1980 5740 THE HACHTORA

Till now, legal matters in the Belz Jewish community — marriage arrangements, judicial rulings, etc. — were taken up by outside rabbinical authorities. The Rebbe decides to create a new beis-din within Belz to administer Torah law. The Hactorah, or “crowning” event was the first in Chassidic circles, but has since been followed by most communities.