To all readers of AgunahandHerGet.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 Flatbush (Brooklyn, New York) Jewish community supports 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 Aviva for many years.
We went to school together in the Yeshiva of Flatbush, Shulamith (Brooklyn, New York), Seminar Bais Yakov Chadash (Brooklyn, New York), Adelphai University (Long Island, New York), and are neighbors in the Jewish community of Flatbush.
We have always viewed Aviva 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 Aviva is not given her Get,
she is called, in Orthodox Jewish law, an Agunah (chained), which means she
is forever chained until such time Aviva is given a Get.
In addition, by Aviva 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, 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 Aviva bas Esther, that she may have a yeshua and be given her Get immediately.
Chaya Suri P.
representing the many friends of Aviva Kaplan-Wallach who are behind this letter.
If any readers of the above letter would like to assist this Agunah in receiving her Get and require more detailed information, please send an email to the website.