Ad featured in Wheaton Metro Station from Silver Spring to .
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Regular people, Jewish or not, come up and say "I don't get it—why isn’t that guy giving his wife a get?" That guy being Aharon Friedman, advisor to Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Congressman Dave Camp. For regular people view get-refusal as pointless; and dragging it on, totally irrational. That's in relation to a mostly private dispute when the spouses are more or less anonymous. Add to that unending publicity accompanying a high profile case of a get-refuser whose professional standing testifies to the fact that he must be intelligent; it is truly incomprehensible to the regular person – leading him or her to question the makeup of "that guy".A full year has passed since the respected Rabbinic Court of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada issued a "seruv" ruling against Aharon Friedman—stating unequivocally that he was found to be in "contempt of Beth Din" for refusing to give a get to Tamar Epstein, thus turning her into an agunah. Once a ruling such as this has been handed down, it closes the rather futile discussion on which of the spouses is right or wrong. A get must be given irrespective of other issues and not held in ransom at any time of a divorce process —all the more so following rabbinic instruction.