Agunot

“Rabbinical Court Refuses to Let Widow Remarry” – Jerusalem Post

Chalitza Ceremony: Wikipedia Commons

“Jerusalem rabbinical court refuses to let widow of 13 years remarry“ by Jeremy Sharon 08/04/2014 A widow who was unable to remarry for 13 years due to the refusal of her dead husband’s family to allow a little- known ceremony to be performed has recently been denied the right to finally marry her partner of over …

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Freedom and Empowerment

Yesterday marked the end of a time of mourning amongst the Jewish people.  Historically, the three-week period following the fast of the 17th of Tammuz is one in which many tragedies befell the Jews, culminating with Tisha B’Av, the day on which the Temples were destroyed as well as many other calamities in Jewish history, …

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Three Months of Marriage; 17 Years in Chains

Immediately after her wedding 17 years ago, SN’s husband began to abuse her physically, verbally and economically. When she discovered that she was pregnant, he ordered her to have an abortion. Her refusal sparked an outburst of violence so great that S ran away from the marital home and moved in with her parents. Six …

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Through Fire and Flames

“Through Fire and Flames” by Dina Raichik 15/7/2014 Yesterday, I went to the rabbinical court with R, a woman whose domineering husband had refused to grant her a divorce for the past 15 years. R had come to my office in Beersheba about a year ago, shortly after we opened the southern branch. She told me …

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Yad L’isha frees 30th aguna in 2014

During the course of her short, 3-year marriage, M.A. suffered from physical, economic and verbal violence and lived under the complete control of her husband who, among other things, took her credit card, refused to give her money and disconnected the phone line to prevent her from having contact with her friends and family. He said …

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Compassion or Extortion

“What’s the connection between Biblical Ruth, the Rabbinical Courts, compassion and extortion?” by Osnat Sharon 03/6/2014 Rabbinical Court advocate and civil lawyer Osnat Sharon, director of OTS’s Yad L’isha, the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, writes a blog about trends she has identified in the course of her work representing trapped agunot and …

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Little Lies

Osnat Sharon

“Little Lies” by Osnat Sharon 07/4/2014 Rabbinical Court advocate and civil lawyer Osnat Sharon, director of OTS’s Yad L’isha, the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, writes a blog about trends she has identified in the course of her work representing trapped agunot and mesuravot get — women being denied a religious divorce. “I …

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“Freedom At Last!” – Jerusalem Post

Photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem

“Freedom At Last!” by Tikva Orian 04/16/2014 This Passover I will be celebrating differently than I have become accustomed to in past years.  This year, I won’t feel degraded, unsupported, abused by the system. This year I am a free woman. This must be how they felt when they left Egypt: not blind vis-a-vis the long …

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“Aguna freed after 14 years” – Jerusalem Post

“Aguna Freed After 14 Years of Suffering” Covert plot involved fraudulent passports, private detectives, a safe house and widespread bureaucratic cooperation. by Jeremy Sharon Click here to read the English-language article detailing the fascinating story of H, a Yad L’isha client who was finally freed after 14 years of being denied a ‘get’ by her …

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MiShenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha

“MiShenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha” — Our joy is increased when the Hebrew month of Adar arrives. This Talmudic dictum rings especially true this year for R (pictured, on the right), an aguna of four years who was finally released from her chains last week, just in time for Rosh Chodesh Adar. R, a British citizen, …

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“Escape from Hell” – Yediot Aharanot

“Escape from Hell“  by Smadar Shir Yediot Aharanot, 28 January, 2014             It’s hard to hear their story and comprehend that these things still happen in the 21st Century. Forced to marry at the age of 12, they underwent a battery of abuse and rape. How two Jewish sisters managed to …

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Longtime Jerusalem aguna freed by Yad L’isha advocates

SL and Moriah

Jerusalem’s A., a Yad L’isha client, was a single, successful professional before meeting a charming man, falling in love and marrying him. Very quickly the ‘charming man’ turned into a controlling manipulator who – over the course of ten years –stripped A of all confidence and turned her into a helpless victim. A’s husband forbade …

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