Get-Refusal is Also Violence

Get-refusal is also violence On this day devoted to fighting violence against women, give a thought to ‘P’, whose husband has refused her a divorce for 19 years P. is 59 years old and has been chained to her husband for 19 years. For 19 years she has been waiting for her freedom, praying to …

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Freedom is not with the Rabbinical Court

Pnina Omer

  Freedom is not with the Rabbinical Court By Pnina Omer –  Jerusalem Post Oped, 10/6/2018 In a recent column, USA based attorney Alan Dershowitz protested the detainment of a US citizen in Israel, a citizen whose sole crime, according to Dershowitz, is the fact that he happens to have a son who refuses to give a religious …

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A Religious Jewish Woman is Not a Chair

Pnina Omer

Rogel, a Religious Woman is Not a Chair Pnina Omer – 31/10/2018 Last week, Rogel Alpher published a column in Haaretz in which he related to Tzvia Gorodetzky, an aguna, or chained woman. In order to illustrate your opinion of Tzvia’s status in marriage, Alpher labeled her a “chair,” a “piece of property” and a …

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Recalcitrant Grandfather Fined for Blocking Get

24/08/18 Recalcitrant grandfather fined for blocking daughter-in-law’s divorce Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court justices rejected the petition of a man who is encouraging his son to refuse his wife a divorce to cancel the penalties that were imposed on him, setting a new standard for punishment. The wife’s advocates: “The Court has proven that the liberation …

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Postcards from Freedom

Artist: Rinat Gilboa || 'Illustrating Freedom' series

Postcards from Freedom Ten stories of ‘bound women’ morphed into ten illustrations gracing Rosh Hashana greeting cards, part of an initiative by Yad La’isha.   Arutz Sheva Staff, 21/08/1  S, an aguna – Hebrew for a ‘bound woman’, whose husband has refused her a divorce – who recently received her get and with it her freedom, …

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Dedicated to Justice

Congratulations to G of Germany, who flew in to Israel last Thursday and received her long-awaited get — thanks to the exceptional efforts of her advocate, Tamar Oderberg of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline. G, now 41, married her husband in 2002; the couple had two children and lived together in …

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Don’t sacrifice agunot on altar of reform

Agunot must not be sacrificed on the altar of reform by Tamar Oderberg 27/6/2018 A new bill was passed recently in the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee amending the law regarding the jurisdiction of the Israeli rabbinical courts.  The amendment will grant the rabbinical courts international authority to adjudicate the divorce proceedings of any Jewish woman.  …

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“For our children’s sake”

“For our children’s sake”

“We felt we had to sign for our children’s sake” Yad La’isha launched a special “prenuptial-signing” event this week.  The organization’s Director:  “These signed agreements will drastically reduce the incidence of get-refusal.” Arutz 7 – Published 14.06.18   (Translated from Hebrew) In recent weeks, the public has been exposed to what is termed “get-refusal” through the story …

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The Miracle of Mazal Dadon

  “The Miracle of Mazal Dadon” by Pnina Omer –  10/6/2018 Mazal Dadon received her freedom recently from her recalcitrant husband, Yaron Atias, who for many years had refused to grant her a“get,” or Jewish writ of divorce. The entire country celebrated this happy event that touched all of our hearts. How sad that an entire country …

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The Reward of the Recalcitrant

Pnina Omer

The Reward of the Recalcitrant by Pnina Omer 28/5/2018 Over the last two weeks, the Israeli media has discovered a new celebrity: a man who is eloquent, articulate and also quite knowledgeable in halakha (Jewish Law). This new star is also violent, manipulative and doesn’t speak the truth; this, however, only serves to turn the media horror show …

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Three Minutes in the Prison of their Lives

Three Minutes in the Prison of their Lives By Michal Levy Arutz 7 – 17/5/2018 Passersby entered the cage on the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall to experience three minutes in captivity, just a tiny taste of what agunot and women imprisoned in marriage experience daily at the hands of their recalcitrant husbands. Passersby who walked along …

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