From the Rav’s Desk: What is a Zabla?

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  1. Question: 

What is a Zabla? I hear this term used all the time



A Zabla stands for the words “Zeh Borer Lo Echad/Each one chooses one.” A Zabla is an alternative to a set Beis Din, if for whatever reason the sides are unable or unwilling to take their issue to the local Beis Din. It works as follows: Each side picks one judge of his choice and the two chosen judges then pick a third judge, for the three person Beis Din. All three judges have equal power and together judge the case and bring out a justified verdict.

Sources: See Michaber C.M. 13:1; Mishneh Sanhedrin 23a following opinion of Chachamim

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