Jewish children, friends, visited a shopping center in Paris France, and on the steps, a boy pulled out a ring, placed it on a finger of a girl and recited the required words. She responded to him seriously, replying “yes”.
Ashdod Beis Din Dayanim Rav David Levanon, Rav Moshe Amsellem and Rav Yitzchak Levi were asked to give a psak halacha in the case, as the girl in question lives in Ashdod. The dayanim had to decide if she is viewed as married.
The dayanim conducted an “extremely in-depth” probe, interviewing persons present at the ‘marriage’ in Paris. They questioned persons regarding the actual wording and what transpired.
The psak halacha is that the dayanim determined it was a game and not sufficient to categorize the girl as being married. The psak is reportedly related to a ruling by HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L and Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem HaGaon HaRav Shalom Mashash ZT”L.
Some of the points highlighted by the dayanim:
• The boy’s true intentions.
• The steps to a shopping center are not a proper venue for a true chupah.
• He placed the ring and then recited ‘harei at…’ instead of the reverse order.
The beis din ruled that the girl is ‘available’ and may marry without any connection to the event. That said, the dayanim warn young boys and girls to refrain from such actions.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)