After the Florida sentencing, Mr. Abramoff's lawyers, Neal R. Sonnett and Abbe B. Lowell, said they would ask the authorities to place their client in a low-security prison with special facilities for observant Jews.
Exactly what does he claim to be "observant" of? It couldn't possibly be any of:
- Exodus 20:12 (the last two clauses; I'm not making any claims about the first two)
- Exodus 20:13
- Exodus 22:20
- Exodus 23:1
- Exodus 23:6
- Exodus 23:7
- Exodus 23:8
- Exodus 23:9
- Leviticus 19:11
- Leviticus 19:13
- Leviticus 19:14
- Leviticus 19:33
- Leviticus 25:14 (ona'at mamon)
- Leviticus 25:17 (ona'at devarim)
- Deuteronomy 24:14
- Deuteronomy 24:15
- Deuteronomy 24:17
But again, adherence to any interpretation of Torah can't be what he means by "observant Jew". He means that he wants shrink-wrapped kosher prison meals (many steps down from the food at Signatures, but probably a step up from the standard prison food). But this alone does not constitute an "observant Jew".
Abramoff's actions over the past decade are a desecration of Torah, and any individual or community who claims him as an "observant Jew" or a "religious Jew" is an accomplice in that desecration.