Sunday, August 18, 2013

Civil Marriage


[This case is not as practical as the ones I usually cite, but the lesson is important.]

In a case  in which a couple received a civil divorce but not a Jewish divorce, and then they wish to remain together but they do not want to have a secular official "marry" them civilly, a rabbi may not perform a Jewish wedding for them. The concern is lest people think that the civil divorce constituted a valid Jewish divorce as well.

A rabbi may fill out their marriage license, with witnesses; it is only the religious ceremony that we avoid.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 2:44)

Have a great day,

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