To all readers of Agunah and Her Get.com,
First, we want to thank Agunah and her Get for all the wonderful services they provide for Agunos throughout Canada, U.S.A and the world. Your work is needed in Jewish Communities everywhere. May Hashem bless everyone involved in your organization, with long life, health, nachas and simchos in your families. Know that the entire Monsey, Midwood, Flatbush,and Bensonhurst Jewish communities support all you are doing. It is unbelievable how many people want to help. You have tapped into a groundswell of support that has been waiting to find a way in which to channel their pent up frustration with how Agunos are being treated. Kol Hakavod and may you go from strength to strength.
We have known Elana for many years.
We grew up together in New Hempstead, New York (Monsey), and went to the same schools, Bais Yaakov of Monsey, Neve Yerushalayim (Israel), Long Island University, N.Y.U., and are neighbors in the Jewish community of Midwood (Brooklyn, New York). Some of our kids attend the same school as Elana’s.We have always viewed Elana as a frum woman who conducts herself according to Orthodox Jewish law, we all adhere to.
We have sympathy for the terrible situation she is in.
We can not understand why, since her marriage is over, she should not be granted a Get as expeditiously as possible in a Jewish Court of Law, a Beis Din, as this is what is expected by those who adhere to Orthodox Jewish law. If Elana is not given her Get, she is called in Orthodox Jewish law an Agunah (chained), which means she is forever chained until such time Elana is given a Get.
In addition, by Elana not being given her Get, she is not allowed to move on with her life and have closure. She can not date, or if she so desires, to remarry. It is cruel, inhumane, and against Orthodox Jewish law to withhold a Get.
Historically, in every instance in a couple’s life where a Get is withheld, it is either to maintain control over the Agunah, or to use it as a negotiating tool, which ends up with demands of exorbitant, biased, and unfair settlement agreements which would never stand up in a secular court on its own merit.
We have unfortunately witnessed too many situations where either one of the above instances was the case.
Please daven for Elana Masha bas Rina, that she may have a yeshua and be given her Get immediately.
Chavah Leah R.
representing the many friends of Elana Friedman Levovitz, who are behind this letter.
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