British Turn to ‘beth Din’ As Problem Aid

The Jewish way of dealing with unhappily married couples, is the best, officials of the British Home Office who completed a study of matrimonial problems, announced today.

The report made by the Home office group recommended that Great Britain adopt the Jewish method of setting up a Beth Din, or arbitration court, to settle home disputes instead of bringing the cases into courts.

Each Jewish community customarily has a private arbitration court made up of local Jewish notables and members of the rabbinate to whom cases involving matrimonial and other problems are submitted. In these courts every effort is made to solve the problem offered without recourse to the regular courts. Efforts are also made to reconcile the couples before a divorce is considered.

English legal authorities and judges are convinced that half the annual 20,000 separations could be obviated if the cases are handled by an arbitration tribunal such as the London Jewish Beth Din instead of the regular courts.

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