A few hours ago today, Sunday March 27, I called up Rav Hillel David and protested that nobody knew what Reb Dovid’s Beth Din has ruled. He replied that the Beth Din was created to serve Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky who had asked for it. Other people will not be notified of what the Beth Din paskened. If I want to know what the Beth Din paskened, he said, I must speak to Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky.
I then pointed out that Tamar is with a man not her husband, which is adultery that could easily lead to a child born who is a mamzer. Do the rabbis of the Beth Din not have an obligation to prevent mamzerim being born and women prevented from committing adultery?
As regards the decision of the Beth Din to limit its reach to one person, this is against a clear gemora in Shabbos 54b and 55A, “Whoever has the power to prevent somebody from sinning and does not do it, is punished with the sin he did not prevent.” If the Beth Din with its prominent rabbis could compel Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky to tell Tamar to leave her boyfriend but the Beth Din refuses, the sin of Tamar will go on the Beth Din. If the Beth Din could prevent adultery from Tamar’s part but refuses to do this, the sin of adultery goes on the Beth Din.
I want to mention several things in connection with the above. One, Rav Hillel David was very kind to speak to me as long as I wanted and he answered what he felt was the right answer, although I disagree with it. Two, we do not know the deeper thoughts of Reb Dovid Feinstein. He is dealing with some very difficult people and he may need many weeks to put his efforts into play. Despite this, I feel it is great mitzvah to publicize the ridiculous state of the Torah, where a woman leaves her husband, refuses to work out a GET, and is told that she can remarry without a GET, something that is shown to be a complete lie.
I therefore want to make the following statement: This is the end of respect for Gedolim in America. If Reb Moshe was alive, he would smash the whole swarm with his power. But Reb Dovid does not have this power. He is limited to awaiting RSK’s acceptance of his Beth Din, which undoubtedly required some bending of the sin of RSK lest he just ignore the Beth Din. And if RSK and RNG ignore the Beth Din, many women will feel it is Daas Torah by the opinions of major ninety year old rabbis to leave a husband without a GET. We must therefore complain about the lack of power to stop what must be stopped, but we must respect the reality that it is not so easy to do today what could be done in earlier generations. We don’t have the gedolim anymore.
And if this is the reality, I am calling for a person here and a person there to help me establish a group of old fashioned Jews who want to keep the Shulchan Aruch properly, without adultery, without mamzeruth, and without begging reshoim to please come to our Beth Din if we will behave.
If you are interested in this project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-578-1917. Remember, I am happy to do the difficult work. But I need people here and there who can help me. Please realize that if this tragedy of begging RSK to come to Beth Din is not challenged, that is the end of the Torah in America.