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Forty-four dati leumi and chareidi rabbonim signed a psak halacha against the prenuptial of Tzohar Rabbonim, Beit Hillel and the RCA of the USA.
The purpose of the agreement signed before the wedding is to prevent cases of anchoring by the husband or the woman when one of them refuses to accept or give a get to his spouse. The agreements to date, for example by the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, have proposed monetary sanctions against the anchoring side by requiring that they pay a fixed amount of money each month of delaying the get. However, this solution encountered another halachic problem known as a “get me’usa ” – a divorce that is contrary to the will of the husband.
The first decision of the Council of Tzohar rabbis was to encourage the public to sign a prenuptial agreement. Recently, dozens of dati leumi rabbonim are heard objecting alongside the chareidim, and recently dozens of rabbis were added to a long document summarizing the criticism of the move.
In a document obtained by the Srugim website, signed by dozens of rabbonim, including chareidim such as Eida Chareidis Ravaad HaGaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch Shlita, Rabbi Avraham Auerbach and Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Machpud, they attack the agreement and write about it among other things: “The truth is that this marriage agreement represents the destruction of religion truly, and leads to a fear of ‘eishes ish’ and mamzerus”.
HaGaon HaRav Avigdor Nebenzahl Shlita has also penned his objections, citing a rav who permits signing such an agreement is not an Orthodox rav and one should rely upon his halachic rulings.
Former Chief Rabbi of Hebron and Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior Shlita concurs, stating the document negates halacha and may chas v’sholom lead to serious issues of ‘get me’usa’, mamzerus, and the destruction of the kedusha of the family. He adds Chief Rabbis have and remain opposed to it and a document was released during the tenure of HaGaon HaRav Avraham Kahana Shapira ZT”L and HaGaon HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)