Pushed by Dodelson Case, RCA Condemns ‘Get’ Refusal

This piece was originally published in The Times of Israel.

Gital Dodelson. (photo credit: Brigitte Stelzer)

Gital Dodelson. (photo credit: Brigitte Stelzer)

The Rabbinical Council of America’s release Wednesday of a statement condemning the refusal to deliver or receive a get is being touted by supporters of Gital Dodelson as proof that the high-profile public campaign to end her agunah status is working.

Earlier this month, the 25-year-old law student from New Jersey took her story beyond social media and the Jewish press to the mainstream media in efforts to get her recalcitrant husband, Avrohom Meir Weiss, to give her a Jewish divorce. Without his giving her the divorce decree, she remains an agunah, or “chained woman” who is unable to date other men or remarry.

The public exposure of Dodelson’s case led to Weiss’s father and uncle’sresignation last week from their positions at Artscroll, a leading Orthodox publishing house.

Dodelson’s well-mobilized supporters are now putting pressure on the leadership of Yeshiva of Staten Island, where Weiss, the scion of a leading rabbinical family, studies. They are effectively asking the head of the yeshiva, Rabbi Reuven Feinstein, to expel his grandson.

The RCA is the rabbinic authority of the Orthodox Union. In its statement, it equated get refusal with domestic abuse: “The Rabbinical Council of America strongly condemns the refusal of spouses to participate in the delivery and receipt of a get, the Jewish religious divorce process, when the marriage is functionally over and the relationship between the husband and wife has irreversibly ended.

“We deem the withholding of aget under such circumstances to be an exploitation of the halachic process and a manifestation of domestic abuse.”

Click here to read more.

© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: