The Journal of the Beth Din of America
The Journal of the Beth Din of America is a periodical that contains articles on Jewish jurisprudence and beit din practice, with a particular emphasis on the policies and practices of the Beth Din of America. Each issue of the Journal includes anonymized versions of actual din torah (arbitration) decisions issued by the Beth Din of America.
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Rabbi Gedalia Dov
Schwartz, zt”l Av Beth DinRabbi Schwartz, a leading authority in Jewish law, was the rabbi of the Young Israel of Boro Park for 18 years, and previously held pulpits in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has served as Av Beth Din of the Beth Din of America since 1991. He is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles in the area of Jewish law. He is also the Rosh Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council.
Willig Segan Av Beth DinRabbi Willig is the Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Professor of Talmud and Contemporary Halachah and the Segan Rosh Kollel of the Kollel L’Horaah Yadin Yadin at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), an affiliate of Yeshiva University. Since 1974, he has been the rabbi at the Young Israel of Riverdale in Riverdale, New York. Rabbi Willig is an authority in Jewish law, with particular expertise in Jewish divorce and beth din matters.
Reiss Chaver Beth DinRabbi Reiss is the Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, a Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, and Chaver Beth Din at the Beth Din of America. A Yadin Yadin musmach of RIETS and an attorney who was an associate for six years at the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Rabbi Reiss is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He was previously the Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS, and before that he served as Director of the Beth Din of America. Rabbi Reiss is a member of the editorial board of Tradition, and has published articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Law Journal.
Weissmann Menahel (Director)Rabbi Weissmann received rabbinical ordination from RIETS in 2001. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to his association with the Beth Din of America, Rabbi Weissmann worked as an attorney at several prominent law firms, most recently Kelly Drye and Warren LLP.
Zylberman Gittin CoordinatorRabbi Zylberman oversees the halachic aspects of gittin administered at the Beth Din. Rabbi Zylberman is a Yadin Yadin musmach of RIETS and a graduate of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kolel Elyon. He also serves on the academic faculty of RIETS and has published articles in numerous rabbinic journals.