A more than three year long ordeal involving Michigan’s senior Shliach and Detroit area Chabad house seems to have finally come to a close this week after a decision from Michigan’s highest court.
The Supreme Court of the State of Michigan ruled Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Chabad of Michigan, led by Rabbi Berel Shemtov, against the Bais Chabad Torah Center of West Bloomfield, led by veteran Shliach Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg, on grounds that it was filed after the statute of limitations had passed. This overturned a previous ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals from last year, which held that the statute had been suspended due to prior actions in Beis Din.
Silberberg released a statement today, via Facebook:
“The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that, due to the statute of limitations, the lawsuit brought against us must be dismissed.
This welcome news is a great relief; the ordeal of the last three years caused great pain and much aggravation, due to the Chilul Hashem which it engendered.
The true winner in this decision is the Ribono Shel Olam, whose name will no longer be disgraced.
It is not for us to gloat over this victory; rather, we must give thanks to Hashem for relieving us of the burdensome lawsuit, thereby enabling us to turn our full attention to serving Him and spreading the light of Torah and Mitzvos throughout Michigan.
I extend my hand in peace to all our fellow Jews with the hope that we can all work together to spread the Rebbe’s message of genuine Ahavas Yisrael.
Rabbi Elimelech Silberberg”
Below is the Court Order, dated May 20, 2015.
Richard Bernstein, one of the Court’s seven Justices, who is Jewish and has taken part in local Chabad activities, did not participate in the ruling.