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Freedom is not with the Rabbinical Court

Pnina Omer

  Freedom is not with the Rabbinical Court By Pnina Omer –  Jerusalem Post Oped, 10/6/2018 In a recent column, USA based attorney Alan Dershowitz protested the detainment of a US citizen in Israel, a citizen whose sole crime, according to Dershowitz, is the fact that he happens to have a son who refuses to give a religious …

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A Religious Jewish Woman is Not a Chair

Pnina Omer

Rogel, a Religious Woman is Not a Chair Pnina Omer – 31/10/2018 Last week, Rogel Alpher published a column in Haaretz in which he related to Tzvia Gorodetzky, an aguna, or chained woman. In order to illustrate your opinion of Tzvia’s status in marriage, Alpher labeled her a “chair,” a “piece of property” and a …

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The Miracle of Mazal Dadon

  “The Miracle of Mazal Dadon” by Pnina Omer –  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 an entire country …

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There is no Comparison

Pnina Omer

  “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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Imprisoned in Marriage

Pnina Omer

  “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 …

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