Chareidi ‘Get’ Refuser Arrives in Israel for his Son’s Chasanah And Is Arrested

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A chareidi ‘get’ refuser, leaving his wife an agunah for a decade, tried to enter Israel to attend the chasenah of his son, arriving under a fake identity. However, his attempt failed as he was arrested. Nevertheless, the recalcitrant husband remains adamant in his refusal to give his wife a ‘get’.

According to the report released by Chanan Greenwald in the daily Yisrael Hayom newspaper, the husband according to the experts is among the most difficult agunah cases being dealt with worldwide. The husband and wife are reportedly Americans, and were married around 23 years ago.

A decade ago, after their marriage collapsed, accompanied by complaints of severe violence by the husband, the woman decided to leave him and get divorced, taking their four children. The man, who originally was going to give a ‘get’, changed his mind. In a rare move, the Belzer Rebbe Shlita ruled that the husband must give a ‘get’ to his wife without condition and without delay. This too did not persuade him to release his wife.

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Six years ago, the man visited Israel. Authorities succeeded in obtaining a judicial order prohibiting him from leaving the country. The Rabbanut beis din succeeded in preventing him from leaving the country back then, but he nevertheless succeeded, using the passport of his brother.

Last Thursday, attorney and Rabbinical Advocate Tehila Cohen of the Yad L’Isha organization, which is affiliated with the Ohr Torah Stone network, learned the recalcitrant husband boarded a plane heading to Israel to attend his son’s wedding. Attorney Cohen has been working to assist the wife during the past two years. After learning of his imminent arrival, police began monitoring the flight along with officials from the Interior Ministry, beginning to scan the incoming passengers towards identifying the husband.

At about 3:45PM on a Friday afternoon, the husband being sought got off of the plane and police detectives were at the airport waiting to greet him. They followed him to passport control, where he presented someone else’s passport. He was immediately taken into custody and a search revealed he had another passport, from Canada.

It was about two hours before Shabbos in Jerusalem, but nevertheless, a beis din convened in Yerushalayim, and the dayanim decided he would remain in jail until the next session of the beis din.

However, even the threat of prison does not seem to have persuaded the husband, who was brought before the beis din again under a police escort, a number of hours before his son’s wedding. He refused to give his wife a ‘get’. The dad was not released to attend the wedding because back in 2013, when he was permitted to attend the wedding of another son, he fled and managed to leave Israel as well, as reported earlier.

A considerable effort was made prior to the wedding of his son towards securing a ‘get’, but unfortunately, those efforts were unsuccessful. Penina Omer of Yad L’Isha explains that sadly, it appears the dad preferred to sit in jail rather than dance at his son’s wedding.

Another hearing of the Supreme Beis Din was held on Monday at the husband’s request, and he continues to refuse to release his wife, and as a result, remains in jail.

In the past year, the Chief Rabbinate has resolved the cases of 60 agunos who are not citizens of Israel, who would not have been released from their status without the Chief Rabbinate and state’s involvement.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)




42 COMMENTS

  1. His name and place of residence should be publicised so he will feel the heat wherever he goes.
    He has kept this woman in jail for ten years, he should be kept locked up too

  2. The government should file charges for leaving and entering Israel illegally and they should also file charges against the owners of the passports that were being used.

  3. YWN, please publish full information about who this criminal is. His name, where he lives, his business etc. etc. so that those who value the judgment of the Belzer Rebbe Shlita, the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Israel and last but not least, decency, can decide whether they want anything to do with this animal.

  4. What a sad story. What could have happened that posseses this man with so much hatred. People need to learn to be mevater . I know that there are two sides to this story . I am sure they both wronged each other . However I cannot see how this helps this man. Hashem Yirachem on the poor children.

  5. Excellent. If she isn’t free he shouldn’t be either. Put him in solitary with no privileges and the minimum healthy diet. Let him sit there as long as it takes to let his yetzer hatov win out.

  6. He should not be released for any reason until a get was given. He should also be denied any further appearances in front of judges.

    After a few weeks, it is time to reduce the sizes of his meal rations to the barely needed for survival. He will be hungry, angry, lonely, and miserable. And he deserves every drop of suffering possible. If the wife is meritorious, his corpse will be found, buried in an obscure, dishonorable location, and she will be freed as an almonoh.

    I would also daven that those supporting this rish’us be publicly identified and appropriately shamed.

  7. hi to all ,
    ive had the same opinion than all of you when i first saw the big built board hanging on the streets in BP i was as mad as all of you and had the same opinion …so i decided to dig a bit deeper and try to understand the story from both sides (every story has two sides) –
    first i want to tell you all that a get was given and the so called agunah didnt want to accept it – its not a “get” issue its a total money issue – took all the info from-Jleeks .

