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  • Description

    According to Jewish law, disputes among Jews should be mediated through a Beit Din (house of law), a specific rabbinical forum designed for this purpose. This CLE course, presented by an expert in Jewish law, will explain the complexities involved in selecting an appropriate forum. The course also includes a presentation by the director of the Beth Din of America, the New York rabbinical court, who will review the court process used in a Beit Din and use actual case law to explain how cases are heard and how determinations are made in such courts.

  • Instructor Bio

    Shlomo Weissmann

    Rabbi Weissmann received rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 2001 and advanced rabbinical ordination (Yadin Yadin) in 2014. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to his association with the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several prominent law firms, including Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

    Mordechai Willig

    Rabbi Willig, a rosh yeshiva (professor of Talmud) at the university’s Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies since 1973, and s’gan rosh kollel L’Horaah Yadin Yadin (assistant head of the post-graduate institute) since 1987, is one of the world’s leading authorities on issues pertaining to the agunah, a Jewish woman who cannot obtain a religious divorce because of a recalcitrant husband. Rabbi Willig received a bachelor’s degree in math in 1968 and a master’s degree in Jewish history in 1971. That year he also received semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from RIETS. Rabbi Willig is spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Riverdale.