Radio Days

Turns out we have someone to blame for the high number of court shows that dominate the afternoon-television lineup, and surprisingly enough, he never worked for NBC, CBS, or ABC. His name is Rabbi Rubin, and his court show aired on Yiddish radio in the 1930's and 40's. His court, though, was not exactly legit. Responding to the needs of the Jewish community in New York's Lower East Side, Rabbi Rubin's House of Sages (a place he created for retired rabbis to study and pray) formed its own private court system to settle disputes for people who were too poor or unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the real justice system. The service was free, but there was one catch

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