Did Ya Hear the One About the Hagbah Who Sued the Gabbai?

This just in: a Tennessee man is suing his church for $2.5 million, claiming that someone should have been there to catch him when he fell backwards in religious ecstasy:

(Matthew) Lincoln alleges that Lakewind (Church) and its pastors were “negligent in not supervising the catchers to be sure that they stood behind the person being prayed for…should they have a dizzying, fainting, or falling in the spirit as had occurred on many occasions before.”

I’m thinking there’s a fascinating dissertation to be written about the connection between fervently religious and American litigious…

2 Replies to “Did Ya Hear the One About the Hagbah Who Sued the Gabbai?”

  1. I’m thinking that my rabbi thinks a lot about writing a dissertation, and I’m waiting to hear that he has begun.

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