European Rabbinical Conference Opposes Setup of Dubious
Beis Din in Germany
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
"We have heard repeated rumors that certain rabbonim
intend to set up another beis din in Germany," reads a
letter recently sent by European Rabbinical Conference heads,
"a move that would undoubtedly undermine the authority of the
beis din the European Rabbinical Conference set up in
5759 and would be liable to bring religious conditions in
Germany back to a state of chaos, for every individual would
be free to come forward and claim authority. Therefore we
consulted with the gedolei haposkim, and with his
consent decided that any rabbi who is a Conference member
would jeopardize his standing if he undertakes any action
toward the setup of another beis din in Germany
without written consent from the Conference President, the
Chief Rabbi of France, Rav Yosef Sitruk, shlita, and
that the Conference would not recognize any act made by a
beis din in Germany or any other location in
Continental Europe performed by an unauthorized beis
Several days ago the Conference rabbonim met with Maran HaRav
Eliashiv to discuss issues concerning European Jewry.
According to a harsh letter sent to all of the rabbis of
Europe, "In order to uphold the [Jewish] religion and to halt
the hefkeirus prevailing in the state of Germany the
European Rabbinical Conference set up a beis din in Germany
in 5759 for gittin, geirus, verifying Jewish
status and Choshen Mishpot [i.e. monetary matters].
Heading the beis din are London Av Beis Din Rav C.
Ehrentrau and Paris Av Beis Din Rav N. Rebibo."
Signed by Rav Sitruk, Rav Ehrentrau and Conference Director-
General Rav Moshe Rose, the letter expresses confidence that
"European Rabbinical Conference members will not lend a hand
to any plan not aimed at strengthening the beis din
set up by the Conference."