The High Court of Justice today, Wednesday, ruled in favor of Rabbi Chaim Druckman, the former head of the state run giyur. The court validated the conversions signed by the rav, and overturned the ruling of the Chief Rabbinate Supreme Court headed by Rav Avraham Sherman, who created a storm by posuling the giyur of Rav Druckman.
It was back in 2008 when the Rabbinical Supreme Court ruled that giyur of thousands of converts dating back to 1999 were retroactively posul. Rav Avraham Sherman spearheaded the move to disqualify the state run giyur, and he has been fighting since to disqualify the people classified as Jews by Rav Druckman.
HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita was compelled to intervene, seeking to extinguish the flames of disharmony, ruling that he alone will appoint dayanim to rule on the validity of state giyur, unwilling to accept Rav Sherman’s blanket disqualification.
The high court overruled the rabbinical court, but declined to rule decisively regarding the rabbinical court’s right to overturn or disqualify state approved conversions. The court had harsh words for Rav Sherman and his colleagues, bringing an end to the controversy in the eyes of the state. The case was brought before the High Court by a number of women who were included in the rabbinical court’s ruling, disqualifying them as yidden. This had widespread ramifications for impacted many families who have been practicing shomer Shabbos Jews for many years and branded the women’s children goyim while many were in frum schools their entire lives.
The harshest opinion was heard from Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, a frum judge, who questioned the authority of the rabbinical court in this case, citing it was most likely not a qualified hearing. He blasted the Ashdod Rabbinical Court headed by Sherman, which began the national storm, and expressed his hope that the rabbinical court will in the future refrain from widespread retroactive rulings, explaining such a ruling must only be made on a case-by-case basis.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)