Mock Wedding Requires Couple to Get Divorce


wedding-ringA 17-year-old teen boy who gave a 14-year-old girl a ring and pronounced, “Harei at mekudeshes lee betabaas zu kedas Moshe v’Yisroel” in the presence of two eidim has been instructed by the Yerushalayim Regional Rabbinical Court to divorce her. After the young couple held their “wedding,” the boy’s family became concerned that if they would not obtain a divorce , they would not be able to get married again to other people.  They therefore implored their son and the girl to separate , but the girl refused, saying she wanted to continue the relationship until she is 17, at which time they would be able to hold a formal wedding.

The boy’s relatives then offered her financial compensation, and she eventually agreed after receiving 10,000 shekel  (roughly $2,500) from the parents.

The Rabbinical Courts’ Executive Council said in a statement that the couple was the youngest ever to receive a divorce in Israel. “The council hopes that following the publication of this incident, in which a foolish act between a boy and a girl has led to marriage and divorce, would stop similar cases from happening in the future.”

Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Dahan, director of the Rabbinic Court Administration, said that the incident should serve as a warning to other youngsters that “marriage is not a joke but a serious commitment that should not be taken lightly.”

 {Ynet Report/Yair Israel}