Recalcitrant Husbands

A seruv is a document that indicates that a party has refused to comply with a Jewish court and is held in contempt of court. In the Jewish divorce process, if a husband or wife disobeys the ruling of a Jewish court and refuses to either issue or receive a get, a seruv is issued against them.


Jewish communities traditionally ban recalcitrant husbands who refuse to comply with a reputable Jewish court from entering the synagogue for public prayer and receiving Torah and other community honors. Members of the Jewish community are encouraged to forgo social and business contacts with such recalcitrant individuals in an effort to persuade them to comply with the Jewish courts. It is important to provide support to agunot, and persuade these men to appear before and comply with a recognized Jewish court. For more information about how to treat such individuals, see Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat 26:1.


The following individuals have a formal seruv or psak issued against them: