Brussels - In yet another chapter of the bizarre saga involving the children of Moshe Aryeh Friedman, a Belgian court has ruled in favor of the controversial figure who has spent months trying to force Charedi schools to accept his children.
According to reports on Dutch news site Joods Actueel, while Rabbi Friedman and his wife are not permitted to enter any of the school buildings, the Friedman children can attend the Charedi school of their choice.
Rabbi Friedman had previously sued both a Belgian girls’ elementary school for the right to enroll his sons as students and a Belgian boys’ school, in an attempt to force the yeshiva to accept his three daughers. While a judge in Antwerp had originally ruled in favor of Friedman in his case against the girls’ school, that decision was reversed one month later and Friedman also lost his case against the boys’ school.
The ruling specifically states that the Yesode Hatora school, the oldest Jewish school in Antwerp with the largest student enrollment, cannot turn away the Friedman children. Yesode Hatora encompasses both a boys’ school as well as the Beth Jacob school for girls.