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Gil Student

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  1. joel rich says:

    Two questions on the Rapfogel article
    Where is the restitution money coming from?
    The New York Times article showed him wearing a yarmulke. I wonder what people think about whether it would have been better for them to take off?

    • Gil Student says:

      I think it would have been a mistake to remove the yarmulka. It would have made him look like a tricky Jew trying to fool the gentiles. The media probably would have pounced and the judge might have even commented on it.

  2. mycroft says:

    Does anyone know if Rapfogel wore a yarmulke professionally? I just tried Google Images and the visible yarmulke pictures are generally from his arrest etc. There are examples of many frum professionals of non frum Jewish organizations who did not keep their hair covered at work.
    Not that I am to rule between Gil and Joel my gut is that wearing a yarmulke to court would increase anti-semitism. I suspect there are more than a few frum bloggers over the years who when they go to court do not keep their hair covered.


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