Rabbonim Come Out Against Prenups

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Rabbi Avraham Sherman, a former member of the Great Rabbinical Court and a talmid of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, on Sunday joined those voicing opposition to prenuptial agreements.

The rabbi signed off on a joint letter recently published by a group of charedi rabbonim strongly opposing prenuptial agreements, which in recent years have become common among modern Orthodox circles in the US such as the Rabbinical Council of America.

According to the charedi rabbis who signed on to the public letter, a get (divorce) given after a prenuptial agreement has been enacted is considered to be a get meuseh (a divorce granted against the husband’s wishes), and is invalid. Read more at Arutz Sheva.


{Matzav.com Israel}


  1. Two years ago when this was in the news I went to their website and looked over the prenup. It was completely one sided, laying all penalties on the men. Nothing addressing infractions by women. I sent the bais din a letter and asked them , “doesn’t it hurt your cause to create a document that looks like it was written by a man hating feminist?” The answer I received was “there is a version like the one you are requesting. Its available upon request”
    Frankly, even setting aside the halachic issues ,I would not let my own children sign such a blatantly biased document

  2. It is important to note that this is dealing with a specific type of pre-nuptial agreement: one that imposes penalties on the husband if he refuses to give a get to his wife when ordered to do so by a beis din.

    It does not have anything to do with the more conventional pre-nup that deals with financial issues in case of a breakup of the family.

  3. I don’t know the halachic ramifications of a prenup agreements but having read a few pro prenup articles with the proposed prenups, I think any man who signs it is nuts.

    Basically they impose sanctions on the husband if his wife walks out on him until he gives a get (unless she refuses to go to a BD) Conversely if he walks out on her… he is once again subject to the exact same sanctions.

  4. The correct headline would read “SOME Rabbonim…”. R”H Schachter and R”M Willig are substantial authorities on whom to rely. Eilu v’eilu.

  5. You can add the list of matirim the Posek who gets all the difficult Agunah Shaales of our generation
    Hagoan R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg

  6. The kalla is from rich parents she/they should pay the chosen , with this prenuptial the chosen gets nothing. I didn’t do anything and j should be blamed?


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