Israel police have reportedly recommended that four senior state rabbinic court judges, Dov Domb, Avidan Yitzhak Halevy, Yitzhak Almaliah and Zvi Ben Yaakov, be prosecuted for tricking a developmentally disabled woman into divorcing her developmentally disabled husband, and a 3 million shekel civil suit has been filed against the four, as well.
Rabbis Who Tricked Developmentally Disabled Couple Into Divorcing Sued As Police Recommend Indictments
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israel police have reportedly recommended that four senior state rabbinic court judges, Dov Domb, Avidan Yitzhak Halevy, Yitzhak Almaliah and Zvi Ben Yaakov, be prosecuted for tricking a developmentally disabled woman into divorcing her developmentally disabled husband, and a 3 million shekel civil suit has been filed against the four, as well, Yeshiva World reported.
In 2007, Domb orchestrated the fake divorce with the help of his brother-in-law, who gave Domb a blank paper allegedly signed by the developmentally disabled husband but really signed by the brother-in-law.
From that, Domb opened a divorce case in the Tel Aviv State Rabbinical Court where he is chief rabbinic judge.
Then Domb’s brother-in-law brought the couple to the Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court that very same day, allegedly claiming they were going to sign application forms for public housing. Instead, acting with unprecedented speed, Domb’s state religious court issued the fake divorce on the spot.
The state’s judicial ombudsman investigated the case in response to a complaint from the Na'amat women's organization. The ombudsman found against Domb and
also found that the other three rabbinic judges signed off on the divorce decree "without taking any of the steps necessitated by a proceeding of this type and the nature of the litigants," as a favor to Domb.
The developmentally disabled couple was told by Domb and his fellow rabbinic judges that to become eligible for the public housing they would have to live apart for three days. But their families prevented them from reuniting and they have lived unhappily apart ever since.
Former Sefardi haredi Chief Rabbi of Israel Shlomo Amar was supposed to rule on the validity of get (religious divorce) in his capacity as head of the state religious court system but never did so – foot-dragging that Amar frequently used in cases where a ruling would expose his colleagues to legal jeopardy or the rabbinate to shame.
Last week police announced its investigation in Domb and another head of a state rabbinic court, Rabbi Moshe Ohana of the Petach Tikvah state rabbinical court over their alleged perversion of justice, disqualifying of valid witnesses, corruption and breach of public trust in the handling of divorce cases was completed.
Police recommended Domb and Ohana be prosecuted.
Update 2:12 pm CDT – Arutz Sheva reports that Domb has resigned from his post.