Kehillah Students Win First Place in International Moot Beit Din Competition for the Second Year in a Row
Joy Cheskin and Dahlia Soussan represented Kehillah at this year’s Moot Beit Din competition at American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. An international competition that draws students from diverse Jewish high schools, Moot Beit Din requires teenagers to answer a rabbinical legal question using sources from Bible, Talmud, Codes, and other Jewish textual sources. Working almost entirely independently, Joy and Dahlia did the work that a rabbinic court would do. The question posed was whether a Jewish camp was obligated to purchase its kosher meat from a slaughterhouse that only used pasture raised beef even though this would require a significant cost increase for camper families. Six months of preparation led up to a wonderful weekend with old friends and new, a visit to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, a meaningful Shabbat of prayer, study, singing, and rest and finally, the competition. In an eight-minute presentation, Joy and Dahlia clearly articulated multiple arguments, built a strong case brick by brick, and demonstrated the complexity of the issue, the need to be inclusive of the community, and the value of ethical treatment of animals. Both their written and oral arguments achieved the highest marks and they won first place (for the second year in a row!) for Kehillah.
Kol HaKavod to Joy and Dahlia for the hard work and dedication!