From present indications, a religious principle and not the ever-increasing number of lawyers, will be the determining factor as to how many Jews will take the next bar examination in New Jersey.
An observant young Jewish law student by the name of Sigmund Epstein, made the discovery that the State Board of Examiners in setting Friday, Oct. 13, as the date for the next qualifying examinations, would make it mandatory for those who like himself, have religious scruples, to violate a holiday, for October 13 happens to be Simchas Torah, or Day of Rejoicing of the Law.
Accordingly, Epstein, aided by several Jewish newspapermen brought the matter to the attention of the board, requesting that the date be changed to October 20. The Board, after hearing the objections took a passive attitude, advising the petitioners to go before a Supreme Court Justice, who, if favorably inclined, could make such a change mandatory.
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