Yesterday the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition against the appointment of Aryeh Deri as the Minister of Interior. Soon after the decision was handed down someone tweeted the following.
השופט הערבי ג’ובראן מצטט את ספר הכל-בו על מעלת החוזר בתשובה בפסק המנומק שנפרש על פני 56 עמ’ ומכשיר את כהונת דרעי pic.twitter.com/kEEn0VRasQ
— שמעון ברייטקופף (@Shimonyb) May 8, 2016
According to this reporter, the Arab-Israeli Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran quoted the medieval halakhic work the Sefer Kol Bo in his rejection of the petition about Deri’s appointment. I thought that was cool so I in turn retweeted it and my tweet was retweeted a number of times.
Arab Israel Supreme Court Justice Samil Joubran quotes medieval halakhic code the Sefer Kol Bo on repentance in decision. https://t.co/q81D64yGW3
— Michael Pitkowsky (@mpitkowsky) May 9, 2016
Well, I finally got to look over the Supreme Court decision itself and the original tweeter and I were both wrong, the quote from the Kol Bo was NOT from Justice Joubran, it was actually from the dissenting opinion of Justice Neal Hendel who supported the petition opposing Deri’s appointment. The quote from the Kol Bo was from a discussion about repentance and public figures that was included by Justice Hendel in his dissent (pp.47-53). Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchick also makes an appearance in Hendel’s dissent. (p. 49)
So the moral of the story, try and read the entire Israeli Supreme Court decision before you tweet about it. Should I delete my tweet? Maybe I will, but in the meantime it’s a good example for how even on Twitter (LOL) one shouldn’t rely upon what others say.