Staten Island, NY – On the heels a public plea last week from a 24 year-old New Jersey agunah who claims her civilly divorced 27 year-old Orthodox Jewish husband refuses to grant her a get, the father-in-law is speaking out, saying the fallout from the incident has left his family “horrified.”
SILIVE.com (http://bit.ly/19RN057) reports that plea from the agunah, Gita Dodelson, has sparked a firestorm of negative reaction across social media for Avrohom Meir Wiess and his family, forcing his father, Rabbi Yosaif Asher Weiss of Prince’s Bay, to speak publicly on the matter.
“Our family is horrified by the vitriol, lies and hate that permeate Gital’s article,” said Rabbi Weiss. “It is full of misinformation and outright fabrications, as well as untruths.”
“This is a very, very heart wrenching and ongoing dispute. We’ve been trying desperately to resolve this for a long time. This has destroyed my family health wise and destroyed my family financially,” said Weiss, whose grandfather was the renowned scholar Rabbi Moshe Feinstein.
Weiss said his biggest regret is that the issue is now leaving an easily accessible Internet trail for his grandson.
“We have a grandchild here, the sweetest child you will ever meet, who doesn’t understand any of this, who one day is going to grow up and have to read this,” Weiss said. “We don’t want him to think that we could ever say anything bad against his mother, no matter what she did.”
Weiss said the Internet fallout, mainly Facebook and Twitter, has also called for boycotts of the religious publishing house Artscroll, where he has worked for years.
A Facebook page now running, titled “Free Gital: Tell Avrohom Meir Weiss to Give His Wife a ‘Get,’ has generated thousands of likes and responses, leaving Weiss reeling, and saying only that the process is ongoing, and that he hopes it will be resolved soon.
“We do not wish to respond in kind, nor to jeopardize delicate negotiations by discussing them publicly, but we remain hopeful that the entire matter including the get will be resolved very soon, so that Avrohom and Gital can get on with their lives.” said Weiss.