Widow To Get Torahs Back

Background on this dispute.

Jeff emails: Luke:
Last April, you blogged about the Mishan Israel/Pauker fight over the Torahs.
Just as an FYI, the RCC Bet Din heard the case again and issued a second ruling in Pauker’s favor, demanding the return to the widow, of the Torahs, within 10 days.
From here, there are only a few options:
1. Ohana gives the Torahs back.
2. He doesnt give them back, in which case:
a) Pauker has to go the Judge Sininian (again), to have the “P’sak Din” converted into a civil Judgment and have the Sheriffs seize them;
b) Ohana has to go to Judge Sininian to have the P’sak Din thrown out (again).

Another email: VICTORY: THE RABBINIC COURT (BAIS DIN) OF THE RABBINICAL COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA HAS RULED A 2ND TIME – TO AWARD THE 4 TORAHS TO RITA PAUKER; ISSUING IT’S OPINION ON THE EVE OF THE JEWISH HOLIDAY OF SHAVUOUS CELEBRATING GOD’S GIVING OF THE TORAH TO THE JEWS ON MOUNT SINAI.

Rabbi Sholom Tendler: ‘As the duly appointed Rabbinic Arbitrator representing the Rabbinical Council of California in the case of Rita Pauker. Petitioner, VS. Beth Midrash Mishkan Israel, Respondent, I rule that the four Torah Scrolls in question are the property of the non-profit Valley Mishkan Israel Congregation of which Rita Pauker is the Agent. Therefore. the four Torah Scrolls should be returned to Ms. Pauker within 10 days of this ruling. These Torah Scrolls may not be sold for any reason other than to purchase another Torah Scroll, in accordance with Jewish Law. I urge Ms. Pauker to seek guidance of the Rabbinical Council of California regarding the proper halachic usage of these holy scrolls.’

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