  8. My question (which hasn’t been brought up yet) is why his son would welcome his father at his wedding. Of all occasions in life a chassunah, the chussun (his son) and kallah (soon to be daughter-in-law) should absolutely forbid their father partaking in the wedding unless a Get is given to their dear mother. If I were the kallah, and my soon-to-be husband welcomed his father at their wedding, then I’d highly reconsider marrying this person. Run! If the father shows up at the wedding, police should be called to escort the individual for trespassing at a private party.

  9. Yes, what this man is doing is horrendous, but fantasizing about his death isn’t the Torah way. We should hope that he does teshuvah, gives his wife the get without further difficulty, and begins to live a life of true Torah observance. Whatever he has done, there is still a pinteleh yid in there, and we should hope that it’s released soon. Yom Kippur is coming – hopefully he will think about it and correct his ways.

  10. Everybody was always saying that Yeshiva World is full of lies and fake news, I never believed it until I saw this.
    The amount of lies is insane!
    1-HE GAVE A GET ALREADY!
    there is a letter from a Beis Din with 3 chasuvah Dayunim that he gave a get and all his wife has to do is go pick it up!
    2-He did NOT abuse his wife!
    I’m quoting words from his wife, “he never hit me and he never will hit me!”
    His wife abused and is still abusing him! She called the police numerous times just to have him sit in jail overnight!
    3-He did not leave the country with his brothers passport!
    4-he entered Israel with his own passport!
    5-This is his oldest son, there is no other son that got married!
    His wife must feel really really good that she caused her own son huge agmas nefesh the day of his wedding by refusing his father to be by the wedding!
    Just FYI every time you hear such a story know that there are 2 sides (or more) to every story!

  11. I am replying to the comment of “Hallo” – Jleeks is just reporting what this husband “claims” but the fact is that he never gave a get – thats why all the Belza Dayanim and the Belza Rebbe put him in Chairim. Just to understand how significant that is the fact that since the Belza Rebbe became Rebbe he NEVER issued such a statement!

  12. @ Hallo. Dont u think the rabbonim know what a get is? Dig deeper my friend.in order for a get to be kosher it has to be handed to the woman or at minimum to a shliach.cant just say- which he did- pick it up at this and this location when your ready to comply with my conditions. And we wont even go into his condtions.just continue to daven for a yeshua.and leave the details upto the rabbunut and the many rabbonim involved.i promise you all they wouldnt do this if didnt need to.i would post her name but dont want to do so without permission so just daven .Hashem will know who u mean.

  13. TO HALLO:
    I DONT KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR MIS-INFORMATION FROM, BUT NO GET WAS GIVEN, THE AGUNA WANTS NOTHING FROM HIM EXCEPT HER FREEDOM. THE HUSBAND HAS BEEN KICKED OUT OF ALL BELZER SHULSM I DO NOT KNOW WHY THE ARTICLE REFERS TO HIM AS CHAREIDI HE IS ANYTHING BUT. ENOUGH SAAID

  14. THERE IS 2 SIDES TO EVERY STORY THERE ARE A FEW BAD PEOPLE THAT WANT TO TAKE THE MONEY FROM THE HUSBAND AND ACT LIKE THEY CARE FOR THE HUSBAND AS FOR A FACT HE GAVEA GET TO A SHLIACH COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO BUT THEY REFUSE TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT PLEASE CHECK ALL FACTS BEFORE POSTING STORIES

  15. TO THE TRUE STORY: YOU ARE TEMPTING ME TO WRITE ALL THE SORDID DETAILS OF THIS LOWLIFE. ONCE AGAIN – THERE IS NO GET. IF THERE WAS ONE WOULD THE RABBANUT PUT HIM IN JAIL? THERE IS NO LETTER FROM ANY DAYANIM!! JUST FOR ARGUMENTS SAKE- EVEN IF THERE IS A GET SO WHY NOT WRITE ANOTHER ONE AND BE DONE WITH IT. THE LOWLIFE HAS A POLICE RECORD THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS WIFE. IN FACT, IT WAS NOT THE WIFE WHO REFUSED THE FATHER FROM BEING AT THE WEDDING, BUT THE POLICE BECAUSE HE LIED PREVIOUSLY AND RAN AWAY. YOU ARE RIGHT – THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO THE STORY THE RIGHT ONE (HERS) ANDN THE WRONG ONE (HIS).

