Today in LA, on Taanit Esther, a rally will take place outside the home of a Meir Kin to convince him that after four years, it is about time to give his wife a get. The unseemly details are not pretty – but if you want the full story, you can read them after the break.
Where: 356 N. Poinsettia Pl.
When: Monday, Mar. 9th 5:00-6:00pm
From the Meirkin.com website which has all the background documents.
Meir Kin has been separated from his wife for over four years. Yet he refuses to grant her a Jewish divorce. Without a Jewish divorce (get, in Hebrew) she cannot remarry.
The get consists of twelve lines of text, contains no declaration of faith, and can be completed at no cost to Meir.
Leading Psychologists describe the withholdinig of a get as a form of spousal abuse.
We mean no harm to Meir. He has moved on with his life. We rally in hope that Meir will give Lonna a get allowing her to move on with hers.
To the Los Angeles Jewish Community,
ORA: The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, is organizing a rally to protest the abusive behavior of Meir Kin, who is mesarev le-din by the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC). Our posek, Rav Hershel Schachter, shlit”a, fully supports our work in pressuring Mr. Kin to give a valid get to his wife, Lonna.
Though the couple has been separated for over 4 years, all other outstanding issues have been resolved, and a civil divorce has been granted, Meir refuses to appear before a respected beit din to issue a get to his wife. Therefore, we are organizing a peaceful protest rally for Taanit Esther, Monday, March 9th at 5:00pm at the home of Rabbi Yitzchok and Mrs. Yedda Kin (356 N. Poinsettia Pl.), Meir’s parents, who continue to support and harbor Meir. Meir lives with his parents when not in Sacramento (where he is currently employed) and is at their house nearly every weekend.
We would greatly appreciate any support which you could provide towards our efforts. Beside for impacting this specific case, this rally will make a critically important statement to the Los Angeles Jewish community about respect for halakha and the plight of agunot. Therefore, we expect that you will join us at the rally. Please encourage your fellow congregants, students, friends, and family to be there as well.
We would like to take this opportunity to clarify the basic history of this case:
Upon receiving permission from Agudas Harabbonim, Lonna filed for divorce in the New York civil courts on December 16, 2004 and requested a get from Meir. He refused.
Meir submitted to the beit din of Rabbi Moshe Gobioff (Even Hamishpot), and Lonna submitted to the beit din of Agudas Harabbonim. At the same time that Rabbi Gobioff’s beit din sent her a seruv, Agudas Harabbonim sent Meir his first hazmana, and Rabbi Gobioff eventually retracted the seruv against her. The two batei din tried to arrange a zabla, but Meir refused to attend, so Agudas Harabbonim issued a seruv against him on March 22, 2006.
Meir moved to Los Angeles, so Lonna signed a shtar berurin with the RCC beit din on December 20, 2006. Meir refused to appear before the RCC, and a seruv was issued against him on March 26, 2007. Despite Lonna’s attempts to settle all issues in beit din (and having discontinued the divorce proceedings in civil court, the motion of which was filed on June 14, 2006), Meir filed for divorce in the Los Angeles Supreme Court on May 2, 2007, precisely 6 months after he declared residency in California thereby making him eligible to file in court there. Unlike in New York, where the Get Law would have assured that Lonna would receive her get, there are no provisions in California family courts which assure the provision of a get.
As you can see, this case has an unfortunately long history. The bottom line is that all divorce issues have been settled, yet Meir refuses to issue a get from a respected beit din. Instead, he has received a heter me’a rabbanim from the beit din of Rabbi Tzvi Dov Abraham, who claims that a get is available for Lonna to pick up. However, Abraham has stated that the get will be available for her on condition that she submits to a binding din Torah with Abraham’s beit din to rehash all divorce matters that have already been settled, including child custody. Abraham is notorious for assisting husbands in extorting exorbitant sums from their wives in exchange for gittin. Therefore, the Rabbanut in Israel, the RCC, the Beth Din of America, Agudas Harabbonim, and Rabbi Moshe Green (rosh yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Monsey) have all stated explicitly that they do not recognize gittin issued by Abraham and his beit din. Essentially, Meir has chosen to issue a get to his wife from the one corrupt beit din which everyone agrees not to recognize. He has refused to attend any other beit din to issue the get.
Upon request, we will provide documentation.
A rally is the last thing that we would like to do. For nearly three years, ORA attempted to resolve this situation peacefully through mediation. Tragically, we are now left with no choice but to apply significant communal pressure. Meir Kin refuses to comply with Halakha, and the Kin family remains resolute in their support for Meir and his abusive, contemptible behavior.
Please join us on Taanit Esther. This rally will make a difference. For more information, of if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send an email to Rally@MeirKin.com, call us at 212-795-0791, or visit this rally’s website at www.MeirKin.com.
The ORA Team