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Lot #    17069
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 12:34:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Seeking approval of Hetter Me'ah Rabbanim
Title (Hebrew)    כתב אודות היתר מאה רבנים מג' ארצות
Author    [Ms. - Women]
City    Zurich
Publication Date    c. 1952
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1] p., 297:210 mm., wide margins, creased on folds, light age staining, printed form, signed in ink.
   R. Benjamin Zev Weiss, rabbi of Zurich, writes an associate to approve a "Hetter Me'ah Rabbanim" for a gentleman that the Bet Din of Zurich has determined is eligible to receive same. The "Hetter" is utilized to relieve a man from the Herem de-Rabbenu Gershom againt bigamy. After the Bet Din has decided that a release from the herem should be granted, the matter is referred to 100 rabbis of three "countries" (Ozar ha-Posekim, EH 1:61, 9) for approval and, if so approved, the hetter takes effect. As a preliminary, the husband is required to deposit with the court a get for his first wife, together with an irrevocable authority for the court to have the get delivered to his first wife as soon as she is able and willing to receive it from an agent appointed by the husband at the request of the court. However, in the case where the hetter is given because of the first wife's insanity, it is customary to give her a new get when she recovers, rather than the one previously deposited with the court, as some doubt could be cast on the latter's validity, since it was the wife's insanity that made it impossible to deliver the get to her originally and there may therefore possibly be other legal objections to its validity. The deposited get is usually only delivered to her if she is in danger of becoming a deserted wife (see Agunah; Arukh ha-Shulhan, EH 1:26; Ozar ha-Posekim, EH 1:72, 30–31). Furthermore, the husband is also generally required to deposit with the court the amount of the wife's ketubbah in cash or provide adequate security (Bah, EH 119; Sh. Ar., EH; Beit Shemu'el 1, n. 23; Arukh ha-Shulhan, EH 1:25; Ozar ha-Posekim, 1:72, 23–24). Some authorities are of the opinion that the husband must also deposit with the court, or adequately secure in like manner, such sum as the court may determine to cover the wife's maintenance and medical expenses (Ozar ha-Posekim, EH 1:72, 29).

The letter contains the facts of the case as determined by the Zurich Bet Din and the appropriate halakhic references to allow the Hetter Me'ah Rabbanim to be granted.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Other:    Women
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica