BANKRUPTCY LAW (Expansiveness of Automatic Stay): Automatic stay of 11 USC Sec. 362 applies to bar actions against debtor and against the bankruptcy estate. This automatic stay protects the debtor, as well as the assets of the estate, and creditors. Actions that are barred include religious actions, such as a Jewish tribunal set up as a cross-complaint against the debtor, filed in an adversary action. The synagogue could not pursue its religious action against the debtor as long as the stay was in place.

In re Congregation of Birchos Yosef, 535 BR 629 (2015); Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York

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