July 15, 2011

100 Years In The Forward

An Italian and a Jew stood before the magistrate. The Italian said: “This murderous Jew tried to kill me.” Apparently this was true, and so the Jew was arrested. But it wasn’t the whole story. The two are neighbors. The Italian has children who make a great deal of noise and cause pieces of the ceiling to fall into the Jew’s apartment below. One day, after a particularly large chunk fell, the Jew went upstairs to complain to the Italian. The Italian responded by picking up a shovel and clocking the Jew in the head. The Jew ran out into the hallway and found an iron bar, which he threw at the Italian. After hearing this tale, the magistrate freed the Jew and chewed out the Italian.

75 Years In The Forward

Brooklyn police arrested eight members of the notorious Cowboy gang of Brooklyn’s Brownsville section. While making the arrests, the police discovered missing Brooklyn teenager Florence Shreck in the Cowboy hideout. Florence recently went missing, and it was thought that white slave traders had kidnapped her. Meanwhile, the gang, which was responsible for at least 50 violent holdups and 20 automobile thefts over the past two months, appears to have been put out of business. Among those arrested are brothers Abe and Ike Katzenbogen, Ralph Levy, Maury Zlotnick and Sam Nissenbaum, all of whom are in their late teens and early 20s.

50 Years In The Forward

The Skverer Hasidim, along with their rebbe, Yakov Twersky, have finally won a long battle that will permit them to incorporate a town where Jewish religious law will be the law of the land. For example, streets, will be closed to traffic on Saturdays. The Skverer Hasidim settled years ago, near Ramapo, N.Y., and hoped to create their own little shtetl so that they wouldn’t have anything to do with the secular town. But local politicians opposed to the plan. After a long legal battle, the Hasidim have finally won the right to incorporate a new town, the name of which will be “New Square.”

50, 75, 100 Years Ago in the Forward

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