Will the assault against the authority of the rabbis ever end? This makes my heart sad.
A friend and colleague has just been the victim of identity theft. I would appreciate any leads on how to address his problem – not just because he is my friend, but because this is most likely an assault on the Beis Din process.
My friend is a dayan, and like other dayanim, has his share of people who have not liked his decisions. A short while ago, someone set up a Yahoo email account which bore his name, and widely broadcast a message as if from him. It declared that the beis din of which he is a member has been hit by multiple civil suits. As a result, he has resigned from that beis din, and will no longer answer halachic inquiries.
The damage from this email could be extensive, and should not be seen as a prank. If allowed to go unchallenged, it will likely be copied by others who are disgruntled with their din Torah – or their rabbi.