Bais Din Releases IAF Romania Crash Widows as Agunos


rabbi-shlomo-amarA special beis din was convened today upon the completion of the shloshim for the six IAF airmen killed in a crash in Romania. It issued a final confirmation of the deaths of the airmen, in order to release the widows of their status as agunos and enable them to remarry, if at some future date they choose to do so.


The beis din included the Chief Sephardic Rabbi, Rav Shlomo Amar; Dayan Shlomo Dichovsky and Brig.-Gen. Rafi Peretz, Chief IDF Rabbi. The court heard the testimony of the Military Rabbinate’s and Medical Corps’ identification experts, who presented clear evidence regarding the deaths of all six men.


The IDF’s chief rabbis have a tradition of forming special  botei din for final identification of fallen soldiers and release of their almanos. The first such special beis din was formed by then-Chief IDF Rabbi Major-General Gad Navon during the Yom Kippur War. The beis din included Rav Ovadiah Yosef, then Chief Sephardic Rabbi.

{Read more at Arutz Shevah}



  1. To #1. The headline was mistaken, it did not mean to say they were released AS agunos, but rather that they were released from remaining agunos. I agree, the editor would do well to learn some English.