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London Court Rules Divorce Granted by Rabbis is Valid

A British divorce court yesterday ruled that a divorce granted by the Beth Din-Jewish religious court in England was valid under English law.

The decision validated a bill of divorcement granted by the Beth Din to Mrs. Hannab Bar-Shefi, a resident of London. The plaintiff had married Elchanan Bar-Shefi, an Israeli citizen, in Israel. The British court held that since Israeli law gave exclusive jurisdiction in divorce cases to a religious court, the British courts would have to recognize decrees granted by such courts.