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  • Popper: Agudah Could Go To Bat for Bar Mitzvah Chaplain

    by Steven I. Weiss

    The Forward’s Nathaniel Popper gets the scoop on Agudath Israel’s plans to potentially defend Rabbi Leib Glanz.

    Setting some aspects of this aside for a moment, the outrage over Glanz seems to have a lot less to do with the sporadic alleged illegalities of what went on (paying off guards and etc.), and a lot more to do with the fact that a rabbi went out of his way to treat inmates particularly well — bringing them food and religious articles and such. There are a number of charities that focus on largely the same work, and they and their workers are routinely applauded for doing what the average citizen wouldn’t, which is to have compassion for those who quite plainly have broken society’s rules. There seems to be in the outrage an ethic opposed to helping out prisoners as much as possible, but that ethic doesn’t seem very ethical, charitable or Jewish.

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