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Was having a bar mitzvah in a prison against halacha?Causing a massive chilul Hashem (3 days in a row of Post covers) definitely is. The second I saw the Post report that Yaakov Shwekey sang there, I knew some yid must have dropped the dime.
Right, let's cover it up, and pretend all Jews are without fault.
Anon - Yup. It's called a chillul Hashem.
Why are there 50 or 60 Jewish criminals waiting to be sentenced for financial crimes to begin with? Whatever happened to going to Shamayim ready to be asked if you were honest in your business dealings? How about having the bar mitzvah in a hall and sucking it up that you couldn't be there because you're a selfish ganav? How about letting the bar mitzvah boy have some dignity instead of a party in the clink?!It's your fault you screwed up, so do your time and try to act like a mensch instead of planning parties that make the rest of us look bad!!
annon- why are you excusing this like it is nothing. The fact that he was even able to host a bar-mitzvah there, from the get- go, was an added privelage, in and of itself. Do people not realize how bad a financial crime is? Bernie Madoff committed a financial crime and therefore are people today living in the streets, committing suicide and what not, because of the ripple affect of his actions. Financial crimes are devastating and Jews, don't get a free pass because they are Jews. The Torah does not say, keep all the laws of the land, but get a free pass because you are Jews. Heck- maybe we should let Madoff have his grandson's bar- mitzvah in prison, he fits the criterion perfectly- in prison for a financial crime and oh yeah, hes JEWISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ezzie,agree with you. Idiocy. Blaming the wrong person- but typical for YWN commenters