Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s Supreme Beis Din did not have the authorization to adjudicate the case of the Tzfat ‘get’ in which an agunah whose husband was in a vegetative state was released. The Supreme Beis Din however reversed the decision, invalidating the ‘get’.
The Supreme Beis Din was headed by Av Beis Din Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita. After the ruling, the wife, who had moved ahead in her life, appealed to the Supreme Court to challenge the Beis Din’s decision to adjudicate the case.
Justices Chanan Meltzer, Yoram Danziger and Elyakim Rubinstein ruled that Rav Yosef and the beis din lacked authorization to rule on the case which was filed by an uninvolved third party.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)