beth din, bet din, beis din, bes din, bezdn, beyt din
- A rabbinical court of law that makes judgments on matters of Jewish religious life, especially conversion and divorce.
- When Sydney wanted to convert to Judaism, she had to appear before the Beit Din.
Languages of Origin
בית דין 'House of Judgment'
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
plural battei din. Made up of three rabbis.
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