IBD Decisions

Below is a selection of cases, reflecting various manifestations of gett refusal, that have come to the International Beit Din during the past few years. In the first two cases, the full p’sak is presented. Additionally, you will find brief summaries of eight other cases. The IBD is unable to resolve all situations that are brought before it and we present the summary of one such case as well.

  • Case #136/2016
  • 21 March 2016
  • 11 Adar II, 5776

To preserve the confidentiality of the parties involved in this case, names and dates have been changed.

In December 2015, the woman known as G. turned to us, the International Beit Din, appealing to us to release her from the chains of her igun.

G. (the plaintiff) and her husband, known as P., were married on 22 January 1989, in a ceremony conducted by a Reconstructionist rabbi and were subsequently civilly married on 11.3.1989. From the v...

  • Case #147/2016
  • 14 April 2016
  • 6 Nissan 5776

To preserve the confidentiality of the parties involved in this case, names and dates have been changed.
The plaintiff, Mrs. M. P. (hereinafter: the plaintiff) appeared before us, the International Beit Din, seeking relief from the tragedy that has befallen her. She is a young woman, 25 years old, who was married four years ago (25 Menachem Av 5772, 13.8.2012) to the respondent, Mr. B.R. (hereinafter: the respondent)....

Approximately a year into the marriage, according to the wife’s representation, the husband admitted to her that something was wrong with him and therefore decided to proceed to have therapy.

As she communicated to us, during the marriage the husband allegedly engaged in risky driving, sometimes wearing headphones and texting while...

The wife alleges that prior to the wedding her husband transgressed the Shabbat, did not observe the laws of kashruth and she had fights with him when he brought nonkosher food into the house. Her allegation concerning his Shabbat transgression was corroborated by six individuals, his consumption of nonkosher food was corroborated by two ...

The focus of our deliberation centers upon the wife’s argument regarding her husband’s refusal to engage in conjugal relations. In her presentation to this panel, she claims that her husband was incapable of ejaculation, generally there existed no intimate relations between her husband and at the end of the day, the husband desired t...

The kiddushin (halakhic betrothal) was finalized when the hatan, (the groom) placed a ring on the kallah’s, (the bride’s) index finger of the bride’s right hand while pronouncing “ harei at mekuuddeshet li betaba’at zo, kedat Moshe ve-Yisrael”. Based upon a viewing the video of the ...

Reviewing the pictures of the marriage ceremony, we found that under the Chupah were the parents of the affianced couple, two relatives from the kallah’s family, one relative from the husband’s family, one adult male Jew who was unrelated to anybody under the Chupah and possibly Torah-observant and the rabbi who officiated at the wed...

A wife requested from the panel whether there would be grounds to void the marriage based upon the fact that she contracted from her spouse a sexually transmitted disease called human papilloma virus (hereafter: HPV) which her husband contracted prior to the marriage and failed to disclose to her that he had HPV prior to their marriage. Subseque...

Husband engaged in acts of pedophilia with his step daughters. Upon becoming aware of his inappropriate behavior, during April 2012 his wife directed him to leave the marital home.

Summary for resolution:

Given that the husband refused to give a get for over four years, we obligated him to give his wife a ...