The two married daughters sued their father in secular courts without permission of beis din. The basis of the claim was his allegedly withholding part of the income from a piece of real estate he had put in their names.
When questioned by Rav Nota Greenblatt shlit”a, Av Beis Din of Memphis Tenn., what gave Mrs. Broderick the right to take her father to court, her husband, Raanan Broderick responded that they had a Heter from a Secret Rov, whose reason for the Heter was “also a secret.”
This documents them seeking a court injunction against Rabbi Ort for sending them a hazmana to a din torah that they claim will “unfairly stigmatize them in their religious community.”
Lawsuit amount; 1 million dollars, plus interest and legal fees.
This action was repeated three times!
The letter from Beis Din denouncing their actions:
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Translation: This is to make known that Mrs. CHANA MIRIAM (wife of R’ Eliezer Chaim) HIRSCH of Monsey N.Y. IS GOING TO COURT AGAINST THE DIN AND WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM BAIS DIN, to draw out huge amounts of money from her father contrary to Jewish law. One who does so “is called a rosho, and is as if they blasphemed and rebelled against the Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu”, as is paskined in Shulchan Aruch (Choshen Mishpat 26).
This is aside from (the issur of) absolute THEFT and CAUSING OF DAMAGE involved in such claims, “AND BAIS DIN HAS THE RIGHT TO EXCOMMUNICATE HIM” as the Rema paskins (ibid) and adds: “AND SO TOO WE EXCOMMUNICATE ANYONE WHO HELPS SOMEONE WHO GOES BEFORE GENTILE COURT”.
Based on that we have also summoned her husband, but he excuses himself by claiming that he cannot stop his wife’s actions.
Therefore, with great anguish, we publicize this for all to know to protest against her actions, to save the victim from the wrongdoer, in order that all should know about this and desist from making the nations to be our judges.
May we speedily merit the establishment of the authority of the laws of the holy Torah.
To this we sign on I3 Shevat 5763
(R.) Yakov Hopfer
(R.) Simcha Bunim Shafrin
(R.) Mordechai Shuchatowitz
Rav Nota Greenblatt writes:
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