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Under alias: recalcitrant husband arrested as he tries to reach son’s wedding

Under alias: recalcitrant husband arrested as he tries to reach son’s wedding  Information that came to the attention of the advocates at Yad La’isha led to the dramatic arrest of a longtime get-refuser | His refusal to grant his wife her divorce led to his being barred from his son’s wedding | All the details …

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Songs of Freedom

Putting balloons in the cage

Songs of Freedom Former agunot who were freed from marriage were strengthened with songs of freedom Hundreds of people, among them former agunot who were recently released from chained marriage,  gathered last night (Monday) at Jerusalem’s First Station for an erev shira – an evening of communal singing – centering on the theme “Freedom.”  The …

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Get-Refusal is Also Violence

Get-refusal is also violence On this day devoted to fighting violence against women, give a thought to ‘P’, whose husband has refused her a divorce for 19 years P. is 59 years old and has been chained to her husband for 19 years. For 19 years she has been waiting for her freedom, praying to …

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Don’t sacrifice agunot on altar of reform

Agunot must not be sacrificed on the altar of reform by Tamar Oderberg 27/6/2018 A new bill was passed recently in the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee amending the law regarding the jurisdiction of the Israeli rabbinical courts.  The amendment will grant the rabbinical courts international authority to adjudicate the divorce proceedings of any Jewish woman.  …

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“For our children’s sake”

“For our children’s sake”

“We felt we had to sign for our children’s sake” Yad La’isha launched a special “prenuptial-signing” event this week.  The organization’s Director:  “These signed agreements will drastically reduce the incidence of get-refusal.” Arutz 7 – Published 14.06.18   (Translated from Hebrew) In recent weeks, the public has been exposed to what is termed “get-refusal” through the story …

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The Reward of the Recalcitrant

Pnina Omer

The Reward of the Recalcitrant by Pnina Omer 28/5/2018 Over the last two weeks, the Israeli media has discovered a new celebrity: a man who is eloquent, articulate and also quite knowledgeable in halakha (Jewish Law). This new star is also violent, manipulative and doesn’t speak the truth; this, however, only serves to turn the media horror show …

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Three Minutes in the Prison of their Lives

Three Minutes in the Prison of their Lives By Michal Levy Arutz 7 – 17/5/2018 Passersby entered the cage on the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall to experience three minutes in captivity, just a tiny taste of what agunot and women imprisoned in marriage experience daily at the hands of their recalcitrant husbands. Passersby who walked along …

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Eshet Hamidbar – Women Moving Mountains

Over 250 women from all backgrounds and locations. A grueling 22 km hike. 2 magical days in Israel’s Arava desert. 1 goal: to raise awareness and funds for OTS’s Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline for Agunot. The first annual “Women Moving Mountains” event – in Hebrew, “Eshet Hamidbar” – produced …

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“Women Moving Mountains” – Desert Journey to Free Agunot

There are thousands of women whose lives have come to a standstill, who are trapped in marriages by husbands who are unwilling or unable to grant them a get (a religious writ of divorce). These women, called agunot, can only dream of the day they will be set free. Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center & Hotline invites …

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The Recalcitrant Rabbi

Another difficult case of get-refusal came to an end on Thursday (September 1) as J, a resident of France represented by Yad L’isha: the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, finally received the get that her husband had deposited with a well-known rabbi in France 12 long years ago. The story began in 2004, when the couple …

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Next Year, Will They Be Free?

A camera lens captures the incredible pain, frustration and despair of 20 agunot and mesuravot get, clients of Yad L’isha: the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline who are literally trapped in marriages that are dead, unviable or abusive. As we prepare to celebrate Passover – the Holiday of Freedom – we ask …

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