Tablet Magazine had a terrific piece by Peter Lance proving that Meir Kahane was killed by Al Qaida operatives.
It brought back memories, and reminded me of an interesting historical footnote about Rabbi Kahane and his impact in a very different sphere. In the 1970s, Kahane had been arrested by the US and was placed on probation. He was alleged to have violated the terms of his probation, and was sentenced to serve a year and a day. When Kahane was incarcerated by the US government, the Bureau of Prisons refused him kosher food. He sued, and the case came before Judge Jack B. Weinstein, the sentencing Judge. The issue was whether kosher was an essential part of Judaism.
Judge Weinstein, in his 1975 decision granting Kahane's request quoted from my late father’s Understanding Genesis (among other sources). My father had pointed out that following Jacob’s battle with the Angel, and from that day forth Jews do not eat from the sciatic nerve, and that this was the origin of the laws of Kashrut, a fundamental tenet of the Jewish faith (which was the main point being litigated).
From the decision:
The decision is fascinating and well worth reading.
The government appealed and lost.
Ever since that Appellate court ruling, the BOP has been required to provide kosher food for all Jewish inmates who request it.
(Hat tip to Melvin Weinberg, a partner at Trautman Sanders, who retrieved a copy of the decision for me).