An Important Message to the Community
Ilana Blass, Esq.
(This message was originally published in YUConnects To-Go 5773, Part 2, pg. 91)
An Important Message to Our Rabbinic Colleagues, Students, and Community
We are pained by the challenges facing individuals in our community who have been denied a get long after their marriage have been deemed irreconcilable. Many of these challenges could have been avoided had the couple signed a halakhically and legally valid prenuptial agreement at the time of their marriage. We therefore strongly urge all rabbit, educators, and community leaders to counsel and encourage engaged couples to sign such an agreement.
The widespread utilization of halakhic prenuptial agreement is a critical step in inoculating our community against the distressful problem of the modern-day agunah. Use of halakhic prenuptial agreement should become standard throughout the Jewish community for all engaged couples. Halakhic prenuptial agreements have been extremely effective in assuring gthe timely issuance of the get. Encouraging proper halakhic behavior in the sanctification and the dissolution of marriage will thereby demonstrate “de’rakheha darkhei noam, ve’khol netivoteha shalom” – the Torah’s ways are pleasant and all its paths are peaceful.
Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim Rabbi Yosef Blau Rabbi Kenneth Brander
Rabbi Zevulun Charlop Rabbi Daniel Feldman Rabbi Ozer Glickman
Rabbi Dovid Hirsch Rabbi David Horwitz Rabbi Eliakim Koeningsberg
Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger Rabbi Yona Reiss
Rabbi Michael Rosensweig Rabbi Yonason Sacks Rabbi Hershel Schachter
Rabbi Ezra Schwartz Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky Rabbi Daniel Strein
Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler Rabbi Jeremy Wieder Rabbi Mordechai Willig
Roshei Yeshiva, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary,
an Affiliate of Yeshiva University, New York, NY
Printed: March 2012
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