I still can’t link to anything. And I see that all links in previous posts have turned to gibberish (coding). Those links should return once whatever is wrong with the LoHud blogs is corrected.
New York’s highest court will today begin hearing a fascinating case involving two brothers who are fighting for control of the Satmar Hasidic sect.
The brothers are fighting to succeed their father — bringing to mind numerous family disputes in the Bible.
A key question here is whether secular courts can decide this case without delving into religious issues.
“A central question in the matter is whether the leadership dispute can be decided by neutral principles of law,” Nelson Tebbe, a Brooklyn Law School professor, tells the Times Herald-Record up in Middletown, N.Y.
You can read the THR article by cutting and pasting: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071016/NEWS/710160308
The Satmar sect is based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and now has some 20,000 people in the Orange County community of Kiryas Joel.
For what it’s worth, Zalmen Teitelbaum says his father endorsed him and that secular courts should not be involved. His brother, of course, disagrees and wants the courts to decide the matter.