n. A rabbinical court of law (made up of three rabbis) 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
- Textual Hebrew
בית דין 'House of Judgment'
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
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- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- 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).
Who Uses This
beth din, bet din, beis din, bes din, bezdn, beyt din
Plural battei din / batei din.
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