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The Miracle of Mazal Dadon

  “The Miracle of Mazal Dadon by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  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… Continue Reading The Miracle of Mazal Dadon

There is no Comparison

  “There is no Comparison” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  12/7/2017 Earlier this week, Kan – the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation –  aired a segment called “Trapped Men,” which exposed the issue of men being denied a get (a religious divorce). The report showed that female recalcitrance is a widespread yet silenced phenomenon, because women’s… Continue Reading There is no Comparison

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… Continue Reading In Solidarity

Precedential Ruling for Get-Refuser’s Father

Israeli Supreme Court hands down precedential ruling in case of get-refuser’s father The Israeli Supreme Court handed down a precedent-setting ruling on Monday in one of the most publicized cases being handled by Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad L’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, stating strongly and uncompromisingly that the legal system… Continue Reading Precedential Ruling for Get-Refuser’s Father

From Heights to Depths

  “From the Heights of Women’s Day to the Depths of Aguna Day” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  9/3/2017 This week was marked by the powerful convergence of two important days: International Women’s Day, which is observed each year on March 8, and International Aguna Day, commemorated annually on the Fast of Esther, which this… Continue Reading From Heights to Depths

Support and Solidarity: International Agunah Day 

The staff of Yad L’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline marked Agunah Day 2017 with several initiatives designed to raise public awareness to the plight of agunot and mesuravot get — women who are “chained” to marriages and whose husbands refuse to grant them a Jewish divorce. On March 6th, Israeli President… Continue Reading Support and Solidarity: International Agunah Day 

Imprisoned in Marriage

  “Imprisoned in Marriage Against Her Will” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  24/1/2017 Two agunot (“chained women”) made headlines this week, and I would like to offer insight as to the halachic (Jewish legal) thought process that led to these brave decisions and roused the attention of the general public. The first is the “aguna… Continue Reading Imprisoned in Marriage

No Judgment and No Judge

  “No Judgment and No Judge” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  24/10/2016 Last week, news and social media sources reported on a ruling of the Haifa rabbinic court according to which a wife must pay her husband hundreds of thousands of shekels in order to receive her get, a Jewish bill of divorce. When the… Continue Reading No Judgment and No Judge

Winds of Overwhelming Shame

  “The Winds of Overwhelming Shame” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  30/05/2016 The ongoing comedy of domestic violence only exposes the success stories: when he succeeds in cutting her life short, he gains immortal fame. Journalists and neighbors cluck their tongues; acquaintances and strangers cry over the victim and talk about how fragile/brave she was,… Continue Reading Winds of Overwhelming Shame