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Did you get permission to call yourself "Rambam"?
"Moses Maimonides was a scholar, codifier, philosopher, and physician, whereas your reputation, by your own admission, is that of a head-breaker." Lubomyr Prytulak

  27 March 2003
Steven Rombom AKA Rambam
Pallorium, Inc
PO Box 155 Midwood Station
Brooklyn, New York
USA      11230


Steven Rombom AKA Rambam:

I wonder if the following five reasons will not be enough to make you reconsider your borrowing of the surname Rambam:

  1.    From the 25-Mar-2002 clerical summary of your New York trial, it appears that your legal name is Steven Rombom, and that the surname Rambam is only a casual AKA that you use from time to time, as for example in the James R. Dunn coram non judice proceedings in Los Angeles, referred to as Rambam v Prytulak for convenience.  It is hard to imagine any justification for carrying on simultaneous law suits in different jurisdictions, one under your legal name, and the other under your casual AKA.

  2. Moses Maimonides
    "Rambam" is the nickname of revered rabbinic authority, Moses Maimonides (Moses ben Maimon; 1135-1204), and it might be inappropriate to adopt a name sacred within Judaism for purposes of self-promotion.

  3. One might imagine some justification for your adopting the surname "Rambam" if you were a student of Moses Maimonides' work, or if you attempted to model you life after his.  However, Moses Maimonides was a scholar, codifier, philosopher, and physician, whereas your reputation, by your own admission, is that of a head-breaker, and among those who are aware of the reasons for your having served time in federal prison, your reputation is that of a terrorist bomber as recounted by Robert I. Friedman starting about half-way down his 22-Aug-1989 Village Voice article, Oy Vey, Make My Day.

  4. Your casual borrowing of the surname Rambam might seem even more inappropriate if you were not Jewish, a question that you might wish to clarify by disclosing particulars of your Bar Mitzvah, such as its date and place and officiating rabbi; or perhaps disclosing similar particulars of your conversion to Judaism; or presenting whatever other evidence of your Jewishness that you feel might be persuasive.

  5. Perhaps the strongest reason that you should not borrow the surname Rambam is that it enhances your appearance of being Jewish, and thus attracts disrepute to the Jewish people upon occasions of your ostentatious participation in a series of deceptions, hoaxes, frauds, and crimes.

Before continuing your occasional borrowing of the surname Rambam, then, you might do well to satisfy the public of your ethical foundation by publishing answers to the five above objections, and you might do well to seek rabbinical clarification of whether your surname borrowing is condoned by Jewish religion and Jewish sensibility.




Lubomyr Prytulak


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