News Roundup – Thurs. 6/16/11
Queens residents Ahmend Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh pleaded not-guilty to a plot to dress up as Chasidim and blow up New York synagogues. If they planned on taking their costume cues from Hollywood, New York Jews have nothing to fear. Their disguise would have been blown long before any grenades.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joins the ranks of New York politicians claiming that New York city residents were undercounted in the 2010 Census, pointing to his large number of Chasidic constituents as ‘proof’.
The June 10th Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv included the first Orthodox Jewish float, featuring orthodox gays and lesbians from organizations Bat Kol, Havruta, and Pride Minyan. These organizations advocate the acceptance of homosexuals in the Orthodox community, but don’t state a formal position on the inherent conflict with traditional Jewish law.
A Jerusalem bais din sentenced a stray dog to death by stoning, ordering local children to carry out their decree. The dog had apparently committed the sin of carrying the soul of a famous secular lawyer, as evidenced by no evidence at all. Ultimately, justice was not meted out, as the dog escaped. The children, stuck in the neighborhood for the rest of their natural lives, were not so lucky.
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