Brooklyn woman turns to Facebook for religious divorce

An Orthodox woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., has launched a campaign on social media to force her husband to give her a religious divorce.

Friends of Rivky Stein, 24, of Brooklyn, launched a Facebook page earlier this month calling on her common-law husband, Yoel Weiss, 31, to grant her the get. Stein married Weiss in a religious ceremony six years ago shortly after she turned 18; the couple never filed for a civil marriage certificate.

Documents posted on the Facebook page RedeemRivky and another website allege that Weiss physically abused Stein, raped her and kept her under surveillance. Weiss denies the abuse.

Stein left her husband two years ago, but said in a statement on her website that she is being evicted from her basement apartment in Boro Park as a result of threats made by Weiss against her landlord. Weiss told the Daily News that he will give his estranged wife a get once they work out custody of their two children in family court. — jta