Religion: Other Cheek

A 2O-year-old hoodlum, out on parole from reform school, met a 65-year-old rabbi. First the hoodlum insulted the rabbi, then knocked out two of his teeth. A month later Hoodlum John Peluso and Rabbi Sholem Cohn met in a New York court. The charge against Peluso: felonious assault. Said Rabbi Cohn in Yiddish (he cannot speak English): "As a rabbi, I forgive him. I don't want him punished.

I ask the court to be lenient with him." Less inclined to leniency, Judge Lester W. Patterson reduced the charge to simple assault, last week sentenced Parolee Peluso to the city penitentiary for a...

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