The Curious Case Of Kiryas Joel The Rise Of A Village Theocracy And The Battle To Defend The Separation Of Church And State

Author: Louis Grumet
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613735006
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Twenty years ago, in the middle of the night and on the last day of the legislative session, the New York State Legislature created a publicly funded school district to cater to the interests of a religious sect called the Satmar, an insular group of Hasidic Jews that objects to, among other things, female school bus drivers. The rapidly growing sect had bought land in rural Upstate New York, populated it solely with members of its faction, and created a village called Kiryas Joel that exerted extraordinary political pressure over both political parties. Marking the first time in American history that a governmental unit was established for a religious group, the legislature’s action prompted years of litigation that eventually went to the US Supreme Court.

As today’s Supreme Court signals its willingness to view a religious viewpoint like any other speech and accord it equal protection, the 1994 case, Board of Education of Kiryas Joel Village School District v. Grumet, stands as the most important legal precedent in the fight to uphold the separation of church and state. In The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel, plaintiff Louis Grumet opens a window onto the Satmar Hasidic community, where language, customs, and dress have led to estrangement from and clashes with neighboring communities, and details the inside story of his fight for the First Amendment and against New York’s most powerful politicians.

Informed by numerous interviews with key figures such as Governor George Pataki, media accounts, court transcripts, and more, The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel not only tantalizes with a peek at cynical power politics driven by votes and Supreme Court justice squabbling and negotiation; it also provides an important demonstration of how a small, insular, and politically savvy religious group can grasp legal and political power. This story—a blend of politics, religion, cultural clashes, and constitutional tension—is an object lesson in the ongoing debate over freedom of versus freedom from religion.

Curious Case Of Kiryas Joel

Author: Louis Grumet
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613735030
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In The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel, plaintiff Louis Grumet opens a window onto the Satmar Hasidic community and details the inside story of his fight for the First Amendment.

Three Men In A Room

Author: Seymour Lachman
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Although Lachman's story takes place in one of the country's most progressive states, the problems described in this book are rampant in statehouses throughout the country.

A Sukkah Is Burning Remembering Williamsburg S Hasidic Transformation

Author: Philip Fishman
Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group
ISBN: 1938223314
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PHILIP FISHMAN grew up in the Brooklyn Jewish neighborhood of Williamsburg during the 1950s, when the community experienced a large influx of Hasidic Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe and the neighborhood evolved from a multi-ethnic ...

The State Vs Nelson Mandela

Author: Joel Joffe
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780744390
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In this compelling book, their defence attorney, Joel Joffe, gives a blow-by-blow account of the most important trial in South Africa’s history, vividly portraying the characters of those involved, and exposing the astonishing bigotry and ...

It Doesn T Have To Be That Way

Author: Laura A. Wasser
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250029775
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Maria Shriver, Kim Kardashian, Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears . . . Who do they have in common? Top LA divorce lawyer Laura Wasser. If anyone ever had a platform to write a how to divorce book for today's generation, it's Laura Wasser.

Walking Broad

Author: Bruce Buschel
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416546219
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It is also a city in flux. Bruce Buschel is a native Philadelphian who revisits his hometown and, in doing so, revisits his personal history and the city's complex identity.

The Holocaust On Trial

Author: D. D. Guttenplan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393346056
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The account of a trial in which the very meaning of the Holocaust was put on the stand. D. D. Guttenplan's The Holocaust on Trial is a bristling courtroom drama where the meaning of history is questioned.

The Court And The World

Author: Stephen Breyer
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1101946202
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Here is an invaluable understanding for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. From the Hardcover edition.


Author: Joseph Alexiou
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479892947
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The story of the Gowanus, like Brooklyn itself, is a tale of ambition and neglect, bursts of creative energy, and an inimitable character that has captured the imaginations of city-lovers around the world.

Same Sex Marriage And The Constitution

Author: Evan Gerstmann
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107174295
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A clearly written and accessible explanation of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision, its reasoning, and the consequences and controversies surrounding it.