After Serving 19-Year Sentence, Get Refuser Returns To Meah Shearim

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    JERUSALEM (VosIzNeias) — Meir Gorodzki, the longest-serving Get Refuser in Israel, who has spent the last 19 years in jail after refusing to grant a Get to his wife, was released from jail Wednesday and immediately returned to the Chabad Shul in Meah Shearim where he had davened previously.

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    In 1998 , Gorodzki refused to grant a Get to his wife and after continuous refusals was imprisoned in accordance with Israeli law. During the course of his incarceration, numerous extreme sanctions were enforced against him and he was deprived of many of his rights, but nothing persuaded him to grant a Get.

    Gorodzki was placed in difficult conditions and was held together with prisoners accused of violent crimes.He was also prevented from keeping personal possessions, making telephone calls or receiving visits. He was even held in isolation for extended periods, but still refused to comply with the demand for a Get.

    A new indictment was submitted against Gorodzki in September 2018, and in April 2019 the Jerusalem Magistrates Court sentenced him to an additional 15 months in jail as well as a 7-month suspended sentence.

    In June 2018, a private Beis Din annulled Tzivia Gorodzki’s marriage after it declared that one of the witnesses at her wedding was invalid. The Dayanim also claimed that Gorodzki, who suffered severe physical abuse during the marriage, would never have agreed to marry had she known Gorodzki’s real personality and that, in contravention of Halakha, she herself bought the wedding ring and it was not the property of her husband prior to the wedding.

    The decision has not been accepted by the Rabbinate and the State of Israel but Tzivia Gorodzki now considers herself single and has revoked her demand from the rabbinate to require her former husband to grant a Get.

     


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    Truth
    Truth
    4 years ago

    I’m sorry to say I’m not sure who’s worse this lowlife dead beat husband, or the so called Bais Din who let a married woman get remarried. They just annulled the marriage, that’s rubbish.

    Only more questions
    Only more questions
    4 years ago

    So is this woman actually divorced lehalacha or not will her children be mamzerima and she and her new husband be chaiyiv kares or not? EDITOR’S NOTE: DO NOT CONFUSE A MAMZER WITH A BASTARD. A MAMZER IS NOT A PRODUCT OF AN OUT OF WEDLOCK MARRIAGE.

    PaulinSaudi
    PaulinSaudi
    4 years ago

    A wife beater? I would just as soon keep him locked up.

    Game
    Game
    4 years ago

    When I’ll se them locking up mothers who withhold children from the father I’ll know they mean justice. Until then all this is just another example of folding to a radical feminist agenda.

    Jack
    Jack
    4 years ago

    Here’s how you solve this dilemma. Start chopping off one finger at a time and then move to the toes until this lowlife signs on the dotted line. Problem solved.

    uneducated
    uneducated
    4 years ago

    Now that she claims she was never legally married to him she should reimburse him for the time and pain she caused him. If she was never married as she claims he never had any obligation to give her a get. Poset.

    Nachum
    Nachum
    4 years ago

    There are fools on this site, who have the same archaic attitudes towards women, as the Taliban, Isis, and the religious police in Saudi Arabia. A shanda that this is so, in this day and age.

    Samwell
    Samwell
    4 years ago

    Let him choose. Does he want his wife to be a divorcee or a widow?

    Sol Liss
    Sol Liss
    4 years ago

    His shul will probably give him Pesicha at Neila this Yom Kippur.