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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

Tamar Oderberg

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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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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According to Halacha: Completely Equal

Osnat Sharon

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 In this age of smartphones, the Town Square has been replaced by a virtual space in which one’s individual influence is, at all times, a finger click away.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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“Integration, Adaptation and Comfort Zones”

“On Integration, Adaptation, Comfort Zones, and what is just beyond them” by Avi Ganz 09/3/2015 Years ago, it was widely accepted that any person who was noticeably different (religious belief, skin color, intelligence, mannerisms, etc.) was incapable of integrating into the mainstream.  What was done with these minorities depended on geography, socio-political norms and more, but the …

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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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