Agunot

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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Portraits of a Life in Chains

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Portraits of a Life in Chains A permanent exhibition has been unveiled at Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad La’isha offices, which displays works of art commissioned by the organization to highlight the plight of chained women. Ohr Torah Stone opened a permanent art exhibition this month at the flagship offices of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis …

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

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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

Putting balloons in the cage

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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Israeli “Kan 11” News report on Yad La’isha’s “Women Moving Mountains”

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On International Women’s Day 2019, OTS’s Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center ran its annual “Women Moving Mountains” desert hike (Eshet Hamidbar in Hebrew), which brought together more than 300 women to show their support for and to advocate on behalf of agunot. One of the participants was veteran Israeli journalist Noa …

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Halachic Prenups Increasingly Common in the US; Israel Lags

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Halachic Prenups Increasingly Common in the US; Israel Lags Advocates of such agreements argue that this extra financial burden is a strong motivating factor for recalcitrant partners to grant a divorce. By Jeremy Sharon | March 20, 2019 Some 84% of Modern Orthodox rabbis in the US ensure that couples they marry sign a halachic …

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Do we love our daughters less than they do theirs?

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Do We Love Our Daughters Less Than They Do Theirs?  This week, we mark International Aguna Day, traditionally held on Ta’anit Esther, the fast on Purim eve. (An aguna is a Jewish woman who is “chained” to her marriage.) BY KENNETH BRANDER |  MARCH 13, 2019 “All the books of the prophets and all the holy …

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Rabbinical Court orders ‘shaming’ of get-refuser

Eli Sompo

Jerusalem Rabbinical Court ordered shaming of a recalcitrant husband who fled to Gibraltar In an unusual step, the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court allowed the publication of details of Eli Sompo, who has been refusing to give his wife a divorce and anchoring her in their failed marriage after fleeing and disappearing in Gibraltar. The goal: to …

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