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Jun 28, 2005 11:08 pm


RUSSIAN PROSECUTOR INVESTIGATES "THE SHULKHAN ARUCH"



No, it is not a joke - wierd it is.

A man wakes up one morning and thinks he's back in the Middle Ages. Russian State Prosecutor Vladimir Ustinov, the front page of the Russian newspaper Izvestia reports, has decided to launch an official investigation of the Shulhan Arukh, the definitive compendium of Jewish law written in the 16th century by Rabbi Joseph Caro and used to this day - generally in an abbreviated version - as a standard reference book by Orthodox Jews.

Prosecutor Ustinov has already summoned Moscow rabbi Zinovy Kogan, chairman of the Congress of Jewish Organizations, for questioning in order to determine whether the Shulhan Arukh should be banned for"racist incitement." He took this action after receiving a letter last January, signed by 500 patriotic Russians, calling the Jewish religion"anti-Christian and inhumane" and demanding that the Shulhan Arukh be banned.

You read and rub your eyes and read again. And still it's hard to believe.

The rest of HILLEL HALKIN's article can be found here

He is right. We have no choice, we must take this stuff seriously.

Good news. Case dropped.




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