Two Orthodox Jewish pizza parlor owners in New York City have been engaged in a legal battle over fair business practices. The catch is that the legal battle occurs in a rabbinical court rather than a city courthouse.
The second owner opened up a new pizza parlor close to the first's parlor, and the first saw the competition as against rabbinical teachings because it threatened the first's livelihood. The second claimed that the style of pizza was sufficiently different so that there was not direct competition, but the first disagreed. Read the article to find how the rabbinical court ruled.
Again we see how religion can appear in seemingly unexpected places. In this case, it is a religious court that is settling a matter of contention. Religious courts like the rabbinical court provide a non-violent and less-expensive way to peacefully resolve disputes, and city and state courts often respect their rulings.
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That's the title of this fun piece on Bloomberg.com. There is too much to comment on about this article that it is hard to even begin. So I will just make one comment: this article nicely describes the fuzzy boundaries between religion and non-religion.