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  1. In 1935, to verify whether Coca-Cola was kosher, Rabbi Tobias Geffen was provided with its formula on the condition that he not disclose it. The Rabbi requested that the non-kosher beef tallow be substituted with a vegetable-based gylcerin, which was done, and the drink was declared kosher.

  2. After a neo-Nazi group adopted a half-mile stretch of highway in Missouri, the state renamed it the "Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway"

  3. A KKK Grand Dragon, confined to a wheelchair, had been threatening a local rabbi. The rabbi responded by offering the man compassion, friendship, and transportation around town. They became friends and the Grand Dragon eventually quit the KKK and converted to Judaism.

  4. Einstein named Spinoza as the thinker most influential on his world view. When asked by a Rabbi if he believed in God, he replied "I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings."

  5. Seth MacFarlane once had to show an early episode of Family Guy to a pair of Rabbis because Fox execs thought it was anti-Semitic. Despite the Rabbi's approval, it wasn't broadcast for 3 years after it was completed.

  6. When David Levy was born in Morocco with the rare congenital condition of aposthia- having no foreskin- the local rabbis prophesied he’d be the leader of the Jewish people. He ended up serving three terms as deputy prime minister of Israel.

  7. Many Rabbis and historians now believe Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred.

  8. Rabbis make approximately $140k a year with a tax exempt housing allowance

  9. Over the past decade, at least two newborns have died after contracting herpes following an ancient circumcision ritual called 'metzitzah b’peh' in which the rabbi draws blood from the penis with his mouth.

  10. In order to convince CBS to allow Lucille Ball to be shown pregnant on "I Love Lucy," Desi Arnaz consulted a priest, a rabbi and a minister, all of whom said it was fine. CBS relented, but still prohibited "pregnant" words, so Arnaz pronounced "expecting" as "spectin" in his Cuban accent.

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Turkey was planning a TV show where a rabbi, a Buddhist monk, an Orthodox priest, and an imam attempt to convert 10 atheists each week, with any converts offered a free pilgrimage to one of the four holy sites. The Diyanet denied permission for an imam to appear and the program was cancelled.

During Prohibition, federal agents Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith disguised themselves as grave-diggers, football players, Russian women, rabbis, judges, and plumbers (among many others). Together, they seized more than 5 million bottles of illicit booze and made 4,932 arrests.

In 2008 a neo-Nazi group adopted a stretch of Missouri highway; much to the chagrin of state officials who couldn't afford a lengthy legal battle. Instead, they renamed the highway after Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who fled the Nazis and became a prominent theologian and civil rights advocate

Infertility specialists in Israel have encountered orthodox Jewish couples seeking treatment after years of trying to conceive. The women were determined to still be virgins after their rabbis advised them during marriage counseling to "sleep together" with no further instructions.

When it was suggested that Lucille Ball's pregnancy be written into the show "I Love Lucy," the episodes that were written had to be approved by a priest, a minister, and a rabbi in order for the executives to allow for the episodes to be produced.

There was a short-lived 1977 buddy cop TV series about a small town Irish cop who fights crime with the help of his best friend the local rabbi using his "rabbinic mind" and Talmudic training.

About the Rabbi Mendel Epstein, who headed a kidnapping ring in New Jersey. His clients paid him specifically to capture and torture Orthodox Jewish husbands, forcing them to grant their wives a religious divorce or 'Get'. After an FBI sting he was sentenced to 10 years in 2015.

A religious debate between a friar and a rabbi was held in 1263 before the king of Aragon, who ultimately awarded the rabbi 300 gold coins, saying he had never heard “an unjust cause so nobly defended.”

In 2012, after a neo-Nazi group adopted a stretch of highway in Springfield, MO, the city renamed the highway after a local rabbi.

According to many Rabbis crossing a picket lines to buy food makes that food not kosher

In 1991 a Rabbis in Bnei Brak, Israel, banned hot pizza in fast food restaurants because they feared that boys and girls would end up looking at and/or possibly touching each other while waiting for their pizza to cook. Cold pizza remained legal.

A Chassidic rabbi who does not have a beard. A victim of Mengele's experiments, he can no longer grow facial hair and is sterile.

During the First World War, he lived with his grandfather. His grandfather was the rabbi of the synagogue of Versailles.

In 2013 a Hasidic Rabbi was arrested for running a gang that kidnapped, beat, and electrocuted Jewish men who refused to give their wives a 'get' - a ritualistic divorce document that allows a woman to remarry within the confines of Jewish law.

In 2014, an art student wrote a Nazi phrase across a bridge on the Vanderbilt campus. The Rabbi on campus refused to condemn the act, calling it a "crime of ignorance," rather than a crime of hate.

Jews used to be able to eat chicken parm. Because chickens do not produce milk, they were considered a different category of food from milk producing animals likes cows and goats. Thus, you could mix chicken and dairy. Rabbis later expanded the rule to include chicken.

If a Haredi Orthodox Jewish wife is not sure if her period has begun, she can put her underwear in a baggie and have her husband take it to a rabbi, who will decide.

Even though the Jewish calendar indicates this is the year 5779 it was only started in the year 200 CE by rabbis who estimated time began in the year 3761 BCE when Adam left the Garden of Eden

Israel Zolli, Chief Rabbi of Rome during WWII, was so grateful for and impressed with Pope Pius XII's efforts to save Jews from the Holocaust that he converted to Catholicism and took the name Eugenio after the Pope's birth name.

That, during the production of American History X, director Tony Kaye brought a Catholic Priest, a Rabbi, and a Tibetan Monk into a meeting with New Line Cinema President Michael De Luca, in an attempt to "ease negotiations"

During Prohibition, alcohol was legal for religious purposes; there was a sudden spike in people calling themselves Rabbis, including those with names like O'Donnel and McMartin

Between 1985 and 2006 there was a rabbi that called himself "Flumie" and "Flume Dog" that would travel to every Six Flags theme park just to ride their Log Flumes. He has since been banned from all Six Flags parks.

According to the Talmud, there is a part of hell reserved for Jews who commit certain sins where they are boiled in excrement. The Talmud says Jesus was boiled in excrement in the afterlife for scoffing at the teachings of the wise Jewish sages (i.e. ancient rabbis)

Baruch Spinoza is still excommunicated from the Jewish community in Amsterdam. When the chief rabbi was asked to rescind it in 2012 he replied, "preposterous ideas, where he was tearing apart the very fundamentals of our religion"

The keystone of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was blessed by both a priest and a rabbi before it was installed