The Goat who calls himself Rabbi Greer conducted Sabbath services on schedule this past weekend. I was told by local Jews that he made phone calls this week to try to get ten Jewish men to help with his minyan for religious services. I believe most of the locals ignored his pleas for help.
The Goat will have a hard time getting ten men necessary for religious services during the summer. The wayward students from Lakewood are home for summer break. I cannot conceive of their families sending them back to the Goat school in the fall, but you never know. Their parents should be arrested for risk of injury to minors.
Notis the Nebbish is still living in the compound, and has a few sons who help out with the Goat minyan. I heard the Goat may have paid a few guys from Monsey to show up this past Shabbat. There are plenty of Hasidic Jews out there who don’t follow the news and could be lured into the compound with the offer of some easy shekels. I ran into a few young guys on Saturday who said that they were from Lakewood. They were a bit elusive.
If the Goat ends up in jail he will most likely be sent to the York Correctional Center in Niantic, the prison where Connecticut sends men over 50. I know a lawyer who did some time in Niantic. He said it was fairly peaceful, old guys don’t engage in much physical violence. Or the Goat could end up at the jail the State sends diddlers, ie., sex offenders: in Brooklyn, CT. Brooklyn is not too far from the Mohegan Sun casino. I also knew a guy who did some time in Brooklyn. He said that there are about 400 guys up there, and they are split up into 4 dorms of 100. In order to eliminate the wheeling and dealing of food as currency, the kitchen workers all live in the same dorm. You can’t buy and sell food if you all have access to as much food as you want.
The best jail for the goat would be in Brooklyn with a job working in the kitchen. The goat will have access to plenty of food, so it will be easier for him to keep kosher. But to get access to food the goat would have to work in the kitchen. The Goat does not like physical labor. The Goat would rather work on eviction paperwork in his office. The Goat and his slimy attorney Stuart Margolis have not yet evicted every Jew from the compound. There are still a few Jews left, who have been anxiously waiting to see what happens. Margolis doesn’t need Goat business, he has plenty of money of his own.
The kosher options in State prison are very poor compared to the options in the Federal prison system. Cheshire killer Steven Hayes sued the State of Connecticut for a lack of kosher food. Hayes said he was a practicing Orthodox Jew and that the rabbis supervising the kosher food in the State prison were unreliable. He complained that the prison food was “kosher like” which was not really kosher. His lawsuit was thrown out, but his complaint had some truth. The affidavit of Prison Rabbi Schectman, a Reform rabbi, clearly indicates the “kosher” food served in prison did not adhere to strict kosher dietary standards. If the kosher food did not meet the standards of killer Hayes, I doubt that the kosher food will meet the standards of the Rabbi Goat. The Goat refuses to allow food into the compound unless it was kosher certified from New York. The Goat does not trust Connecticut kosher standards, so I doubt that the goat will trust Connecticut kosher-like prison food.
The Federal Court ruled against Hayes and found that the State didn’t have to provide him with a costly kosher diet. I know a New Haven Jewish guy who did some time in the same complex as killer Hayes. He said he didn’t get to meet Hayes but he got a chance to spit in his food before the guards served Hayes. Hayes was locked up in solitary 24/7.
Hayes also sued the State of Connecticut because prison guards gave him a smelly mattress. That complaint was also thrown out. The Goat has smelly animals who live in his smelly garage so I don’t think the Goat would complain about a smelly prison mattress. When I first started blogging an associate female lawyer who worked for the Goat many years ago wrote that the Goat never took showers, smelled bad, and called her a chazerai, which means a pig in Yiddish. She said this was her first job out of law school and her experience with the Goat was the worst experience she had in her entire life.
Hayes ended up getting his death sentence thrown out. He was taken off death row and given six consecutive life sentences. The State of Connecticut recently transferred him to a prison in Pennsylvania. Connecticut thought Hayes would be too difficult to protect in the general population when he got off death row. Too bad Hayes was sent to Pennsylvania, he could have helped the Goat gather a minyan for religious services in jail. Instead the Goat will have to fend for himself, the only Orthodox Jew in jail.
The Goat used to brag about how he was the only Orthodox Jew at Princeton. He said it was a lonely existence, as he had to prepare his own meals, and eat by himself for four years. Prison will bring the Goat back to the good old days at Princeton. Here are the grunts out of the mouth of the Goat himself, from the Goat blog:
“In the early 1950s, when Rabbi Daniel Greer entered Princeton as an undergraduate student, he confronted a very alien environment. For the first two years at Princeton, Daniel Greer was the only undergraduate keeping strictly kosher. As a result, he found himself eating meals, alone, in his room each day, every day. There was, at that time, absolutely no provision for any kosher food on campus. Rabbi Daniel Greer brought a week’s supply of food to Princeton from his home in New York, where he traveled for Shabbos. Once in a while, he joined several graduate students, who observed kashrus, and ate with them at the home of Helen Feddy, an older woman who lived on Witherspoon Street. Mrs. Feddy was the only person in all of Princeton Township, at that time, who kept a kosher home. As a great courtesy and kindness, she would periodically host the three or four kosher-eating graduate students (who, generally, as well, also ate alone in their rooms).”