Letter from Chief Rabbi Daniel Lieberman of Perth

As published on the Daas Torah blog http://daattorah.blogspot.com/2022/02/support-for-beth-alexander-australia.html

16 February 2022

15 Adar I 5782

To Whom it May Concern

I am deeply distressed to hear that Beth Alexander is still being refused access to her children. As I am sure you are aware, the Torah places great emphasis on the mother – child relationship (Vayikra 22:27 and Devarim 22:6) in the case of animals, which should be the case even more so with human beings.

It is unconscionable that this situation be allowed to continue, and it is imperative that Beth be granted rights of visitation with her children immediately. This is both for her mental health as a mother and that of her sons who need the connection and nurturing from this vital relationship.

While I recognize that marital breakdown situations are often painful and complex, I am extremely disappointed to hear allegations that certain Rabbanim, Shluchim and community activists have interfered with the court processes leading to this appalling injustice and the denying of a mother her vital connection with her children.

I urge you to take whatever steps necessary to ensure that this situation is addressed and resolved, and full visitation rights are afforded to Beth at the earliest possible opportunity.

Yours Faithfully

Rabbi Daniel Lieberman

Chief Rabbi

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