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Tzohar Rabbis Call For Social Change and Intensify Campaign for

Heskem M’Ahava Prenuptial Agreements

 

(JERUSALEM- August, 12, 2016) As the Jewish calendar prepares to mark Tu B’Av, the 15th of the month of Av, known as the Jewish Day of Love, the TZOHAR Rabbinical Organization has announced an intensified campaign to encourage marrying couples to sign a halachic pre-nuptial agreement.  

 

According to Rabbi Uriel Ganzel, who directs the Heskem M’Ahava “Agreement from Love” program for Tzohar, signing such a contract is the ultimate realization of true love between partners in a marriage.  “The reality is that when a man and woman embark on a new life together and are united in love, it is critical that they appreciate at that very moment that we can never know where the future will take us,” he says.  “That realization requires that couples have the vision and compassion for one another to sign the agreement and save any potential discomfort later in life.”

 

With the reality indicating that nearly one in three Israeli divorces includes a struggle to give or receive a get, the TZOHAR Heskem M’Ahava was drafted by rabbinical and legal authorities in memory of Belda Kaufman Lindenbaum with the specific goal of avoiding issues like get refusal – where one partner in a marriage refuses to divorce the other. The agreement is also written to address the “aguna” crisis where a partner’s whereabouts are undetermined either due to tragedy or a decision to abandon their spouse.  To date, close to 1,000 couples have signed the agreement and the new campaign is designed to highlight the need for signature of this or similar agreements among all Jewish couples — both in Israel and around the world.

 

“To ignore the fact that these situations can and do occur would be a major failing on the part of any young couple,” says Rabbi David Stav, Founder and President of TZOHAR. “Our program ensures that people know the options and do what is necessary to promote a solid relationship defined by understanding, respect and love.”

 

Rabbi Ganzel says that while some couples approach the issue of a Halachic prenuptial agreement as a sign that something is lacking in their commitment to one another, his experience shows that just the opposite is true.  “With a simple signature, you are demonstrating the ultimate in trust by saving your loved one from the types of pain that none of us can foresee,” he says.  “But even more so, by encouraging the continued growth in popularity of this agreement you can play a part in a real social revolution that we believe will eventually rid society of the challenges of get refusal and agunot.”

Tzohar has very substantial experience dealing with the topic of love and couples’ relationships.  Now commemorating their 20th year in operation, TZOHAR has already performed over 50,000 weddings.  September 2016 will be the busiest month in the organization’s history with more than 600 weddings scheduled to be performed that month by TZOHAR rabbis. 

 

The agreement and more information can be viewed at http://www.tzohar.org.il/heskemeahava2/en/homepage/Wedding arch a

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