or whether this book was written as an article of regional diplomacy, King Abdullah does come across in this book as a quite sincere person making a valiant effort at regional diplomacy, who is trying to quell terrorism in the Mideast and raise the social and economic levels of his countrymen.
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