Dayan David Shlomo Englander has been appointed as a new dayan to the London Beth Din. The Manchester-born rabbi studied at leading Torah centres of learning in America and Israel, including the internationally-renowned Institute for Dayanim in Israel, led by Rabbi Yosef Fleischmann, where he successfully secured the relevant qualifications to become a dayan, or judge.
Recently, he has served as dayan in two Orthodox courts in America: Bais Havaad in Lakewood, New Jersey and Kollel Harabbanim in Monsey, New York.
Dayan Englander has spent most of his education and career in Canada and the United States. Known as a go-to address for responses to halachic enquiries, he has built up a reputation for applying halacha in a way that is relevant to modern life.
He is the author of a three-volume work covering the gamut of Jewish monetary law and is considered a world expert on the subject.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “This is a truly outstanding appointment. Dayan Englander commands the requisite global expertise in halacha which is necessary for him to serve as a first rate dayan and also has the depth of wisdom and sensitivity which are required for him to be a leading voice of Torah for the British Jewish community as a dayan of the London Beth Din.”
Dayan Gelley, head of the London Beth Din, said: “We are delighted that Dayan Englander is to join our Beth Din and augment our existing team. He comes as an experienced dayan of high repute with a particular expertise in civil arbitration.”
Dayan Englander said: “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as a dayan on the London Beth Din, which plays such a critical role in the British Jewish community. The London Beth Din is unrivalled diaspora-wide in its rich history, collective experience, breadth of influence and international prestige”. His appointment, he said, was “a heaven-sent opportunity to serve the Jewish community”.
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