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Rishon L’Tzion Addresses Concerns Of So Many Burned Kesuvos

1Poskim and rabbonim are being asked what to do by so many couples forced to abandon their homes, many learning later the homes were badly damaged or destroyed. As a result, many have lost their kesuva.

HaGaon HaRav Kook Shlita of the Beit Hora’ah in Yerushalayim ruled that while a new kesuva must be written as expeditiously as possible, a couple may return home before this is done. Eida Chareidis Ravaad HaGaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch Shlita ruled a couple may not return home before a new kesuva is written.

Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita has announced the couple may live together if the kesuva was burned but they have to have a new one written.

Rav Yosef writes:

“יש להכין כתובה דאירכסא, אבל בינתיים מותר להם לגור יחד, כיוון שיש העתק. וגם האישה סומכת על בית הדין שישמור על זכויותיה, וגם יש חרם דרג”ה, ושבועה – ועוד טעמים”.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

3 Responses

  1. It’s not like you need a sofer or a beit din. Just download the text on the internet and get it filled in and signed. Nu? It’s sad, but just move on.

  2. A kesubah does not have to be “written”. No one holds that they must be handwritten. Bookstores often sell them in bulk, and since they are one-sided, it is easy to photocopy them. It should take a few minutes to replace them. It’s not like the fires destroyed every store in Israel (and if they did, the text can be found online).

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