Beis Din Nixes Pre-Nuptial


Once again, a rabbinate affiliated beis din in Yerushalayim invalidated a privately conducted marriage based on a pre-nuptial agreement.

The beis din condemned the prenuptial agreement as “poretz geder and a provocative challenge to old Jewish custom. [The couple thought] that after presenting a fait accompli to the court, they could force it to approve the procedure retroactively, thus voiding of all meaning both halacha and Israeli regulations.”

The beis din also ruled that the couple were unable to marry others.

Attorney Batya Kahana-Dror, head of the Mavoi Satum (Dead End) agunah advocacy group, said that she would appeal the decision all the way to the Supreme Court. Prenuptial agreements are the only halachic solution to preventing get refusals, she argued.

Kahana-Dror has set up an alternative marriage network which conducts illegal weddings outside the rabbinate replete with prenup agreements. Its feminist ceremonies include sheva brachos recited by women, female witnesses in addition to two male witnesses, and the bestowal of a ring from wife to husband.

{Matzav – Israel}


  1. In Germany the reform instituted that the woman should reciprocate and give the man a ring and say “אני לדודי ודודי לי”. Rav Breuer Z”L added that when they get divorced the husband should say “ברח דודי”!

  2. This prenuptial is a scam that’s worse than Madoff’s scams. The people involved erroneously think that she is divorced, while halachically she is 100% married. She then may go on to commit adultery (on a continuous basis!!) and produce mamzeirim. That’s quite sad. As an intersectional feminist, I demand that the oppressed mamzeirimlich not be produced! I must defend all the oppressed, particularly the mamzeirumlich that these people unfortunately produce.


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