  16. A get was given to a Shaliach in the presence of prominent Dayanim. Everything that The True Story posted above is correct. . My kids were at the wedding and told me that the Chosson didn’t want to go to the Chuppah without his father.He didn’t even want his mother at the wedding. He hasn’t spoken to her in years because of what she did to his father.The Chosson and Kallah went to visit the father after the wedding. I have copies of letters from the Dayanim that were present when he signed the Get. She wants MONEY. LOTS OF MONEY.
    How coulld such an article have been published without verification.
    All the ugly comment swere posted by people who read an article full of lies and reacted.
    I can’t believe that YWN would print such lies.

  17. Replying to “true story” – You know exactly what this person has done to her all these years and you know that he never ever gave a kosher get – I guess you’re defending him because he is your brother and this article is embarrassing your entire family I feel sorry for you.

  18. I would like to share some Facts:

    1st of all this article can barely be called an article.. Its filled with half truths and outright lies.. I hope this wasn’t done intentional.. Its gross negligence to the least..

    1st of all the headline “Get Refuser” is totally misleading.. He actually gave a Kosher Get 3 weeks ago  by Rabbis Herbst, Deutch & Fuchs (of belz) written by the known Get Sofer Rabbi Lichter and 2 kosher eidim and was Given over to a Shliach and until this day she never came to pick it up , due to the fact that the shliach will only give it to her after her “helpers” return the stolen properties that were stolen on her behalf to be returned pending a get….     

     2nd of all if he entered with fake identity… How would they know who he is??

    3rd if he’s so smart… He would know that he wouldn’t be able to leave israel without giving a get , he has been there a few years ago and he barley made it out..

    4th .. Back in 2013 when he was permitted to attend the wedding of another son…this is oldest child …

    And to all the people that are writing the comments.. If all the above would’ve been 100% true then maybe these comments would be In place …but this infomercial is biased and 1 sided , so don’t jump to conclusions & be dan a person so fast ,

  19. LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT: YOU CLAIM HE WROTE A GET 3 WEEKS AGO. WHERE WAS HE FOR TEN YEARS? BUT SHE CANNOT JUST PICK IT UP – BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY EXORBITANT STRINGS ATTACHED. HE WANTS MONEY – NOT HER!!! hE OUTSMARTED HIMSELF THINKING HE WOULD BE ABLE TO FOOL THE POLICE AND THE MISHMAR HAGVUL. THE VIZHNITZER REBBE AND THE BELZER REBBE ARE DOING WHAT THAT CAN TO HELP THE POOR AGUNAH GET OUT FROM UNDER THIS ROSHOH. YOU MUST BE HIS BOTHER. HOW SAD

  20. Replying to “for all who want to know the truth”: You know very well how many lies you wrote, for example you say he wants to give a get, then why didn’t he give a get in Isreal in order to attend his sons wedding… and that “get” from 3 weeks ago was not kosher and that’s why the Belza Bais din just wrote a Psak that the Rabbanut should keep him in jail until he gives a Kosher Get! I feel bad for you that he is embarrassing your family but that is not an excuse to write lies.

  21. How dare anyone wish any Jew death, especially just 18 days away from R’H & from uNesane Tokeph. Shame on anyone who dared mention wishes of finding a corpse:- haShem Yerachem.
    There is no such thing as an innocent Aguna. Women who conduct themselves properly, and adhere to giving proper parenting time to fathers, never find themselves to be Agunos.

  22. Wow! I wonder how many molesters and the like walk around in chareidi garb if there are so many of u defending him.i know the wife personally and shes a sweet innocent woman whos been suffering for yrs. Family and friends of this ___________ do u really think posting here is gonna convince ppl hes innocent?!No one believes belz rebbe,so many rabbonim and the rabbunut and israeli police would be holding him if hes innocent.So just convince him to give the get and then your families can continue with your lives.His family is the one with the connections and the power (thats why took over a decade to reach this point)so if hes being held it must be for good reason (finally!) May Hashem help her and send her a yeshua ! And may all of his defenders wake up and see the light! May we merit to greet moshiach speedily in our day!

  23. This story seems unreal, so i decided to do some more research and…

    A GET was given and the “wife” does not want to except. I was told its a long story, with many dishonest people involved. Please do not publish details which are not fully true.

    The wedding was for his oldest sons wedding, and he did not have another sons wedding in 2013. He entered Isreal with his own Passport hoping he will be able to attend the simcha. From the chusens point of few, he will never forgive his mother, for what she did. He did not come out to his own wedding until 9:30pm because he refused to go under the chupah without his fathers presents.

    Please keep in mind that there are peoples lives involved here, and there is always 2 sides to each story.

  24. @concerrned mom the belz rebbe sad that they should keep him in jail till he gives a GET
    and it does not make a difference which psak he was talking before because all the psakim are against him