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According to Halacha: Completely Equal

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According to Halacha: Completely Equal by Osnat Sharon 14/1/2016 Together with the great joy that accompanied the news of the High Court decision to order the State to formulate regulations that will allow women to submit their candidacy to serve as Director of the Rabbinical Courts, I also felt anger and disappointment.  This is because …

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The Poor Man’s Ewe-Lamb

The Poor Man’s Ewe-Lamb by Osnat Sharon 6/12/2015 As much as we applaud the move toward greater equality, this decision requires greater examination. Is it truly proof that the Rabbinical Court is adjusting to the times? Or is it, possibly, the removal of the only advantage that had been allowed to women through Jewish personal …

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“Using the Power of Shaming for Good”

Using the Power of Shaming for Good by Osnat Sharon 9/11/2015 The term “shaming” is integral to the vocabulary of the Facebook and Twitter generation. In this age of smartphones, the Town Square has been replaced by a virtual space in which one’s individual influence is, at all times, a finger click away. Following mostly …

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“The Gates of Tears are Never Locked”

The Gates of Tears are Never Locked Between Mechila and Shtar Mechila by Osnat Sharon 21/9/2015 Moses Maimonides in Hilkhot Teshuvah (The Laws of Repentance) Chapter 2 writes that repentance and Yom Kippur can only atone for the sins between man and God but as to the sins between man and man—“someone who injures a …

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“Fighting for their Freedom”

“Fighting for their Freedom” by Osnat Sharon 2/4/2015 When we sit around the Seder table this coming Friday night, we will be fulfilling once again the commandment of retelling the story of our Exodus from Egypt, celebrating the holiday of our freedom from slavery. It is precisely now that we must relate the stories of those …

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“Film as a Mirror of Reality”

“Film as a Mirror of Reality” by Osnat Sharon 2/3/2015 Sometimes film is a mirror of reality. Sometimes the reality reflected is very difficult – certainly when it concerns painful subjects such as the problem of agunot and mesuravot get. That was apparently the situation seems, when the film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” was screened this …

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“For the Sins We Have Committed”

“For the Sins We Have Committed” by Osnat Sharon 30/9/2014 The days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are days of introspection and convergence. They mark the beginning of autumn, with its cool winds, accompanied by solemnness and gloomy thoughts. From time to time I meet friends on the street or at the synagogue who say …

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Escape to Uman

“Escape to Uman” by Osnat Sharon 23/9/2014 A while back I heard a joke regarding Elul, the Hebrew month which precedes Rosh Hashanah. It’s widely known that in Hebrew, ELUL is an acronym representing the sentence from the Song of Songs: “Ani  Ledodi  Vedodi Li” –”I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” However, in …

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Through Fire and Flames

“Through Fire and Flames” by Dina Raichik 15/7/2014 Yesterday, I went to the rabbinical court with R, a woman whose domineering husband had refused to grant her a divorce for the past 15 years. R had come to my office in Beersheba about a year ago, shortly after we opened the southern branch. She told me …

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Compassion or Extortion

“What’s the connection between Biblical Ruth, the Rabbinical Courts, compassion and extortion?” by Osnat Sharon 03/6/2014 Rabbinical Court advocate and civil lawyer Osnat Sharon, director of OTS’s Yad L’isha, the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, writes a blog about trends she has identified in the course of her work representing trapped agunot and …

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Little Lies

Osnat Sharon

“Little Lies” by Osnat Sharon 07/4/2014 Rabbinical Court advocate and civil lawyer Osnat Sharon, director of OTS’s Yad L’isha, the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, writes a blog about trends she has identified in the course of her work representing trapped agunot and mesuravot get — women being denied a religious divorce. “I …

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