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-Moot Beit Din Advisor

2017 CASE SYNOPSIS

Rachel Rubenstein was taking her self-driving car (the newest model from the tech-firm Eliva Industries, Inc.) out to the grocery store, when a pedestrian stepped out in front of the car, leading the car to swerve and hit Shimon Shalom’s car in the opposite lane of traffic. Mr. Shalom sustained serious injuries and his car was significantly damaged. Months later, Mr. Shalom sued Ms. Rubenstein for full damages, including the cost of the hospital stay, his time away from work, and the damage to his car. Ms. Rubenstein argues that the accident was not her fault, and that Mr. Shalom should sue the car company, Eliva Industries. Eli Levine, CEO of Eliva, responds that the car is programmed to minimize fatalities, and that the car’s programming determined that hitting Mr. Shalom’s car was the safer option.

To resolve the dispute, each Beit Din must respond to the following three questions:

  1. What types of halakhic damages are at play in this case?
  2. Who is liable to pay for Mr. Shalom’s damages, medical expenses, and lost wages?
  3. Should Mr. Levine be instructed to change the programming of his cars because of ethical and halakhic concerns?

2017 SCHOOL TEAMS

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Cardozo Division 1 Brandeis Division 1 Abella Division 1
 Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy Schechter School of Westchester American Hebrew Academy
 Yachad
(Team 1)
Donna Klein Jewish Academy  Tanenbaum CHAT 
Mercaz High School Solomon Schechter
High School of Long Island
(Team 1)
Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
Louisville High School of Jewish Studies Frankel Jewish Academy Jewish Community High School of the Bay
YULA Girls High School
(Team 1)
de Toledo High School
(Team 1)
 
The Weber School Tarbut V' Torah
(Team 1)
 
David Posnack Jewish Day School    
Cardozo Divison 2 Brandeis Division 2 Abella Divison 2
Abraham Joshua Heschel
High School 
Solomon Schechter
High School of Long Island
(Team 2)
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
Keva Hebrew High School Golda Och Academy

Herzliah High School
(Team 1)

Beth Sholom Synagogue Adelson Educational Campus Denver Jewish Day School
(Team 1)
Yachad
(Team 2)
Yavneh Academy Robert M. Beren Academy
Tarbut V' Torah
(Team 2)
Herzliah High School
(Team 2)
Katz Yeshiva High School
de Toledo High School
(Team 2)
San Diego Jewish Academy  
Denver Jewish Day School
(Team 2)
YULA Girls High School
(Team 2)
 

 
2017 Moot Beit Din Winning teams

Ruach Award: Golda Och Academy

Abella I Division

  1. ​American Hebrew Academy
  2. Jewish Community High School of the Bay
  3. Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy

Abella II Division

  1. ​Herzliah High School (Team 2)
  2. Jewish Community High School of the Bay 
  3. Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy

Brandeis I Division

  1. Donna Klein Jewish Academy
  2. Tarbut V'Torah (Team 1)
  3. Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island (Team 1)

Brandeis II Division

  1. Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island (Team 2)
  2. Herzliah High School (Team 1)
  3. Adelson Educational Campus

Cardozo I Division

  1. The Weber School
  2. Mercaz High School
  3. YULA Girls High School (Team 2)

Cardozo II Division

  1. Tarbut V' Torah (Team 2)
  2. Denver Jewish Day School
  3. Abraham Joshua Heschel High School

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Moot Beit Din 2017 was generously supported by the Maimonides Fund.