News Roundup – Thur. 5/6
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The rabbinical head of a Jerusalem Yeshiva was so incensed at hearing of a student engaged in criminal behavior, that he took out a gun and shot the student twice. So claims an indictment issued against Menachem Edri, head of Yeshiva Ben Ish Chai. It is alleged that after the student sustained two bullet wounds to his foot he fell to the ground and Edri began to beat him with the gun, after which Edri fled the scene. Edri later ordered the student to keep quiet about the incident and paid him large sums of money for it. According to Edri’s attorney, Yaron Gigi: “[Edri] is a peaceful man, who follows the Torah.”
Sholom Rubashkin has gone on a hunger strike because the Black Hawk County jail, to which he’d recently been transferred, could not assure the food provided were in accordance with his adherence to laws of Kashrus. Rubashkin also refused to walk into the facility, since he wasn’t wearing his yarmulke and talis koton, a condition that would not allow him to walk more than four cubits in any direction. As a result, it appears that Rubashkin will be returned to the Linn County jail where he’d been held previously. This after deputies spent a week planning for Rubashkin’s transfer, and how best to accommodate his needs.
The former Homowack Lodge, now belonging to Machne Bnos Skver, has been vandalized this week for the third time, with vandals breaking a number of recently-replaced windows at the old resort. The facility is now owned by members of the Skver Hasidic sect from New Square, and is used as a summer camp for girls. Authorities have given no indication that the windows were shattered in response to the owner’s non-attendance at the Skver rebbe’s tish during the previous weekend. In fact, authorities have no reason to believe that the owner was absent from the tish at all.
A 15-year-old Jerusalem girl opted for a different kind of bonfire this past Lag Baomer. The girl set fire to the curtain in front of the Holy Ark and the cantor’s podium in a synagogue on Panim Meirot Street. The girl claimed she wanted revenge against Charedim for harassing her.
Moshe Hirsch, the longtime anti-Zionist Neturei Karta leader, died this week at the age of 90. Not all were saddened at his demise. During the funeral, a group of Meir Kahana followers burst into the crowd and made joyful proclamations of Hirsch’s death, claiming he was an “enemy of the Jewish People.” Hirsch had maintained close ties with Yasser Arafat and the PLO, and served in Arafat’s cabinet as Minister for Jewish Affairs.
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