After 8 Years Of Fighting, Warring Bobov Hasidic Factions Settle Half Of Dispute In Beit Din
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
In a special zabloh-style beit din, the two warring Bobov hasidic factions settled their fight Monday over who can – and who cannot – use the Bobov name.
The case had woven in and out of US courts and beit dins for almost a decade.
Eight years ago, the previous Bobov Rebbe passed away. The next day, a fistfight broke out in the main Bobov synagogue in Brooklyn between Bobov factions.
Monday, the beit din decided that Bobov 48 can keep the name Bobov and all the organizational names that go with it.
Bobov 45 (the groups are named after the streets their headquarters are located on) must identify itself as "Bobov 45." If it relocates to a new city or opens a branch there, it must identify itself by the name of that city in this way: "Monsey Bobov" or "London Bobov," but under no circumstances can it use the name Bobov without a modifier.
Bobov 48, now known as Bobov, is headed by a younger son of the previous rebbe.
Bobov 45 is headed by the son-in-law of the Bobov 48 rebbe's older brother.
But what about their fight over money and property?
The monetary issues, including division of property, are expected to be settled by the special 5-judge zabloh beit din by the end of next week.
Here's a bad video of the fight that broke out in Bobov's main Brooklyn synagogue the day after the previous rebbe passed away in 2005: