Israel’s High Court won’t hear man claiming to be ‘Messiah’
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Israel’s High Court won’t hear man claiming to be ‘Messiah’

Dov Sobol has repeatedly turned to Israeli courts, demanding recognition of God's purported 'messages' to him

Illustrative: Waiting for High Court justices to arrive in the courtroom. (Matti Friedman/Times of Israel)
Illustrative: Waiting for High Court justices to arrive in the courtroom. (Matti Friedman/Times of Israel)

The High Court of Justice on Tuesday declined to debate the messages a self-styled “Messiah to the world” was purportedly receiving from the “Creator of the world,” despite the petitioner noting the very great “responsibility for the fate of the world” that rests on his shoulders.

In their rejection, justices Noam Solberg, Uri Shaham and David Mintz explain: “The petitioner, who signed his petition, ‘A prophet like Moses, Messiah to the world,’ relates that he is acting in the name of the Creator of the world and bears messages from Him, and that it is vital to hold an inquiry into them [the messages] before this court in order that [the court] shares with him the weighty responsibility for the fate of the world that rests on his shoulders.”

Alas, Israel’s top court chooses to forego said honor. “The petition shows no cause for judicial intervention,” the justices write.

The appellant, Dov Sobol, has turned to the High Court before on theological matters, as well as to multiple lower courts.

In 2015, Sobol asked the High Court to force Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to read his book, “in order to save the world from its future troubles and to bring world peace.”

Justices Salim Joubran, Yoram Danziger and Anat Beron rejected his petition then — but not without reading it.

“We examined the petition,” they assured Sobol, “but had no choice but to refuse.”

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