The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 9 January 2010 / 22 Tevet 5770

Real and Mock Trials

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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If a Jew is really serious about observant Shabbat in the USA it seems that no trial is too difficult to weather.

High school students in America are very eager to compete for the National High School Mock Trial Championship. But when the students of the religious Maimonides School in Boston discovered that their mock trial was scheduled on Shabbat, they waged a legal battle that succeeded in getting the date of their trials pushed forward.

This precedent eventually led to the change in official policy of the American Mock Trial Association. In 2010 scheduling will be done in a manner that accommodates Jewish students who observe Shabbat.

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