A Be’er Sheva beis din ruled that the dozens of descendants of a woman who had a daughter in Israel after leaving the former Soviet Union in the ‘80s without receiving a get from her first husband were kosher and could marriage regular Jews.
Comprised of three veteran av beis dins, the beis din explained in a lengthy psak din, “We have here at least two doubts regarding the effectiveness of the marriage… according to which we can determine that she can be presumed to be unmarried and by virtue of this alone we can rule permissibly.”
“During those years, the rule of the wicked Communists was at its height and Judaism was already uprooted for dozens of years beforehand,” the dayonim explained. “Therefore, in the ‘60s, the witnesses could be presumed to be ignoramuses and public Shabbos desecrators.”
The dayonim added that the person who arranged the marriage was a chazzan unqualified for the purpose, one witness was a relative and the other was unobservant, and it was unclear whether the wedding ring belonged to the husband before he used it in the ceremony.