Rabbi Yaakov Chava
Lecturer in Law at Bar-Ilan University.
Vice Dean of the Law Faculty.
Rabbi of a community in Petah Tikva.
“A body like Forum Takana operates in the social-public sphere, hence its power. The activity of such a body - when it receives public recognition and acts alongside the authorities of the state and not against them - is likely to make an important contribution both in instilling desirable norms and enforcing them. The Forum acts with utmost sensitivity and care in matters brought before it, while providing maximum assistance to the victim and without trampling the rights and dignity of the defendant. As Maimonides puts it in a different context: 'In all shall his deeds be for the sake of heaven, and the honor of men shall not be flippant in his eyes'."