By COLlive reporter
A special bais din has confirmed the controversial election of Rabbi Yossi Braun of Sydney as the third member of the Crown Heights Bais Din (Badatz) following months of deliberation.
Monsey Dayan Rabbi Avrohom Rosenberg, who presided over the trial to resolve the gridlock in the community leadership, has released the ruling today (Monday).
“It is clear that Rabbi Yosef Yeshaya Braun Shlita was elected by law and it is the duty of the Vaad Hakohol to end the negotiations in regard to his contract no later than this coming Adar 1,” the ruling Psak stated.
“After the contract is signed – the sooner the better, they should hold a coronation ceremony like they have held for the other elected rabbis.”
The psak added that “the whole public should treat with respect, and the same is with the other rabbis in the community to cooperate with him.”
Rabbi Rosenberg has dismissed concerns over what Smicha rabbinic ordination and experience Braun has in halacha.
While Boro Park Rabbi Gavriel Tzinner has said that the undated document he gave Braun was merely a recommendation, Rosenberg said that he decided to recognize it as smicha nevertheless.
Questions still remain as to which are the other two Smicha documents that Rabbi Braun says he has, and why are they not being make public.
Sources pointed out to COLlive that Rosenberg was the only rabbi of the 5 members of the special Din Torah that signed the ruling.
Rabbi Moshe Havlin of Kiryat Gat and Rabbi Binyomin Kuperman of Ramat Gan (who are seen as opposed to Braun) and Rabbi Yosef Hecht of Eilat and Rabbi Baruch Yurkowitz of Lod (who are said to be pro Braun) were not available for comment at this hour.