At the end of a long legal battle, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a child whose mother left the religious lifestyle and father is haredi will receive a state-religious education.
In the past, the child's parents – who lived in Bnei Brak – displayed a modest haredi lifestyle in public, but acted in a completely secular manner within their home. Recently, the woman decided to stop living a double life, and the couple filed for divorce.
The child, who starting first grade this year, remained under the custody of the mother, who wanted him to receive a completely secular education.
The father, who comes from a renowned haredi family, objected the mother's wishes, and claimed the if the child studied in a secular school system, he will not be able to visit his haredi grandparents in Bnei Brak, because they would be disgraced and severe their ties with the boy.
At the first round of legal hearings, the Family Court based its decision on expert recommendations and ruled that the child should study at a secular school.
However, a day before the start of the school year, the father appealed to the District Court, which overturned the former ruling and determined that the child must study in a state-religious education system in order to maintain contact with the father's family.
At this stage the mother filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, which seconded the District Court's decision.
On Monday, attorney Danny Sherman, who represents the boy's mother, said she has agreed to honor the court's verdict, and will send the child to a state-religious school.
"We hope the court's ruling does not burden the child in an unbearable manner," said attorney Sherman.
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