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Kosher Meals in Prison

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Florida prisons must provide inmate Bruce Rich with kosher meals under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), the Eleventh Circuit has held.  Jacob Gershman has this post at WSJ Law Blog. "Mr. Rich ... is a lifelong Orthodox Jew who observes the Sabbath and 'believes that keeping kosher is fundamental to the Jewish faith and is necessary to conform to God's will as expressed in the Torah,' his attorneys stated in an appellate brief."

Lifelong?  He has not always been so scrupulous about obeying God's will, such as "Honor your father and mother..." and "You shall not murder."  Exodus 20:12-13.  At least he didn't ask for sympathy because he is an orphan, the classic example of chutzpah.

I'm kind of surprised that Florida officials resisted as long as they did.  This is precisely why Congress included prisoners in RLUIPA, for better or worse.

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