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New sefer on Hilchos Prison

hilchos prisonWith more and more Orthodox Jews going to prison these days (obviously it’s due to antisemitism and those who are moser) one has to wonder about the strange halachic conundrums that must come up. How does one know what time to say the shema when they are in solitary? Is one permitted to go on a hunger strike for kosher food, or is that considered a sakana? May one affix his rope back to his soap on shabbos? Is weight lifting considered chukas hagoyim? It’s obviously hard for someone so frum to debate calling their spouse or calling their Rov with a shayala, so it’s very fortunate that a new sefer has just come out detailing many of the halachos and shayala’s that arise in prison.

You may recall the spoof sefer that someone created called the “halachos of incarceration” a few years back.

Hat Tip Failed Messiah


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  • A. Nuran January 12, 2014, 9:52 PM

    They see a growing market…

    • Anonymous January 13, 2014, 5:49 AM


  • I'm a loser trying to impersonate A. Nuran January 12, 2014, 10:27 PM

    …for pedophiles like me

    • A. Nuran January 13, 2014, 8:10 PM

      Heshy, would you be so kind as to remove this guy?

  • Challah Maidel January 13, 2014, 1:46 AM

    Here is what I pasken:

    Respect the law. Abide by the law. Keep your hands to yourself. Keep your pants zipped. Don’t cheat on your taxes. Don’t go to jail.

  • Inmate January 13, 2014, 5:14 AM

    Where can I purchase this sefer?

  • Sergeant J January 13, 2014, 5:37 AM

    Available for a case of smokes at any of the NY State prison bookstores now! Ask your rav for details (2 cellblocks down, can’t miss him).

  • Sad Jew January 13, 2014, 6:13 AM

    Hard to see G-d appreciating this Sefer very much. It is such a sad Chilul HaShem.

    I would love to see some rabbi somewhere grow a pair and say we will not serve Kosher food in jail. You got put away, you sinned, you brought this upon yourself . No Minyan, no Daf Yomi, no Cholov Yisrael. In fact, when you reach Shamayim, you will have a valid excuse for eating non kosher food and missing minyan, you were in jail! Now let’s work on doing Teshuva for whatever it is that got you into jail.

    I remember in high school, there was done talk about a Manhattan Mikva allowing unmarried women. The rabbis decided it is better for some to sin with Nidah than to open the door to many more people sinning, with Rabinic approval, in premarital sex. Here too, rabbis should shun criminals, not embrace them.

  • Shragi January 13, 2014, 2:07 PM

    It’s very important that non law-abiding citizens at least be halachah-abiding.

    • A. Nuran January 13, 2014, 10:39 PM

      Indeed, Shragi. Changing behaviors is an important part of rehabilitation.

  • furrydoc January 13, 2014, 8:23 PM

    They do not have have Wi-Fi in Otisville so the Nook and Kindle versions are not available for study. They might be able to get the print version discounted from the Aleph Institute.

  • SDK January 16, 2014, 6:56 AM

    You get up and you have nothing to do all day but daaven and learn Gemorrah. People tell you when to eat, they serve your meals, and you don’t need to do a thing for yourself. If you simply refuse to go outside to the yard and use that time instead to study, it’s just like yeshivah.

    They should create special prisons for frum Jews so that they can understand that they are being punished and they are no longer in yeshivah. I’m concerned that the experiences are too similar.

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