Rabbi Abe Finkelstein outwits Gentile Pastor James Wickstrom
The case stems from a dispute about compensation for an interview between Wickstrom and Finkelstein. Pastor Wickstrom asserted that Finkelstein promised to pay for half of the expenses involved in arranging the bellicose interview, the rights to which were to be mutually shared by both parties. However, Rabbi Finkelstein averred that this promise was legally unenforceable for three reasons: (1) The promise was oral rather than written; (2) Alternately, the promise was written but had been orally revoked prior to Wickstrom's acceptance; or (3) That Finkelstein lacked the requisite intent to enter into a contract, either verbal or written, due to an antecedent repudiation of any intent to make a promise.
An impartial arbitrator in this case, Jacob Katz, ruled in Finkelstein's favor. "Prior to entering into the contract with Wickstrom," Katz told PRIR correspondents, "Abe had taken his Kol Nidre oath, which nullifies any subsequent written contract with Wickstrom."
When asked about the arbitrator's decision, an angry Wickstrom told reporters, "This is absolutely ridiculous! I have the contract right here in my hands, signed by him! Somehow this contract is no good just because that Jew crossed his fingers behind his back!"
But Rabbi Finkelstein was jubilant. "Oy Vey," said Finkelstein. "I feel so relieved now that justice has been done in this case. Katz is a very wise...very impartial arbitrator."
The Jewish Kol Nidre oath, which Finkelstein purports to have taken prior to entering into a contract with Wickstrom, holds in pertinent part:
All vows...oaths...or equivalent terms that we may vow, swear, consecrate, or prohibit upon ourselves...we regret them henceforth. They will be...abandoned, cancelled, null and void, without power and without standing. Our vows shall not be valid vows; our prohibitions shall not be valid prohibitions; and our oaths shall not be valid oaths.
Readers of the CohenReport may download and listen to the full interview (an mp.3 file) between Pastor James Wickstrom and Rabbi Abe Finkelstein HERE.
The arbitrator's decision in this case was a small victory for jews in the global fight against anti-semitism, terrorism and intolerance. Moshe!
Congradulations, Abe. And happy Chanuka!