Rabbi Yosaif Asher Weiss
Father Of Haredi Get Refuser Blames Daughter-In-Law For Torturing His Family
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Rabbi Yosaif Asher Weiss – the rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohr Hadaaas and a senior editor of the Artscroll Talmud – defended his family against accusations that his son, Avrohom Meir Weiss, has been withholding a get (Jewish religious divorce) from his wife Gital Dodelson for more than three years by blaming his daughter-in-law for his son's actions.
Rabbi Yosaif Asher Weiss is married to a daughter of Rabbi Reuven Feinstein, a son of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein – who was the preeminent haredi rabbinic leader of the previous generation.
"Our family is horrified by the vitriol, lies and hate that permeate Gital's article. 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,” Rabbi Yosaif Asher Weiss told the Staten Island Advance, adding that his greatest concern how the dispute could eventually impact his grandson. Weiss insisted that no attempt has been made by his son to get sole custody. Gital Dodelson claims Weiss’s son has been using the get as leverage to coerce her family into paying him several hundred thousand dollars and to get custody arrangements he favors.
"We have a grandchild here,” Rabbi Yosaif Asher Weiss said, “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. We don't want him to think that we could ever say anything bad against his mother, no matter what she did."
However, there is no halakhic or civil legal reason for Weiss’s son to withhold the get, which could – and should – have been given to Dodelson several years ago.
The only purpose for withholding it would be to torture and extort Dodelson and her family.
Artscroll is now under a budding boycott arranged by supporters of Dodelson who are outraged that Artscroll would continue to employ Weiss as long as Weiss continues to support his son’s get refusal.