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Ein Tenai b'Nesu'in (conditional marriage), R. Judah Lubetsky; Vilna 1930

ספר אין תנאי בנשואין - Only Edition - Women

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  • Lot Number 53087
  • Title (English) Ein Tenai b'Nesu'in (conditional marriage)
  • Title (Hebrew) ספר אין תנאי בנשואין
  • Note Only Edition - Women
  • Author R. Judah Lubetsky
  • City Vilna
  • Publisher דפוס קרינס-קובלסקי
  • Publication Date 1930
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2305768
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Physical Description   

Only edition. [8], 56 pp. quarto 230:180 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern wrappers.


Detailed Description   

Only edition of this work on conditional marriage to solve the Agunah issue. The French and Turkish rabbinate, as a result of the large number of Agunot left by undocumented WWI dead soldiers and the subsequent emigration of men to foreign lands seeking economic advancement, sought to institute conditional marriage agreements in the marriage ceremony, to prevent Agunot. In halacha conditional divorce has roots in the Talmud and all decisors that followed, conditional marriage however was a totally new concept which elicited the harsh response of this booklet, where 400 rabbis decree against it.

An Agunah is a married woman who for whatsoever reason is separated from her husband and cannot remarry, either because she cannot obtain a divorce from him, or because it is unknown whether he is still alive. The term is also applied to a yevamah ("a levirate widow";), if she cannot obtain ḥaliẓah from the levir or if it is unknown whether he is still alive (Git. 26b, 33a; Yev. 94a; and Posekim). The problem of the agunah is one of the most complex in halakhic discussions and is treated in great detail in halakhic literature. It is a basic rule of halakhah that facts are to be determined on the testimony of two witnesses. However, the Mishnah already attributes to R. Gamaliel the Elder the takkanah that when a husband is missing because of war, and his fate is unknown, the wife may be permitted to remarry on the testimony of only one witness to his death (Yev. 16:7). Although somewhat later R. Eliezer and R. Joshua disagreed with this ruling, at the time of R. Gamaliel of Jabneh it was again determined (ibid.) not only that one witness was sufficient but also that hearsay evidence might be admitted, as well as the evidence of a woman, a slave, a handmaiden, or a relative (which classes were otherwise legally incompetent as witnesses). The legal explanation given for these far-reaching rules is that it is to be presumed that a person will not give false testimony on a matter which is likely to come to light, since the husband, if still alive, will undoubtedly reappear sooner or later (Yev. 93b; Maim., Yad, Gerushin 12:15). Moreover, it may be assumed that the wife herself will endeavor to make sure of her husband's death before remarrying, since she will become prohibited to both men if it later transpires that her first husband is still alive, and her other rights, especially pecuniary ones, will be affected too (v. infra; Yev. 87b; Sh. Ar., EH 17:3, 56). Another reason given is that a relaxation of the law is appropriate in times of danger, the possibility that a woman may remain an agunah being deemed to be such a time of danger. Finding a way for permitting an agunah to remarry is deemed a great mitzvah (Responsa Asheri, 51:2). Indeed, an onerous application of the law, without justification, and in cases where there is no suspicion of deception, is regarded not only as a failure to perform a mitzvah, but even as a transgression (Responsa Maimonides, ed. Freiman, 159; Sh. Ar., EH 17:21, Isserles). However, in view of the danger of legalizing a possibly adulterous union, it is customary for an agunah to be permitted to remarry only after consultation with, and consent having been obtained from, other leading scholars (Sh. Ar. ibid. 34; Isserles and other commentators).


Hebrew Description

ספר אין תנאי בנשואין : כולל בירור הלכה ומכתבי מחאה מאת גדולי זקני הדור שעבר נגד תנועת איזה רבנים בצרפת לעשות תנאי בנשואין, עם חתימות ידם של יותר מארבע מאות רבנים... מכל הארצות. נערך ונסדר בראשונה בשנת ה’ תרס"ח ע"י הרב... מו"ה יהודא לובעצקי ז"ל <שהי’ לקהל רוסיא ופולין ורומניא בפאריז>, ועתה יצא לאור מסודר ומתוקן... על ידי אהרן דוב אלטר וואראנאווסקי...




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