Two rulings issued by the Zablo Beis Din were upheld in a supreme court ruling this past Tuesday, but other claims regarding the control and operation of the Crown Heights Vaad HaKashrus were sent back to the Zablo. Among the issues yet to be resolved by the Zablo are the validity of R. Braun’s Smicha, as well as control of the Vaad Hakashrus, which for the time being will remain under the control of Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba.
Earlier this week, on October 5th, 2013, the honorable judge Karen B. Rothenberg issued a seventeen page ruling on matters and claims pertaining to the Psak that was issued by the Zablo Beis Din, headed by Rabbi Avrohom Boruch Rosenberg.
The primary objective of this court action was an attempt by R. Yosef Braun to take control over the Vaad Hakashrus (CHK) and its finances.
In its decision, the court affirmed the original and subsequent Psak Din from the Rosenberg Zablo Beis Din upholding the election of R. Braun, but stopped short of interpreting and issuing any ruling on matters pertaining to the Psak Din, as doing so “would infringe upon a religious community’s independence from secular control or manipulation.”
An attempt by the Braun camp to circumvent the courts and ‘bypass their obligations to reappear before the Zablo Beis Din’ was struck down by the court. This motion was in the form of a ‘settlement agreement,’ purportedly between all the parties involved in the lawsuit, saying that all issues ‘have been resolved and settled.’ The court struck this motion down since Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba was in no way part of the settlement.
The Braun camp also claimed that Rabbi Osdoba was intentionally not appearing before the Rosenberg Zablo, but the court noted that a letter from Rabbi Rosenberg indicated that all fees due to the Zablo Beis Din had been paid up by Rabbi Osdoba, and that there was no firm date for an appearance before the Zablo Beis Din.
One possible explanation as to why the Braun camp attempted to bypass the Zablo process with their bogus ‘settlement agreement’ is: in an email exchange between the Rabbis of the Zablo, they indicated that they are open and willing to address the claims that R. Braun’s Smicha is forged – an issue that R. Braun is eager to avoid.
CrownHeights.info presents the court ruling and order in its entirety: