bet din

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Beth Din or Bet Din (bɛθ dɪn, Hebrew bet din, bɛθ dɪn, Hebrew bet din)
 
n
Judaism a rabbinical court, consisting of at least three dayanim, and having authority over such matters as divorce and conversion and other communal ecclesiastical matters such as Kashruth. It may also try civil disputes with the consent of both parties
 
[from Hebrew, literally: house of judgment]
 
Bet Din or Bet Din
 
n
 
[from Hebrew, literally: house of judgment]

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bet din

Jewish tribunal empowered to adjudicate cases involving criminal, civil, or religious law. The history of such institutions goes back to the time the 12 tribes of Israel appointed judges and set up courts of law (Deuteronomy 16:18).

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