12:40PM IL: Av Beis Din Rav Avraham Dov Levine announced on Tuesday morning that the arbitration agreement signed with Yoav Lalum is null and void, explaining that the rabbonim shlita unfortunately fell prey to Yoav Lalum, and they are now aware the beis din was manipulated by him to advance his agenda and to satisfy his needs regarding the media.
On Sunday, YWN-ISRAEL reported that Lalum signed an arbitration agreement with the Yerushalayim Beis Din, giving the beis din total authority to adjudicate matters. Lalum’s responsibilities included withdrawing all High Court petitions within three hours of signing the document. On Monday at 11:00am, the beis din came to the realization that Lalum has no intentions of doing any such thing, but he abused the beis din by taking cynical advantage of it, using the arbitration agreement to feed the media.
According to R’ Yossi Deutsch, Lalum is simply a “liar and he cannot be trusted”. Deutsch explains that Lalum is a family man and has to support his children, questioning why no one seems to ponder just where he receives the funding to continue living and filing High Court petitions, not to mention the funds required for the attorneys and courtroom proceedings.
The Emanuel parents explain Deutsch received funding from Gedolei Yisrael Shlita, but Lalum, “despite his denials, receives funds from non-kosher sources, including the New Israel Fund”.
The beis din today (Monday, June 21, 2010) released a sharply-worded letter condemning Lalum, canceling a planned session of the rabbinical court set for today. Deutsch told Kol Chareidi that “Lalum simply has no regard for halacha or for the rabbonim. The beis din now understands that Lalum is not a man of his word, and he manipulated the beis din to advance his agenda”.
Deutsch clarified that it should be realized that Slonimer Chassidus did not sign the arbitration, at least not an official representative of the chassidus, but it was signed by others including a fund connected to the Emanuel parents. He stresses that the Emanuel parents also did not sign the arbitration agreement as Lalum reports.
In its statement released today, the beis din also clarifies that any and all statements released by Lalum directly or indirectly that the beis din supports the High Court of Justice decisions regarding Emanuel in anyway are simply an outright lie, and the beis din states emphatically that only the Rabbonim Shlita has the authority to make decisions pertaining to the chinuch of the children.
Speaking to Israel Radio following the beis din’s announcement, Lalum stated the following:
I did not violate any agreement. We (Noar K’halacha) agreed that we would sign along with the Emanuel parents. Yesterday, a man presenting himself as a legitimate representative of the parents said he would sign, but I have learned since that none of the Emanuel parents have signed as promised. A rabbinical advocate by the name Yossi Laufer signed the arbitration agreement, but without the signatures of the parents the proceedings of the beis din have no legal authority.
I remain in contact with the beis din. In addition, Moreinu Rav Yaakov Yosef Shlita has just written and sent a letter to the beis din. We remain in contact with the beis din. There are ‘elements’ who are not telling the beis din the truth.
ISRAEL RADIO: What about threats? We understand that both you and Rav Yosef have been receiving threats over recent days.
LALUM: Maran Rav Yaakov Yosef has been and continues to be our posek and we will continue adhering to his words. The threats continue as usually and G-d willing we will be okay.
ISRAEL RADIO: Are you afraid?
LALUM: To say no would be a lie but G-d willing things will be okay. There is another small problem here and please understand, it is the parents who are refusing to sign. Without their signatures the entire process with the beis din lacks any binding legal value.
ISRAEL RADIO: It appears we reached an impasse.
LALUM: We are searching for a solution but there are those who simply continuing to sabotage the process and have attempted every political trick possible during the entire process.
ISRAEL RADIO: The beis din rejects any and all statements released by Lalum seeking to intimate that the decisions of the High Court of Justice are in any way in line with Torah Law and this is not so. The secular court’s rulings are in no way in line with daas Torah. (Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)