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Rabbi Nota Greenblatt Officiates Tamar Epstein Remarriage Without Get

Tamar Epstein, one of the catalysts in the ongoing discussion about agunot (Jewish women unable to remarry because their former husbands refuse to give them a Jewish divorce), has remarried.

Epstein married Adam Paul Fleischer in September, in Memphis, Tennessee, in a ceremony officiated by Rabbi Nota Greenblatt. Rabbi Greenblatt is a noted posek (one who hears and determines questions of Jewish law).

The issue at hand is the process by which Epstein was halachically permitted to remarry. She had obtained a civil divorce from her first husband—Aharon Friedman—in 2010, but did not receive a get. Sources say that Epstein’s halachic freedom was established when it was determined that Friedman had severe mental issues prior to the couple’s marriage which, had Epstein known about these issues, would have prevented the marriage from ever occurring originally. Despite this ruling, annulments in the rabbinate are extremely controversial, and there are those who continue to believe that Epstein and Friedman are still married.

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