Monday, March 1, 2010

Attacks against beis din by Orthodox Jews


It starts with a distant, dull roar along Rabbi Akiva Street in the largely Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv. Gradually the noise grows louder and infiltrates the half-open window of courtroom A. The proceedings lapse into silence, as the dayanim - judges in a religious court - the litigants and everyone else present listen attentively. It's almost 9:30 P.M., and the speaker system on the roof of a rented vehicle is broadcasting a recorded message. When the people in the courtroom are able to make out the words being blasted  through the speakers, they discover that the announcement is not about the funeral of an important rabbi or a pious woman.

At least 100 decibels burst through the half-open window, shaking the courtroom. The voices represent one side in a war  being waged by dayanim in a bid to maintain the exclusive power of the religious courts among the Haredi public. At this late hour, they are urging everyone to attend a demonstration being held that night against Zvi Bialostosky, "who is raising a hand against the Torah of Moses." [...]


  1. Even sheep eventually rebel if you push them hard enough.


    Here is Avi Shafran defending the Agudah against even frum criticism of their handling of the Grossman affair.

    What a pack of am haartzus! His tayna is that we are mechuyev altz Ahavas Yisroel because kal vachomer that if we don't even care about Grossman being killed, we will not be mechunech in day to day Ahavas Yisroel.

    How does this guy who purports to represent Daas Torah repeatedly get away with these public pronouncements that fly in the face of Gemaras and sifrei poskim?


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