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Russian Rabbi Investigated for Distributing Book of Jewish Law [Update, more info.]
Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 27JUN05 | Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews

Posted on 06/27/2005 12:46:20 AM PDT by familyop

(IsraelNN.com) In a move reminiscent of the Stalinist era, or the Spanish Inquisition, Russia’s state prosecutor has begun probing whether a Russian translation of a code of Jewish law constitutes racist incitement.

Lawyers working for the state prosecutor ordered Rabbi Zinovy Kogan, chairman of the Congress of Jewish Organizations, to explain the contents of the 16th century codification of Jewish law, of paramount importance, the Sulchan Aruch, in order to determine what the code says about non-Jews.

The inquiry follows publication of a letter signed by 500 public figures, including 20 members of the nationalist Rodina party, calling on the state prosecutor to outlaw the Jewish religion and Jewish organizations in Russia.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: censorship; freedom; inquisition; religion; russia; russianjews; stalin
..."signed by 500 public figures."
1 posted on 06/27/2005 12:46:21 AM PDT by familyop
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To: SJackson

Pinging...

...a little more info here.


2 posted on 06/27/2005 12:47:14 AM PDT by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: Alouette

Ping!


3 posted on 06/27/2005 12:57:09 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Canada is the answer to a question that nobody bothered to ask." --Stand W)
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To: Alouette; BringBackMyHUAC

The inquiry follows publication of a letter signed by 500 public figures, including 20 members of the nationalist Rodina party, calling on the state prosecutor to outlaw the Jewish religion and Jewish organizations in Russia.


4 posted on 06/27/2005 12:58:54 AM PDT by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Alouette

It's not a comment about President Putin on my part, BTW. His name isn't even mentioned in the news on this. I only post. You decide.


5 posted on 06/27/2005 1:01:35 AM PDT by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: GOP_1900AD; Uncle George; mudblood; AnimalLover; hedgetrimmer; John Lenin; AnnaZ; zzen01; ...

In reality, today’s authorities are no different from their predecessors. Like the Yeltsin administration, Putin’s team has come from under the wing of the old Soviet Communist Party. But unlike Yeltsin’s people, Putin’s team does not even try to hide the fact – rather, it cultivates the familial affinity. It is just as corporate, just as much built on personal loyalty and back-scratching and gets its support above all from the security forces.

As for the Prosecutor General’s Office, proclaimed the "state’s eye" 300 years ago, it never has been independent and is not today. Quite the contrary, as can be seen by the events of the last two years (18 months of which were under Putin), which have seen the prosecutors valiantly pursuing open opponents of the Kremlin and trying to frighten potential opponents. Also, the tradition of obtaining authorization from the top before investigating high- or even middle-ranking officials has not changed since Soviet times.

Link:

http://www.cdi.org/russia/johnson/5523-6.cfm


6 posted on 06/27/2005 1:08:23 AM PDT by BringBackMyHUAC
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To: BringBackMyHUAC

As to your last comment- I will say- Since before the Soviet times...since before Soviet times, and again...


7 posted on 06/27/2005 1:25:27 AM PDT by Treader (Hillary's dark smile is reminiscent of Stalin's inhuman grin...)
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To: familyop; Alouette

For the moment, I'm a conscientious objector in the Putin Wars. I pinged Alouette because if anyone has the inside skinny on this insane prosecution, it's her.


8 posted on 06/27/2005 1:57:07 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Canada is the answer to a question that nobody bothered to ask." --Stand W)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Mr.Putin is doing a good job. The great writer, Alexander Solzhenystan recently came out with some measured support for Mr.Putin and bold defense of his nations interest.

Prayers and Blessings to the good people of Russia.
9 posted on 06/27/2005 2:01:31 AM PDT by Red Sea Swimmer (Tisha5765Bav)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That's probably true. Thanks for pinging to her.


10 posted on 06/27/2005 2:01:32 AM PDT by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: familyop

Oh good grief, if history didn't show this kind of thing over and over it would be too bizarre to believe. Modern day Russia? Where's President Bush on this.


