Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Maryland law kosher solution to Agunah Problem?

(This picture is of Rav Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, who was known as being moser nefesh to do whatever was possible, within halacha, to free Agunos.)

Though I don't like the tone of this article, it does quote Rabbi Michael Broyde, who's a law professor at Emory Law and the Rabbi of the Young Israel of Toco Hills. It is not clear from the article if Rabbi Broyde approves of this bill. (See more about Rabbi Broyde on this topic here.)

The law being suggested seems to say that one can't get divorced in Maryland without signing an affidavit stating that he's discharged any applicable religious divorce proceedings, i.e. a get.

I have a couple of questions: Why hasn't the halachic prenuptual agreement by Rabbi Willig caught on?

Is this bill halachic? Would it be considered a Get me'usa, effectivly negating the potential benefits the bill's designed to confer? Do any gedolim endorse this bill?

Any info would be appreciated.

-Dixie Yid

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