By COLlive reporter Photo: www.chpicturesblog.com
One of the two members of the Crown Heights Bais Din (Badatz) notified he will not be attending the inauguration ceremony of his newly elected third collegue set for Sunday.
Senior Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba, who in the September election backed Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky, told COLlive.com on Friday that he’s boycotting the “hachtara” of Rabbi Yossi Braun and called on residents to do the same.
The reason he gave were questions about the new rov’s smicha credentials and experience in practical halacha.
“The whole thing is false,” he stated in a phone interview.
He challenged the ruling this week by Monsey Rabbi Avrohom Rosenberg, who headed the special “Zabla Bais Din” whose task was to restore order in the leadership of the Chassidic community.
“Rabbi Rosenberg signed (the psak) himself without the other 4 members of the Bais Din or at least most of them,” he pointed out. “It is not according to halacha. Something is wrong here if he signed alone.”
Rabbi Osdoba said he has sent Rabbi Rosenberg, an experienced dayan, some “3 to 4 letters” and none were answered.
At the core of his claims – joined by 3 other community figures this week – was the fact that Rabbi Braun “did not produce a real smicha document, has no simush and never sat on a Din Torah,” he said.
He admitted he did not know Rabbi Braun personally, and stated: “I have no grudge against him, but I can’t trust him. How can I deal with such a person? Either you have semicha or you don’t. Why is he playing games and what does he have to hide?”
COLlive: Didn’t the people elect him?
“People didn’t know who they were voting for. And I hope the people of the community wake up and send letters of protest to Rabbi Rosenberg,” he answered.
COLlive: Vaad Hakohol Chairman Zaki Tamir said he spoke to you.
“He and myself are being pushed by a group of people with an agenda. They have no problem speaking against rabbonim in court and they want to keep the 770 shul looking like a circus.”
Rabbi Osdoba refused to mention names but said “we all know who they are.”
COLlive: Isn’t the idea of a Zabla Bais Din that all sides agree to the outcome?
“I agreed to it on the basis that any psak will be explained what it was based on. This (psak) has no basis in halacha and even contradicts halacha. Rabbi Rosenberg didn’t bother to answer me – hichan dantuni. If you read (the psak) you’ll see how ridiculous it is.”
Rabbi Yaakov Schwei, who backed Rabbi Braun in the election, said he will be attending the Sunday event set to take place at the main shul of 770 Eastern Parkway. Invitations for the event were hung up all around Crown Heights before Shabbos.
Zaki Tamir, Chairman of Vaad Hakohol, wrote Motzoei Shabbos on his blog that Rabbi Rosenberg “intends to attend the hachtorah, but will not be able to confirm with any certainty until tomorrow morning.”
In response to the news about Rabbi Osdoba not attending, he wrote: “I’m hoping that he might be persuaded to attend in spite of his personal objections to the psak.”