Agunot

Protecting Those Most Vulnerable in a Time of Crisis

Protecting Those Most Vulnerable in a Time of Crisis While advocates from Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center continue to represent women being denied a divorce, during the coronavirus crisis, the center’s social workers are working harder than ever to provide agunot with an emotional lifeline and access to critical resources during …

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An Aguna’s Journey

An Aguna’s Journey In advance of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and International Aguna Day (March 9th – the Fast of Esther),  guided tours of the exhibition “An Aguna’s Journey” will be open to the public at Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad La’isha offices, displaying works of art highlighting the plight of chained women. In honor …

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Brought his Mistress into the Home but Refused to Divorce his Wife

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Brought his Mistress into the Home but Refused to Divorce his Wife; Claimed “Divine Will” A.– who led a cult-like community – was arrested and forced to agree to a divorce following a decade of spousal abuse, including intimate relations with female students and bringing his mistress into the home he shared with his wife …

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Wandering in the desert, activists demand ‘chained’ women be let go

Wandering in the desert, activists demand ‘chained’ women be let go A solidarity march with agunot — women denied a divorce — brings together 300 women to raise awareness of their plight. Here are their stories Marissa Newman | Times of Israel | 25/02/20 Photos: Irit Amit On an arid Arava Valley trail, 300 women …

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Yad La’isha marks record-breaking number of ‘chained women’ cases resolved

Sarah Meizlish with her advocate

Yad La’isha marks record-breaking number of ‘chained women’ cases resolved The ‘agunah problem’ is an ongoing Jewish legal (halachic) issue in which women wishing to get a divorce require the consent of their husbands, who may refuse. Jerusalem Post Staff, 25/02/20   In honor of Israel’s Yom Hamishpacha (Family Day), the Yad La’isha organization, which …

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Hundreds join desert hike to support ‘chained women’ seeking divorces

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Hundreds join desert hike to support ‘chained women’ seeking divorces More than 300 women from across Israel hike across southern Israel in 2-day event organized as show of support for women denied divorces. Arutz Sheva Staff, 23/02/20 Ohr Torah Stone’s third annual “Women Moving Mountains” (“Eshet Hamidbar”) hike brought together more than 300 women from across …

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From ‘Desert Woman’ to Free Woman

  From ‘Desert Woman’ to Free Woman Hot off the press!  The lovely woman in this photo, Ilanit (on left), just received her divorce after years of suffering. For seven years Ilanit was denied a divorce by her abusive husband – a violent man who threatened her life and was even arrested for violating a …

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“Light at the end of the tunnel”

“Light at the end of the tunnel” – Released after 10 years  For 10 years, Miriam’s husband refused to grant her a get – a Jewish writ of divorce, even though their marriage was over. This is how one of the most difficult cases of aginut ended Gadi Deutsch | Maariv | 19 December 2019 …

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The Bet Din Ruled: Shaming for Get-Refuser Living Abroad

Yigal Sagi get refuser

The Bet Din Ruled: Shaming for Get-Refuser Living Abroad This is Yigal Sagi – a get-refuser who is preventing his wife from receiving a divorce and jailing her in their failed marriage. A decade ago he left for the United States, he is not cooperating with the Israeli rabbinical court. Now the dayanim have ruled …

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Under alias: recalcitrant husband arrested as he tries to reach son’s wedding

Under alias: recalcitrant husband arrested as he tries to reach son’s wedding  Information that came to the attention of the advocates at Yad La’isha led to the dramatic arrest of a longtime get-refuser | His refusal to grant his wife her divorce led to his being barred from his son’s wedding | All the details …

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Songs of Freedom

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Songs of Freedom Former agunot who were freed from marriage were strengthened with songs of freedom Hundreds of people, among them former agunot who were recently released from chained marriage,  gathered last night (Monday) at Jerusalem’s First Station for an erev shira – an evening of communal singing – centering on the theme “Freedom.”  The …

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Living with a Collar Around my Neck

Orel Levi at the Finish Line

Living with a Collar Around my Neck As a young ultra-Orthodox woman of marriageable age, nothing really prepared me for what ensued. Oped by Orel Silam |  August 16, 2019 This year, Tu Be’av – the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av – marks for me the freedom to love: to love life, …

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