Meeting Held at Rav Elyashiv’s Home On Issue of Civil Marriage for Non-Jews


rav-elyashiv1A meeting was held last night at the home of the posek hador, Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, to discuss the issue of allowing civil marriage for non-Jews in Israel. The meeting was attended by a number of rabbonim, including Rav Elyashiv’s son-in-law, Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein, rov of Ramat Elchonon in Bnei Brak and prolific mechaber seforim.¬†

Ashkenazi chief rabbi Rav Yonah Metzger and the Israeli Rabbinate had said prior that they would no make a decision until Rav Elyashiv’s p’sak was made clear, calling it “Kodesh Kodoshim.”

The meeting was held in light of demands by Avigdor Lieberman and the Yisroel Beiteinu party to allow civil marriage in Israel. The fear has been, as has been quoted in the name of Rav Elyashiv in the past, that if the rabbonim would permit civil marriages between non-Jews, a precedent could be set for the High Court in Israel which might then permit civil marriage between Jews, and the disastrous consequences of that are obvious.

Rav Elyashiv heard recommendations and he’aros from the rabbonim and then stated that civil marriage could be permitted amongst non-Jews only if they go to a beis din to confirm their non-Jewish lineage. That is, the Chief Rabbinate would have to ensure that there is no Jewish lineage to any of the parties involved. Rav Elyashiv expressed that there should be no Jewish involvement in the actual marriage ceremony; it should be conducted by a non-Jew. Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman later told the rabbonim the same thing – that there should be no Jewish involvement in the ceremony or any other aspect of the marriage between the non-Jews.

UTJ representatives had previously said that they could not participate in Coalition talks until this issue was resolved and a p’sak from Rav Elyashiv was received.

{Yair Israel}


  1. why did you omit about the meeting the same night with the gerrer rebbe, you may have hatred to him, but are you doing honost reporting?