Tuesday, October 11, 2011
If you have not seen this interview with Rabbi Schacter of AMI magazine, then you should head on over to VIN and check it out for yourself. I'm absolutely blown away that it was a) spoken and b) published.
I simply don't know enough about Batei Din to even comment or weigh in with an opinion. However, I was just discussing with my husband the fact that when you have a dispute with a frum owned business, e.g., that you are simply stuck between a rock and a hard place. American small claims courts are inexpensive, but you risk your reputation to use them to settle a claim. To take a person who owes you to a Beit Din is costly (or at least that is my impression based on the amount my friend and her former husband paid to have a get written up after all was settled in family court) and the cost is underwritten by the litigants. Rabbi Schacter talks about a million dollar dispute. Those with multi-hundred or a couple thousand in dispute have little choice but to sit it out and hope that they get something someday. And, if they do, they have to wonder if what they get will be taken back in a bankruptcy proceeding. Unfortunately I know of far too many cases where people have not been paid, but they simply have no leverage. And, yes, I'm bitter about it. It destroys the foundation of a trustworthy and honest society!