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“New Orthodox Rabbanit” – Jerusalem Post

“Israel’s new Orthodox rabbanit speaks of her new role” by Jeremy Sharon 24/8/2016 Carmit Feintuch, the newly appointed spiritual leader for the Ramban synagogue in south Jerusalem, has said she sees a sense of mission in her new position to help enrich the religious lives of community members. As first reported by The Jerusalem Post, Feintuch …

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Yom Ha’aguna – 2016

Yom Haaguna was marked in the Knesset this year with a special hearing in the Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality, initiated by MK Dr. Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid). Testimony was heard from advocates and clients of Yad L’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline for Women, along with …

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“Accomplices to Crime” – Jerusalem Post

“Accomplices to Crime” by Moriah Dayan 20/3/2016 The uniqueness of a groundbreaking decision handed down by the Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court on Monday lies in the object of the ruling: the father of a sarvan get – a man who is cruelly refusing to provide his wife with a Jewish writ of divorce – has been …

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Unprecedented Ruling Jails Father of Get-Refuser

In a groundbreaking ruling, the Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court ruled on Monday to jail the father of a get-refuser for 30 days. In a precedent setting step, today (Monday, March 14) the Tel Aviv Regional Court ruled to incarcerate for 30 days the father of a get-refusing husband, on the grounds that the father was responsible …

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Three Days to 2.5 Years

Three days turned into a two-and-a-half year struggle. A mere three days..  that’s how long it took for Yael (changed name) to understand that she had made a mistake, that she had married a fraud, that their entire courtship had been based upon a lie. Yael left the marital home during the course of the …

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Never too late…

Congratulations to Yona, who proved today that it’s never too late to demand freedom. Twenty-seven years have passed since Yona’s husband abandoned her and their children.  At the time, Yona attended just one court session before deciding that she wanted to concentrate all her energies on raising and supporting her children rather than in a …

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Relief, Happiness, Freedom.

“I always said that I would be released when Gilad Shalit was… but Gilad Shalit was freed long ago and I continued to long for the day I would be unchained from my husband and the prison of my marriage…” Today, we finally wish a mazal tov to Naava (left), a client of the Monica Dennis Goldberg …

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Four Additional Agunot Freed

Last week, four clients of the Monica Dennis Goldberg Yad L’isha Legal Aid Center received their get – and their freedom – from husbands who had been cruelly, stubbornly refusing to divorce them. Jaclyn Jaclyn suffered tremendously during her marriage but was so afraid of her husband that she couldn’t take action. But one day, …

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Yad L’isha frees 27th aguna in 2015

  Today is a joyous day for Efrat Fisher! Efrat came to Yad L’isha: the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline in March 2014 after two years of being denied a divorce by her husband, who was conditioning the ‘get’ on her waiving of child support – something she could not do. Rabbinical …

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Aguna of 20 Years Finally Freed

Dr. Patricia Lucard (pictured, left) was married in a civil ceremony abroad in 1982. But when the couple separated in 1995, her husband – an atheist – turned to the Israeli rabbinical courts. Why? First of all, extortion: he conditioned her divorce on being exempted from paying child support for their two children and on …

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Aguna Freed After 28 Years

“Aguna of 28 Years granted Divorce Two Days Before Passover” by Jeremy Sharon 1/04/2015 Long-term agunot are unable to exit a marriage due to certain stipulations of Jewish law, are uncommon but sadly not unknown in Israel.  But the case of one woman, mercifully solved this week, is truly exceptional. Raya Dinenberg was unable to terminate …

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The Ties that Bind – Yom Ha’aguna 2015

On the eve of Ta’anit Esther (The Fast of Esther), OTS’s Yad L’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline partnered with the Tel Aviv Cinematheque for a riveting symposium and film event marking International Aguna Day 2015. The commemoration of Aguna Day – the day each year on which we consciously remember the thousands …

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