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Phoenix - Menorah Candles in Arizona Prison Debated

Published on: December 11, 2012 12:26 PM
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Photo credits: Jeff Lynn, Hershl Weberman, Chabad of ArizonaPhoto credits: Jeff Lynn, Hershl Weberman, Chabad of Arizona

Phoenix - A Jewish educational outreach organization is asking Arizona to allow inmates to celebrate Hanukkah by lighting menorahs with real candles behind bars.

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The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/VxpVto) that Chabad of Arizona says Arizona is one of seven states that do not allow the lighting of a menorah with real candles in state prisons and the group wants to change that.

Rabbi Zalman Levertov, the group’s regional director, says prison guards could light a menorah visible to Jewish inmates.

But Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux says burning menorahs pose a safety concern.

Mike Linderman, administrator of pastoral activities for the DOC, said if an open flame were allowed for about 680 Jewish inmates in the state, the DOC would also have to permit burning candles for 11,000 other inmates.

 

 


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 Dec 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM ShmuelG Says:

I couldn't overlook the painful fact: that of 11,000 inmates in Arizona, fully 680 are Jewish. The haskala, reform and zionists wanted to make the Jews k'kol hagoyim. The succeeded beyond their wildest expectations.

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 Dec 11, 2012 at 07:46 PM Texas_Eli Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

I couldn't overlook the painful fact: that of 11,000 inmates in Arizona, fully 680 are Jewish. The haskala, reform and zionists wanted to make the Jews k'kol hagoyim. The succeeded beyond their wildest expectations.

I doubt if it's 680. Here in Texas, there's several thousand that claim to be Jews - for whatever reason - but only a few hundred that actually are.

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 Dec 12, 2012 at 07:27 AM cool masmid Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

I couldn't overlook the painful fact: that of 11,000 inmates in Arizona, fully 680 are Jewish. The haskala, reform and zionists wanted to make the Jews k'kol hagoyim. The succeeded beyond their wildest expectations.

It's actually 680 'aside' from the 11,000 other inmates - not as you suggested 680 out of 11,000. But I share your view - its very sad that so many of ours are behind bars.

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