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NY State Trooper Fines Monsey Woman For Car Menorah

Ridiculous: A Chabad woman was pulled over by a New York State trooper near Monsey for driving a minivan with a Car Menorah on its roof. The officer fined it for "unauthorized lights." Full Story, Photos

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Hopefully the judge will dismiss it
December 31, 2019 2:13 pm

It’s a time when officers need to work for the community and be more attentive. He might be 100% right but need to be more sensitive.
Hopefully the judge will dismiss it.

The menorah was not bright enough to be illegal
Reply to  Hopefully the judge will dismiss it
December 31, 2019 2:28 pm

Just to clarify, the menorah was NOT illegal. It wasn’t bright enough to be illegal. And who did the police officer tell that he would give a ticket to someone with a tree on their roof? He didn’t tell that to the woman in the car…

The menorah was not bright enough to be illegal
Reply to  The menorah was not bright enough to be illegal
December 31, 2019 2:37 pm

Sorry. He did say about the tree. My bad…

Menorah after Chanukah
December 31, 2019 2:35 pm

I think they should only give a ticket if you still have the menorah up for pesach and Schach up for Chanukah

Moshe M.
December 31, 2019 2:36 pm

Indeed authorized by the Supreme Chief of the world!

state trooper?
December 31, 2019 2:48 pm

I live right next to Merrick drive in Spring Valley. Spring Valley has police officers not State Troopers. If this was a state trooper he was out of his jurisdiction.

Wrong
Reply to  state trooper?
December 31, 2019 4:54 pm

The entire state is their jurisdiction. That’s why they are STATE troopers

Incorrect
Reply to  state trooper?
December 31, 2019 4:56 pm

Do you realize what you just said? He’s a STATE trooper, unless he goes into another state he’s not out of jurisdiction, they can stop anywhere within the STATE. But that’s besides the point here

Nope
Reply to  Incorrect
December 31, 2019 5:06 pm

Not for traffic violations, unless the driver was on a state or county road.

NY resident
Reply to  Nope
January 1, 2020 1:22 am

State troopers can issue traffic tickets anywhere in the state of NY. That’s their job which they are sworn to do. The road has nothing to do with it. If a violation is observed, he or she enforces the law.

Yes...State
Reply to  state trooper?
December 31, 2019 11:02 pm

Out of jurisdiction??? Ummm…”state”

NY resident
Reply to  state trooper?
January 1, 2020 1:21 am

NYS is the jurisdiction for NYS troopers.

Wow they are really quick with the tickets
December 31, 2019 2:56 pm

They seem to be missing the point either intentionally or not

fight the case
December 31, 2019 2:58 pm

I hope she gets herself a good lawyer and fights the case to the end. its high season for anti semitism to stop.

Retired cop
December 31, 2019 3:10 pm

I was once told by a Jewish retired cop that any white light visible from the back is illegal. Not sure if this is true.

she shouldnt let it go
December 31, 2019 3:10 pm

Its another format of attacking the Jewish community

Ticket a tree?
December 31, 2019 3:14 pm

They all transport their trees home on the roof of their cars. I don’t believe he’d actually ticket them.

Calm down
December 31, 2019 3:20 pm

Honestly with the way the tanks drive it’s a miracle they don’t all get pulled over and that the parade can still go on.

definitely antisemitic act
December 31, 2019 3:32 pm

what about all the lights all over the city for xmas? this act should go viral. outside homes and in shops etc.

definitely antisemitic act
December 31, 2019 3:32 pm

What about all the lights in the city for the non jewish holiday?

shaila
December 31, 2019 3:41 pm

Should it have been 1 single ticket for the entire menorah , or perhaps a ticket for every light lit? What do Hilel and Shamai say about that??

Question
December 31, 2019 4:59 pm

It is illegal. Except that the cops in NYC let it go cuz they’re nice.

This isn’t a scandal

How so?
Reply to  Question
December 31, 2019 5:45 pm

People have been putting up car menorahs for over a decade – and I’m talking about Monsey/Spring Valley itself (where the ticket was given). This is the first time I’ve ever heard of someone getting a ticket.

Stop freaking out
December 31, 2019 6:36 pm

You people need to stop making every stupid thing “anti semitic” Jews need to also follow the laws, now you may have arguments regarding this case and about the specifics, but we don’t know it all to judge

Hmm
December 31, 2019 7:45 pm

I’d think he’d more quickly stop her for the menorah being a potential hazard if it fell
Off, same as of a tree was on top, or if one leave excess snow or ice on top of the car.

This is not anti Semitism

Thought about this
December 31, 2019 8:08 pm

As we were driving around this chanuka I’ve been wondering if this ever happens. Sad reality.

perspective
December 31, 2019 10:34 pm

Or. Hashem helping in the mitzva of Pirsumay Nisa. Now even more people – who might not have seen the car or known of it – now know of a menorah, etc. And the cost might be even less than the menorah itself. (I’m not minimizing the cost to the driver – just adding a perspective. Everything is perceived by how you frame it).

Not really consistent
January 1, 2020 5:07 am

First he said the ticket was for unauthorised lights, but then excused his actions saying he would have ticketed someone for carrying a tree on the roof of their car. So is the ticket for the lights? Or the fact that they were on top of her car? Hmmm.

Hmm
January 1, 2020 9:49 am

So why do police escort menorah parades? Is it law or is it an unspoken exception to the law? Or what?
This particular menorah does look a bit unsafe but that doesn’t give the right for a ticket
This definitely has an association with anti semetic for there was never a recorded instance in history (as far as I know) that a car with a menorah was ticketed

Huge menora
January 1, 2020 2:20 pm

From the pics this is fairly huge, much larger than 99% of the car menoras I have seen out there. I think most of us are safe from tickets but not so much if such a large menora flies into your window at highway speed….

careful
Reply to  Huge menora
January 5, 2020 3:54 pm

my husbands menorah flew off and broke the back windsheild

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