Friday, September 21, 2012

Opinion: A Way To Solve The Agunah Problem

Judaith Hauptman and Phyllis H. Waldmann
A few months ago my friend and co-author called to say that when going through the papers of her deceased mother, she came across an envelope postmarked Oct. 20, 1936. Upon carefully opening it, she found a document written in German with the word “Halitzah” at the top. Although not knowing what the document was, she detected certain similarities to her parents’ ketubah, which she had restored in 1985 on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Curiously, the ketubah and the halitzah document were witnessed by the same men on the same day, Oct. 27, 1935, the date of her parents’ wedding in Wurzburg, Germany. A little research by us uncovered the significance of the second document. -- Judith Hauptman and Phyllis H. Waldmann, NY Jewish Week

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