Friday, June 12, 2009

Rabbi Goodfella

NY Post:

Move over, Goodfellas.

The lower Manhattan lockup known as the Tombs was like a "private club" for a group of Orthodox Jewish jailbirds, whose politically connected prison-chaplain rabbi regularly treated them to feasts of roast beef, salmon and chicken with all the trimmings, The Post has learned.

Rabbi Leib Glanz -- the city jail chaplain suspended Wednesday for organizing a 60-guest bar mitzvah in the jail for an inmate's son -- also ensured that those "chosen few" inmates awaited trial there instead of at the more dangerous Rikers Island, according to a bombshell correction officers' memo, a copy of which was provided to The Post.

"The outlandish and outrageous things that the rabbi is allowed to do in the facility have gotten beyond words and belief," the memo says. "When it comes to Rabbi Glanz, it would [seem] that the Jewish inmates are not in jail but in a private club reserved just for them."

"The inmates are untouchable," the memo added. "When it comes to the Jewish inmates, all rules are put aside."

Let's put aside the blatant favoritism and corruption involved for a second, and ponder this: earthly law can be disregarded and disobeyed, but Talmudic law--namely the consumption of Kosher-only food--must be observed at all costs?

Mayor Bloomberg, you've got some firing and cleaning up to do.

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