“Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof” is a Torah commandment to seek justice
AVOID BEING MANIPULATED BY CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS, RABBIS AND INDIVIDUALS
In many Orthodox Jewish communities, decent Jewish husbands are being jailed, sued, expelled from their homes, denied access to their children, and are being robbed of their assets in civil courts. A feminist “underground” pressures various shul rabbis to discard Torah law and deny Jewish men their halachic rights.
Corrupt Bais Dins issue fraudulent seruvim and orders against Jewish husbands after deliberating in the husband’s absence. Feminist “agunah” organizations persecute and publicly embarrass Jewish husbands who are abiding by halacha. Severe halachic violations are being committed against Jewish husbands involved in divorce disputes.
AN IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE
The most important principle is: “DO NOT GO AFTER THE MAJORITY TO DO EVIL” (Shemos 23:2). Under a fraudulent guise of helping “agunos”, various feminists and feminist groups attempt to enlist uninformed but well meaning Jews into their harassment campaigns against Jewish men. These feminists and their rabbis are causing a multitude of coerced and invalid GITTIN, and are promoting severe violations of Torah law.
“The situation in America with regard to permitting married women to remarry is dreadful. ” These are the words of HaRav Shlomo Eliyahu Miller, Rosh Kollel and Av Beis Din of Kollel Toronto, Canada, one of the most prominent poskim in North America, as quoted in an interview with Yated Ne’eman.
HOW TO DETECT IF YOU ARE BEING MANIPULATED BY CORRUPT RABBIS, ORGANIZATIONS, OR INDIVIDUALS
IF YOU ARE TOLD A WOMAN IS AN “AGUNAH”
If you are told by any rabbis, persons, or “agunah” groups that any men should be shunned or harassed because they have not given a GET to their wives, it is critical to ask several questions before assisting these groups or persons:
- Did a Bais Din rule that the husband is “chayav l’garesh”, ie is required to give a GET? (Only a Bais Din, not a sole rabbi, can rule “chayav l’garesh”).
- Did the husband agree in writing to appear before that particular Bais Din?
- Did the Bais Din hear the husband’s testimony and discuss the case in his presence?
- Is the psak in writing that the husband is “chayav l’garesh”? (Do not accept verbal claims which are not in writing).
- Was the Bais Din a reputable Bais Din that operates according to the Shulchan Aruch and major poskim?
- Did the wife refrain from litigating in civil court, or refrain from using restraining orders?
If the answer to any of these questions is NO, the husband is probably NOT required to give his wife a GET, the wife is not an “agunah”, and any coercion against the husband may produce an invalid GET. If you are involved in coercing Gittin against halacha, you may be causing terrible aveiros of adultery and mamzerus!
A woman cannot litigate in civil court, and then demand that her husband appear before a Bais Din only to do a GET. If the Bais Din Plaintiff was litigating in civil courts, the Bais Din Defendant would not be required to answer the Plaintiff’s hazmanah, and a seruv should not be issued (See KolKoreh-Archaos )
IF YOU ARE TOLD A RAV ISSUED A RULING
A Jew having a dispute with another Jew is allowed to send the other Jew a summons to Bais Din. However, one party to a dispute cannot obtain an ex-parte (one sided) psak from their rav or Bais Din and impose it on another party who did not agree to appear before that rav or Bais Din. If you are told any rav, no matter how prominent, has issued an opinion about any divorce case or dispute, it is critical to ask:
- Is this Rav’s psak in writing?
- Did both parties to the dispute actually agree to appear before that rav or Bais Din to accept his psak?
- Is the agreement in writing?
- Did both parties actually appear before that Rav or Bais Din and actually present their testimony?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, the “psak” probably has no validity.
IF YOU ARE TOLD SOMEONE IS “IN CHEREM”
Fraudulent seruvim are becoming common, and are being relied upon to impose unjust community sanctions against Jewish men. These seruvim may lack the name, address, and phone number of a real Bais Din, or else were invalid because the husband was willing to appear before another Bais Din, or else were invalid because the wife was in civil court at the time of the seruv. Enforcement of seruvim against women has become rare or non-existent.
- If you are told that any persons are “in cherem”, or a “seruv” has issued against them, it is critical to ask the following:
- Is the so-called seruv in writing?
- Does the “seruv” contain at the minimum – the name, address, phone number, and seal of a reputable Bais Din?
- Does it state that the mesarev was summoned three times and refused to appear before ANY Bais Din?
- Does the “seruv” state a legitimate reason for its issuance?
- Did the Bais Din Plaintiff refrain from litigating in civil court?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, the “seruv” probably has no validity. If you ostracize the so-called mesarev, you may be doing a terrible aveirah!
PUBLICIZE THE MOSRIM
In a perversion of Torah law, persons involved with mesirah against other Jews are being welcomed into the shuls, while their victims (usually men) are being banned from the shuls. A serious problem exists of “Orthodox” rabbis who are allowing and/or encouraging Jews to use civil courts and police in violation of halacha. As stated in the Kolkoreh-70Rabbis signed by many Gadolim, “It is a mitzva to publicize the names and addresses of Jewish mosrim and their supporters, in order for Jews to know from whom to stay away.”
Regarding any rabbis who may be allowing or encouraging Jewish women to use civil courts, or who may be acting in concert with mosrim, the Kol Koreh KolKoreh-Archaos states:
“… their halachic rulings are void, and all their HECHSHERIM are void, and all their bread is PAS AKUM, and their wine is YAYIN NESECH, and it is forbidden to daven by them, until they will publicly repent from their evil ways…”