This piece was first published as “NY teen’s viral fight for justice” in The Times of Israel.
Jack Cahn’s Jewish education has come in handy at his big, public New York City high school.
“The Talmud and Jewish culture have taught me to not take things at face value, to question things, and to challenge authority,” he says.
At the moment, he’s questioning the decision by the board of elections atStuyvesant High School to disqualify his recent election to the presidency of the school’s student union. Although Cahn won a 57 percent to 43 percent victory over his opponent, his opponent was declared the winner.
The school year may have come to a close, but this race isn’t over for Cahn, who is not taking his disqualification lying down. Stuyvesant would be well advised to hunker down for a protracted battle, because it’s not dealing with your usual 17-year-old.
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