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“Will they ever be unchained?”

  Jerusalem Post | Magazine –  11/10/2017 In an article in this weekend’s Jerusalem Post Magazine (11/10/2017), Pnina Omer, Director of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, reminds readers that, “The spirit of the Halacha is to do everything possible to release agunot from their chains and be lenient in the laws relating …

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In Solidarity

The staff of  Yad L’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline undertook 100 hours of fasting in the “Agunot Challenge” (אתגר_העגונות#), a grassroots campaign launched to protest the plight of Zvia Gordetsky, an aguna of 17 years. The 53-year-old Gordetsky, whose husband opted in 2000 to sit in jail rather than divorce her, launched a hunger strike …

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Independence Day

Congratulations to Gilat Maatuf on receiving her get after an arduous and drawn-out journey! Gilat, a client of Yad L’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline received her get in the hours prior to Israeli Memorial Day — Yom Hazikaron — which preceded Yom Haatzmaut, Independence Day, by 24 hours. “Today, after a long …

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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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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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