'Jewish Clause' in Will Launches Lawsuits

Can a man disinherit his offspring for marrying outside faith?
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 1:31 PM CDT
'Jewish Clause' in Will Launches Lawsuits
A Jewish procession.   (AP Photo)

A Chicago courtroom is the site of a nasty tangle over a Jewish patriarch’s wishes for his family, the Chicago Tribune reports. A wealthy dentist, upset to discover that a grandson was taking a gentile to the junior prom, left a provision in his will disowning any of his offspring who marries outside the faith. Of five grandchildren, four did exactly that. Now they're suing their parents for honoring the request.

A court has ruled for the kids, calling the clause “contrary to public policy"; an appeal is pending. Max Feinberg’s grandchildren contend that their parents have mismanaged the trust they administer; the older generation argues that their offspring have no standing to bring suit, as they had married outside the faith. However the case is ultimately decided, it's already caused one defendant to exile a plaintiff from the family dinner table. “I have to think she misses the gefilte fish,” the mother notes. (More Jewish stories.)

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