Cre­ative shun­ning

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Page 6 of this week’s con­tains a quite re­mark­able ad­vert from the Lon­don Beth Din. A man — John Abaya­hou­dayan — is pic­tured with the rec­om­men­da­tion that he be banned both from syn­a­gogues and any as­so­ci­a­tion with his fel­low Jews. It is the ul­ti­mate form of nam­ing and sham­ing, prompted by Mr Abaya­hou­dayan’s 15-year re­fusal to grant his wife a The is­sue of re­mains as po­tent and di­vi­sive as ever. But al­though noth­ing of ha­lachic sub­stance has changed in the Beth Din’s at­ti­tude, it would be wrong not to recog­nise that this is a ma­jor de­par­ture in tac­tics and at­ti­tude to­wards men such as Mr Abaya­hou­dayan. The Chief Rabbi’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing state­ment is equally strong. At the very least, this is a cre­ative re­sponse to an all too preva­lent is­sue.

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