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Rav Ovadia Yosef Allowed Pregnant Woman to Marry

"Rabbi Yosef dealt with halachic reality with great courage, in a matter that many feared to allow or even discuss."
Rav Ovadia Yosef ZTL

Rav Ovadia Yosef ZTL
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As soon as I heard the sad news of the passing of one of the halachic giants of our time, Rav Ovadia Yosef ZTL, I went trolling for an example of his halachic methodology which made him renowned as a great “mekel,” or small L liberal posek, if you will. I used to be an avid reader of the Haredi weekly Yom Hashishi, which offered a page with Rav Ovadia’s psakim every week. I recall the awe with which I used to follow not only his reasoning, but the enormous volume of citations he provided, both in support of his view and as contradiction to his decision.

I found a remarkable item in Ynet, August 8, 2011, that might do some justice to the stellar work of this rare and admirable scholar:

In an unprecedented halachic ruling, Shas’ spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has allowed a woman pregnant by artificial insemination to marry a man who is not the father of the developing child.

M., a 44-year old religious woman, decided to get pregnant through a sperm bank because she feared she would not be able to conceive if she waited any longer.

However, immediately after her insemination, she met a 50-year-old widower and the two quickly decided to wed, after the latter accepted responsibility for the child.

The couple immediately ran into trouble: According to the Jewish halacha, a pregnant woman is not allowed to marry any man who is not the father for 24 months after the birth.

The ruling preserves the unborn child’s rights. Rabbis explain that if the woman becomes pregnant again within the two years that follow the birth, the mother may stop producing milk for the baby.

The couple appealed to the local rabbinate, but was forbidden to marry. They then turned to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who ruled that the mother may use milk substitutes to feed her child if she conceives again in the coming years.

Attorney Zuriel Bublil, who helped the couple with their appeal, was pleased with the result. “This is an unprecedented ruling that will help women coming to the end of their fertility,” he said.

“Rabbi Yosef dealt with halachic reality with great courage, in a matter that many feared to allow or even discuss. The couple wanted to bring the child into the world after they were already married, and their time was almost up.”

M. and her fiancé were married according to Jewish law on Sunday.

Ye-hi zichro baruch. May his memory be blessed.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “Rav Ovadia Yosef Allowed Pregnant Woman to Marry”

  1. pasnisht says:

    In spite of what YNET wrote, this is not an “unprecedented halachic ruling”. In Shut Habazak (Eretz Hemda), vol.6, there is a similar ruling from year 5763 (2002).

  2. Batya Spiegelman Medad says:

    Wonderful story, Halacha is supposed protect people, not make them suffer.

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