Rabbinic Endorsements

The Prenup has been endorsed by a number of leading poskim (Jewish legal authorities).  These include:

Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg (Member, Beth Din of Yerushalayim)

Rabbi Yitzchok Liebes, zt”l
(former Av Beth Din, Iggud HaRabbonim)

Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz
(Av Beth Din of the Beth Din of America)

Rabbi Osher Weiss
(Rosh Kollel, Machon Minchas Osher L’Torah V’Horaah)
Click here to see Rabbi Osher Weiss’s approbation of The Prenup

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, zt"l
(former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel)

Rabbi Chaim Zimbalist
(Member, Beth Din of Tel Aviv)

Leading roshei yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, including Rabbi Hershel Schachter, have issued a statement endorsing halachic prenuptial agreements generally.
Click here to view a letter signed by RIETS roshei yeshiva in March 2012

In 1993 and 1998, the Rabbinical Council of America passed resolutions encouraging the use of prenuptial agreements such as The Prenup. In 2006, the Rabbinical Council of America passed a resolution declaring that rabbis should not officiate at a wedding where a proper prenuptial agreement has not been executed.

Click here to view the 1993 resolution

Click here to view the 1998 resolution

Click here to view the 2006 resolution


Origins of The Prenup

The Prenup was drafted by Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Sgan Av Beth Din of the Beth Din of America, and a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, in consultation with halachic and legal experts. The concepts contained in The Prenup predate 1994, when it was introduced. In 1664, Rabbi Shmuel Ben David Moshe Halevi, the rabbi of Bamberg, Germany, published a compilation of Jewish legal forms called the Nachalas Shiva. One of the forms in that book is a version of the tana’im, a Jewish wedding document, with a provision that is very similar to The Prenup. In a footnote to that provision, the Nachalas Shiva cites some authorities who held that the provision dates back to the Takanos Shum, the authoritative communal enactments adopted in the early Middle Ages by the leaders of the German communities of Speyer, Worms and Mayence.