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The hareidi organization Eida Hareidit has publicly rebuffed an inquiry by the Supreme Court, Reshet Bet reports. The group has issued a statement declaring the Supreme Court unfit to judge in an ongoing case involving courts of Jewish law (batei din).

Courts of civil law have no authority to intervene in matters of Torah law, argued the statement, which was issued by the Eida Hareidit together with Rabbi Shmuel Vozner.


The Supreme Court is hearing a case involving kitvei siruv – statements issued by a rabbinic court denouncing those who ignore its summons. Those publicly condemned for having ignored a rabbinic court summons can face ostracism.

A resident from Elad appealed to the Supreme Court after a court of Jewish law (beit din) in her hometown issued a siruv notice against her after she refused to bring a dispute to it, preferring a local civil court.

Supreme Court justice Salim Joubran accused the beit din of having overstepped its bounds. “A Rabbinic court has no authority to make decisions regarding a case that has been brought to a civil court. Can the rabbinic court be allowed to punish someone for going to a civil court?” he demanded.

The Eida Hareidit urged judges in rabbinic courts to ignore the Supreme Court’s criticism, and to continue issuing kitvei siruv as they see fit. Judges of Jewish law must not fear secular authorities, it declared.

The group reiterated criticism of those who turn to civil courts rather than religious courts. Jews must avoid courts that do not judge by Jewish law, it argued.



  1. Beit Din law is best applied to issues involving contested ownership of a tallis

    Anything more substantive – other than purely religious issues – belongs in whichever court the litigants feel comfortable with. And if litigants can't agree – Dina d'malchuta dina – go to civil court and thank God that courts in Israel won't discriminate against you because you're a Jew

  2. "Can the rabbinic court be allowed to punish someone for going to a civil court?” he demanded."
    Can a civil court issue opinions not based in current law regarding anything? Where's the Israeli law that says a religion in Israel can't punish its members for breaking its members' laws?
    It's comical that the High Court, representative of 1/2 of 1% of the population, hypocritically states the bais din is overstepping, while it wants a Bais Din to act against thousands of years of Jewish jurisprudence on the High Court's whim.

  3. Ch Hoffman Israel is one of around 65 democracies whose high court elects its own members. I think that Batai din are appointed by the consensus of their followers. The later are controlled by 3,326 years of Jewish jurisprudence as codified in shulchan aruch, on which basis contemporary opinion is based. Israel's High Court is based on whatever is the direction of the politically correct wind is blowing as understood by its highly unrepresentative members.

  4. Ch Hoffman you can continue your life somewhere on the planet to enjoy the "benefits" of serving other gods, but you have to unterstand, that the time of the nations is very very sort. On top of that, Eretz belogs to G-d, and the democratic joke of the hellenists is a toevah. As for the use of the Iran, as example , is very banal.

  5. I think that the woman involved in this should move to another location and change her name. I would be very scared of these people if I were her. Who knows what they are capable of doing.

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