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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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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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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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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