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David Liebowitz versus Yehivah Torah Vodaath
Notice of Appeal
[Community - Only Ed.] New York Supreme Court
This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Only edition. ii, 91 pp. folio 265:205 mm., light age staining. A very good copy loose in the original wrappers.
Appeal to a decision rendered on 12 June, 1934 for Yeshivah Torah Vodaath against the plaintiff David Liebowitz, the latter represented by David Berg. Liebowitz claims that wages totaling $2,765.65 were due him, to which a counterclaim for $2,500.00 was filed against the plaintiff. He affirms that the defendants answer was utterly false and meant to delay the recovery of judgment. The deponent (Liebowitz) was employed as a rabbi in the yeshivah for more than six years. When his wages reached $2,900.00 he and other rabbis demanded payment in full. A controversy arose between the teachers and the defendant (Torah Vodaath). Reluctant to seek redress from the courts the dispute was submitted to a prominent rabbi, R. Hayyim Abraham Levine who ruled in favor of the teachers. Nevertheless, the yeshivah failed to pay the teachers. After a meeting between representatives of the parties it was decided to submit to arbitration. Rabbi L. I. Kahane was selected as arbitrator. A payment schedule was agreed upon and releases issued. However, when the first note became due on December 13, 1933 for $100. it was protested for non-payment. When an affidavit affirming these facts was requested from R. Kahane he refused, saying that as a congregational rabbi he could not become involved with the controversy with another congregation. The affidavit includes charges that one of the lawyers “perjuriously interposes a false counterclaim for delay.” The appeal includes counterclaims for damages due to wrongful acts on the part of the plaintiff. The Papers on Appeal include documents and testimony, summonses, and affidavits providing a fascinating and otherwise forgotten glimpse into the early history of not only Yeshivah Torah Vodaath but also into the operations of the fledgling yeshivah movement in the 1930s.
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