End in sight to the Dweck affair?

A panel of senior rabbis is now deliberating how to resolve the controversy over the Sephardi leader

July 13, 2017 11:52

At last, the two-month-old controversy over Rabbi Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S & P Sephardi Community in London, may be drawing to a close.

A couple of weeks ago Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis announced he was taking steps to try to bring the matter to a “suitable conclusion”.

A meeting that is believed to have been held at the Chief Rabbi’s house yesterday suggests the attempt to resolve the crisis is now well under way.

I say “believed” because I have not had confirmation from official sources. But from what a number of people have told me, here is what I gather has happened.

The Chief Rabbi has convened a group of dayanim to review the concerns raised about Rabbi Dweck’s teachings by his critics. The group, I believe, consists of Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, the former head of the London Beth Din, Dayan Menachem Gelley, head of the London Beth Din and Dayan Abraham David, the longest-serving member of the Sephardi Beth Din.

They are not meeting as a Beth Din as such, hence they will issue no formal ruling. They will offer an opinion on what – if anything – needs to be done to move on from this unhappy episode.

The expectation is they will come to a decision sooner than later.

But whatever the outcome, many will hope that it does not lead, one way or another, to the gagging of Rabbi Dweck.


July 13, 2017 11:52

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