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Lot #    9115
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 3:15:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Jacob Meir Biderman
Title (Hebrew)    מכתב מה'ר יעקב מאיר בידערמאן, חתן השפת אמת
Author    [Ms. - Hasidim - Women]
City    Warsaw
Publication Date    1936
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2] pp., 352:217 mm., few tears affecting several words, creased on folds, typerwritten on stationary, signed in ink and dated.
   Bet Din letter by the son in law of the Rebbe of Gur to the Tel Aviv rabbinate not to proceed with a "Heter Meah Rabbonim" in the case of an estranged husband who refuses to grant a divorce as he will have to pay alimony.

"Heter Meah Rabbonim" is a vehicle utilized to circumvent the general prohibition against polygamy. Relying on the principle of endeavoring to prevent matrimonial strife (which principle had already been well developed in talmudic law) Rabbenu Gershom b. Judah and his court enacted the takkanah prohibiting a man from marrying an additional wife unless specifically permitted to do so on special grounds by at least 100 rabbis from three "countries." This takkanah, known as the Herem de-Rabbenu Gershom, also prohibited a husband from divorcing his wife against her will. Estranged husbands have on occasion attempted to use the heter as a method of receiving permission to marry a second wife.

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20th Century:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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