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Getting Serious About Get-Refusal

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The institution of a standard practice of signing a prenuptial agreement for the prevention of Get-refusal can prevent what had become a growing problem. And within a few years of such a practice taking hold, the rabbinic leadership will be able to say, without fear of contradiction, “We don’t have an agunah problem.”

Rachel Levmore, a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University, is a rabbinical court advocate, coordinator of the Get-Refusal Prevention Project of the Council of Young Israel Rabbis and the Jewish Agency, and author of “Minee Einayich Medima” on prenuptial agreements for the prevention of Get refusal.

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About the Author: Rachel Levmore (Ph.D. in Jewish Law from Bar Ilan University) is a rabbinical court advocate, coordinator of the Agunah and Get-Refusal Prevention Project of the Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel and the Jewish Agency, and author of "Min'ee Einayich Medim'a" on prenuptial agreements for the prevention of get-refusal.


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3 Responses to “Getting Serious About Get-Refusal”

  1. Annie Kadosh Orenstein says:

    When Rabbi Weiss married us 10 years ago, in Brooklyn, he made us sign a pre-nup… I guess he is beyond his years… and the other Rabbi's are just starting to catch up..

  2. Ari Singer says:

    seinfeld episode

  3. We also had a pre-nup, based on the draft written by Rabbi Willig over 20 years ago, though we actually amended it a bit, and Rabbi Willig then used our amendment in the standard RCA version. I think that they were more popular in the early nineties, fell out of favor and are hopefully now making a comeback.

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