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Sign for a religious court

Undated, probably mid-20th century
Painted metal in wood frame
24 x 28.5 inches

This sign is an advertisement for a rabbinical court of law which settled “all sorts of arguments and difficulties.” The sign encourages everyone to “come and participate in this rabbinical opportunity.” The rabbinical court was an alternative channel to the civic court for settling disputes, relying on a religious and moral code for judgment rather than US federal or local law. Although the courts were an attempt to promote the importance of religious life and law, few people in America went to them to work out their issues.

This sign reads: Religious Court of Rabbi Abraham Pranman of the Shavat Achim Anshe Slonim Synagogue. All sorts of arguments and difficulties are handled here. Everyone come and participate in this rabbinical opportunity. 231 3rd St Brooklyn, NY. Telephone Evergreene 7-2852

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