Yesterday morning’s long awaited biblical mock-trial was a rousing success, with nearly 1500 people fulfilling their civic duty as jury members for the day. A line-up winding down the street and around the corner began as early as 8am with eager ticket-holders arriving from all over the greater New York City area.
Case no. 5775 was set in motion by Alan Dershowitz and Eliot Spitzer, who argued The People Vs. Abraham before United States District Judge, the honorable Alison Nathan. The two well-known attorneys and personal friends spared little time on pleasantries and matched legal wits to present their cases. But after a thought-provoking legal debate and fair judicial process, Mr. Dershowitz managed to closely defeat Mr. Spitzer in favor of Abraham’s innocence based on the audience’s jury ballots.
Watching these two brilliant legal minds engage in modern biblical debate while surrounded by an enthusiastic and diverse group of their peers, made for an innovative experience that reminds us of the eternal and universal relevance of Torah.