Protected by the post-nup

The halachic prenuptial and newly, postnuptial agreements, are important weapons in the communal fight against ‘get’ refusal

By SHOSHANNA KEATS-JASKOLL
October 25, 2017 16:30
Protected by the post-nup

. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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‘Don’t worry, I’ll break his legs.’ That’s what my two-meter-tall then-rabbi told me when I suggested to him (on advice from my future mother-in-law) that I sign a halachic prenuptial agreement before my wedding. Reassured by his blasé manner, and knowing virtually nothing of the phenomenon of get (Jewish divorce) refusal, I quickly forgot about the prenup.

Nineteen years, an intense experience of personal advocacy for a relative who had been refused her get for more than a decade, and a great deal of knowledge about agunot (women whose husbands refuse or are unable to divorce them) later, I rectified this mistake when The International Young Israel Movement in Israel (IYIM) held its second postnuptial agreement signing in Jerusalem.

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