Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld, serves as a “Manhiga Ruchanit” in the community of Efrat after being appointed by the city’s “Mora D’asra” Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin. She has completed “heter hora’ah” in the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership and holds a doctorate in English from the CUNY Graduate Center and has co-authored “Et Le’ehov: The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy.
Now Dr. Rosenfeld has become the first woman in the history of the State of Israel to be appointed to head a religious beis din, once again in Efrat. The new beis din opened recently in the hope of adjudicating machlokes between neighbors as well as inheritance, landlord/tenant and work dispute issues. It is pointed out that while she will head the beis din, for the time being she is not going to serve as one of the dayanim.
The dayanim who will be serving on the Efrat Beis Din are certified by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel as well as having a legal background, some being attorneys. Dr. Rosenfeld explains the beis din will not have the authority to compel one to come in monetary disputes and therefore, both parties will have to agree to permit the beis din to adjudicate a machlokes. Both will have to sign an arbitration agreement before the beis din accepts the matter.
Dr. Rosenfeld explains that if a party does not implement the ruling of the beis din, there is a possibility that a district court will enforce the ruling and hand the case to enforcement authorities.
YWN notes that Chief Rabbi of Efrat Rabbi Shlomo Riskin has previously referred to “J” as a “model Rabbi”, and called him “Rabbi J”. [VIDEO IS BELOW]
Some excerpts of the 5 minute video:
Shalom to all. My name is Shlomo Riskin. I am the Chief rabbi of the City of Efrat…..I am an Orthodox Rabbi…and an Orthodox Rabbi who is very profoundly interested in religion in general, in Christianity, and especially in the persona of Jesus in particular….I was truly fascinated by the personality of Jesus, whom to myself I have always referred to as “Rabbi Jesus”….because I think he is indeed a “model Rabbi” in many counts…and he lived the life of a Jewish Rabbi in Israel in a very critical time in our history…..I have constantly come back to the study of his personality and his teachings which are very strongly rooted in Talmudic teachings…..”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo from twitter)