Einei HaEdah

A collection of sources to help those who don't want to buy into myths about Modern Orthodoxy, religious anti-Zionism, and other matters. NOTE: This is more of a database than a blog. NOTE #2: I refer to HaRabbanim HaGaonim Rav Moshe Feinstein, Rav Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik, and Rav Ahron HaLevi Soloveichik, Zichronam L'V'rachah, as "Rav Moshe, "the Rav," and "Rav Ahron."

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Kiddushei Ta'us--Or Just Ta'us?

A certain overseas university chancellor advocates a certain approach to "solving" the Agunah problem.

Indeed, there is a problem. However, as far as I know, that approach of his has been rejected by every major halachic authority on record:

HaGaon Rav Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik, Zatzal, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, the Agudas Yisroel, and the Badatz rejected it (vide “Unaccepted Proposals To Solve The Aguna Problem-Part IV,” by Rav Howard Jachter, found at www.tabc.org/koltorah/aguna/aguna59.7.htm); theRCA rejected it (vide Letter To RCA Membership, 10/27/98); Rav Aharon Lichtenstein rejected it (vide “Rackman’s Aguna Challenge,” by David Weinberg [7/19/98]); Rav Hershel Schachter and Rav Ovadiah Yosef rejected it (vide “Making A Farce Of The Halacha,” by Rav Hershel Schachter, posted at http://www.torahweb.org/torah/special/2001/rsch_nissuin.html); Rav J. David Bleich rejected it (vide Tradition 33:1 [cf. particularly p. 118 & n.41 on p.128]).