Beth Din

Chief hope visiting UK

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

A leading American rabbi who has been mentioned as a possible successor to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is due to visit two London communities this weekend.

Rabbi Dr Michael Broyde will be scholar-in-residence at Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation and will also speak at the Alei Tzion community in Hendon on Sunday.

The rabbi is a professor of law at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia and a dayan o

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We're still looking for love - and we are always optimistic

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

After the confetti settles, the ink on the ketubah has dried and the 19-piece klezmer band has packed up its fiddles, pressures of modern life are driving even the happiest Jewish couples apart, rabbis and lawyers have warned.

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Race to succeed Lord Sacks in 2013 hots up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

The United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, has said that applications to be chief rabbi were still being accepted despite the March 5 deadline specified in an advertisement for the job.

Mr Pack, who is chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, which is responsible for appointing Lord Sacks's successor, said it had received some "outstanding" applications, but added: "We are still expecting a nu

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Chief Rabbi pushed to rule on same-sex marriage

March 22, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been urged to take a stand against government plans to introduce marriage for same-sex couples.

Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, head of the Federation Beth Din, said: "It is his obligation as chief rabbi to speak out."

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A flexible friend aids restaurants

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

Harsh economic conditions and increased competition have made life tougher for kosher restaurants over the past few years.

But owners have at least been able to benefit from the London Beth Din's greater flexibility in supervision policies.

The authority does not insist that all licensees must employ a full-time shomer (supervisor) on the premises.

"It is difficult to generalise regarding

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Why can't my girl be called to the Torah?

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

The father of a forthcoming batmitzvah girl has challenged the United Synagogue to encourage greater religious participation of women by allowing them to be called up to the reading of the Torah.

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Businessman takes Beth Din order to High Court

November 25, 2011

The High Court in London is being asked to enforce the decision of the Beth Din, the court which decides civil or religious issues among Orthodox Jews.

The Beth Din awarded Gateshead businessman Jerry Fried more than £1 million in December 2009, when it ordered company director David Zadok Baumgarten to pay Mr Fried £920,550.43. Mr Fried is also seeking interest of £109,558.11.

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Silence is golden for Beth Din

By Jenni Frazer, July 14, 2011

The curious case of the taxi-driver and the re-assigned debt to the London Beth Din raises all kinds of interesting questions about the nature of religious divorce in Britain.

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Beth Din sells on man's divorce debt

By Robyn Rosen, July 14, 2011

The London Beth Din has backtracked after it re-assigned a debt, owed by a man for a religious divorce certificate, to his ex-wife's new boyfriend.

Melanie Stein was granted a get in 2007, but the Beth Din refused to issue the certificate until a £405 administration fee had been paid in full by her ex-husband, Anton Stein.

Mr Stein, a 52-year-old taxi driver from Ilford, had arranged with t

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'No dog stoned to death in Jerusalem court'

By Jessica Elgot, June 20, 2011

No stray dog was condemned to death, or stoned by a rabbinical court in Jerusalem, the Beth Din have insisted.

Israeli’s newspaper Maariv reported that a stray dog has wandered into a Beth Din financial court in the strictly Orthodox area of Mea Shearim and refused to be moved, which a judge decreed was a reincarnation of a secular lawyer who died 20 years ago.

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