The Israeli Supreme Court backed the a ruling of a Yerushalayim beis din which obligated a grandfather to give his daughter-in-law 2,000 shekels in child support monthly for her three children. This was after her husband was ordered to give her a get and child support, but fled to Uman in Ukraine and left her an agunah. The Supreme Court also restrained the grandfather from leaving the country.
“This court does not act as a court of appeals against the decisions of a rabbinical beis din,” the Supreme Court explained. “Involvement in the decisions of religious botei din occurs only in extreme cases where irregularity is proven through documents or when the rules of natural justice have been breached.”
As to the grandfather’s claim that forcing him to pay alimony amounted to punishing a father for his son’s sins, the Supreme Court responded that the beis din’s main intent was for the grandfather to provide support for his grandchildren. The “double effect” resulting from his being punished as well did not diminish his obligation to help his family.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel