Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Alabama, Tennessee, Vermont remove slavery loopholes from constitutions, Louisiana does not 

Three states have voted to change their state constitutions to remove a loophole allowing slavery as a form of punishment. 

Voters in Vermont, Tennessee and Alabama voted Tuesday to end constitutional clauses that allow slavery or indentured servitude as a form of punishment.

Ratified in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude in America, but it provided leeway for the practice as punishment for individuals convicted of a crime. Several state constitutions still have language allowing involuntary servitude for prisoners.


  1. I think this is an opportunity to fix "the conversion crisis". Find the shiksa you like, take her to a state that still allows for slavery, have her try to rob a liquor store, get her arrested and convicted to slavery, offer to buy her from the state, take her to the mikveh and bam! You're done!

  2. “Alabama, Tennessee, Vermont remove slavery” This week’s parsha Chayye Sarah--Abraham’s slave, Eliezer, talks much. I sent to Arutz Sheva my theory Allow me Torah thought daf hayomi:
    Nedarim 20a
    “(The Gamara cites a ruling about the treatment of one who violates his neder:) Rav Yosef said: Since the Sages stated, We do not become involved with him אין נזקקין לו, if a court (or individual sage) does become involved כי דינה דמזדקקי, it has not acted properly [and must be reprimanded]. Rav Acha bar Yaakov says: We excommunicate [a court] משמתינן.”

    Beautiful. I heard this in my daf hayomi in Bnei Brak today 6am. I speculate that a fellow has enemies who run to a court claiming the fellow violated his neder. So what? If the court takes the case to examine if indeed the fellow sinned violating his neder---Rav Acha bar Yaacov excommunicate such a court. Beautiful. Can I elaborate?


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