11 posted on 06/27/2005 2:07:02 AM PDT by The Red Zone (Florida, the sun-shame state, and Illinois the chicken injun.)
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To: familyop
The Schulchan Aruch by Joseph Caro, is a compendium of Jewish rituals to follow in every day life. Its more accurate to describe it as a handbook of Jewish observance. There's nothing racist in it. The Rabbi hasn't committed a crime in distributing it unless to be a Jew is a crime now in Russia.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
12 posted on 06/27/2005 2:23:08 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

...well said, and thank you for posting the information.


13 posted on 06/27/2005 2:42:48 AM PDT by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; A Jovial Cad; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; adam_az; af_vet_rr; agrace; ahayes; ...
FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel/Russian Jewry ping list.

WARNING: This is a high volume ping list

14 posted on 06/27/2005 4:06:30 AM PDT by Alouette (The only thing learned from history is that nobody ever learns from history.)
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To: familyop

So where are the quotes from said document of Jewish law ?
Aren't they public record?


15 posted on 06/27/2005 4:56:02 AM PDT by millefleur (No KING but Jesus !)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...

If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.


16 posted on 06/27/2005 5:28:36 AM PDT by SJackson (Israel should know if you push people too hard they will explode in your faces, Abed. palestinian)
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To: familyop

Is Putin completely nuts? He is if he allows this.


17 posted on 06/27/2005 7:25:53 AM PDT by tomahawk (http://tomahawkblog.blogspot.com/)
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To: Alouette
this may explain some of the background

"The investigation was meant to review a ruling last month by Moscow prosecutors that the text did not inspire hatred and a criminal case was not warranted, said Kogan, chairman of the Congress of Jewish Religious Organizations who published the translated text."

"The issue was brought up in January, when 19 lawmakers made the text the center of their appeal to prosecutors to conduct an investigation aimed at outlawing all Jewish organizations, accusing Jews of fomenting ethnic hatred and provoking anti-Semitism.

A group of rights advocates filed a complaint in February, asking prosecutors to determine whether the lawmakers' letter incited national and religious hatred and bring them to justice if it did, said Yevgeny Ikhlov, one of the activists who placed the complaint.

Prosecutors concluded in May the lawmakers' statement did not constitute a crime, but they were conducting a second investigation into the matter, Ikhlov told AP.

Inciting national and religious hatred is a criminal offense in Russia that carries a penalty of up to five years in jail.

Russia and the Soviet Union had a long history of state-sponsored anti-Semitism, including the residence restrictions in the Russian Empire, brutal pogroms at the turn of the 19th to 20th century, and Soviet-era discrimination against Jews.

The government no longer perpetuates anti-Semitism after the 1991 Soviet collapse, but many rights groups accuse Russian leaders of being silent in the face of xenophobia, expressed in the occasional desecration of Jewish cemeteries and more frequent skinhead attacks against dark-skinned foreigners."

18 posted on 06/27/2005 2:40:12 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: Alouette; jb6; familyop
Russia drops Shulhan Aruch case

"Lazar rejected the charge of anti-Semitism in the government, saying, "I tell you clearly: in the top echelons of government, the prosecutor's statement [announcing the original investigation and criminal complaint] shocked everyone. The chief rabbi also said that the resolution of the issue would prove to be a positive development in the ongoing fight against anti-Semitism in Russia."

And translation resumes. Hopefully without more troublemakers.

19 posted on 06/29/2005 4:24:30 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: MarMema
The original probe was initiated after two nationalist activists complained the text is aimed at ``insulting human dignity based on national and religious affiliation,'' according to an earlier prosecutors' statement posted on the Web site of an anti-xenophobia group, Sova. The text was also accused of labeling Christians ``worshippers of idols'' in a reference to Christians' main religious symbol, the cross.
20 posted on 06/29/2005 4:26:28 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: MarMema

Funny, no posts by the haters after your posts. I wonder why? Keep taking the wind out of their sail.


21 posted on 07/02/2005 11:02:33 AM PDT by jb6 ( Free Haghai Sophia! Crusade!)
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