Friday, September 02, 2011

Bnei Brak Man Refuses Summons to Beit Din and Dies

**UPDATED** - SEE BELOW

Devarim Rabba on Shofetim:
ד"א ר' אליעזר אומר במקום שיש דין אין דין ובמקום שאין דין יש דין ומהו כן אלא אמר ר"א אם נעשה הדין למטה אין הדין נעשה למעלה ואם לא נעשה הדין למטה הדין נעשה למעלה:
Another explanation: Ribbi Eliezer said: In a place where there's judgement, there is no judgement, and in a place where there's no judgement, there's judgement. And what does this mean? Rather, Ribbi Eliezer said: If judgement is enacted down here on earth, no judgement is necessary to be enacted up above in Heaven, but if judgement is not enacted down here on earth, judgement is enacted in Heaven.

Kikar reports that a man who was summoned to a Beit Din, refused summons repeatedly. Finally, Rav Wosner Shlit"a told the other litigant, "Don't worry. If he refuses judgement down here on earth, there is judgement up above."

A few days later, the store-owner who refused the summons got a heart attack and died.

Rav Shteinman Shlit"a, after verifying the story with Rav Wosner, was moved by the story. He noted that it reminded him of a story with R' Akiva Eiger, who repeatedly tried getting a man to divorce his wife, without success. R' Akiva Eiger finally told him that there are 2 ways that a marriage can be dissolved - either through a get or the death of the husband. If you don't choose the former, the latter will be chosen for you. The husband still refused, and immediately upon leaving the Beit Din, he died.

A similar story to this last story happened with Rav Gedalia Dov Schwartz Shlit"a (the Av Beit Din of the cRc and of the RCA) in Chicago a number of years ago.

Update This story has been verified false, per Kikar, says Rafi G.

3 Comments:

At Fri Sep 02, 11:52:00 AM 2011, Anonymous S. said...

The rosh yeshiva of a very famous American yeshiva has ignored a hazmana for 27 years. Nothing so far.

 
At Fri Sep 02, 12:03:00 PM 2011, Blogger yaak said...

Well, if you want him dead so badly, the plaintiff needs Rav Wosner to make a statement then!

 
At Thu Sep 08, 11:35:00 AM 2011, Blogger yaak said...

This story has been verified false, per Kikar, says Rafi G.

 

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