Rishon L’Tzion Addresses Concerns Of So Many Burned Kesuvos


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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)


  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).