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Never too late…

Congratulations to Yona, who proved today that it’s never too late to demand freedom. Twenty-seven years have passed since Yona’s husband abandoned her and their children.  At the time, Yona attended just one court session before deciding that she wanted to concentrate all her energies on raising and supporting her children rather than in a …

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Relief, Happiness, Freedom.

“I always said that I would be released when Gilad Shalit was… but Gilad Shalit was freed long ago and I continued to long for the day I would be unchained from my husband and the prison of my marriage…” Today, we finally wish a mazal tov to Naava (left), a client of the Monica Dennis Goldberg …

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Four Additional Agunot Freed

Last week, four clients of the Monica Dennis Goldberg Yad L’isha Legal Aid Center received their get – and their freedom – from husbands who had been cruelly, stubbornly refusing to divorce them. Jaclyn Jaclyn suffered tremendously during her marriage but was so afraid of her husband that she couldn’t take action. But one day, …

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Yad L’isha frees 27th aguna in 2015

  Today is a joyous day for Efrat Fisher! Efrat came to Yad L’isha: the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline in March 2014 after two years of being denied a divorce by her husband, who was conditioning the ‘get’ on her waiving of child support – something she could not do. Rabbinical …

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Aguna of 20 Years Finally Freed

Dr. Patricia Lucard (pictured, left) was married in a civil ceremony abroad in 1982. But when the couple separated in 1995, her husband – an atheist – turned to the Israeli rabbinical courts. Why? First of all, extortion: he conditioned her divorce on being exempted from paying child support for their two children and on …

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Aguna Freed After 28 Years

“Aguna of 28 Years granted Divorce Two Days Before Passover” by Jeremy Sharon 1/04/2015 Long-term agunot are unable to exit a marriage due to certain stipulations of Jewish law, are uncommon but sadly not unknown in Israel.  But the case of one woman, mercifully solved this week, is truly exceptional. Raya Dinenberg was unable to terminate …

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Religious Court Allows Wedding – Jerusalem Post

“Supreme Rabbinical Court grants permission for woman to marry long term partner” by Jeremy Sharon 10/11/2014 A woman who was denied the right to marry her partner of 10 years due to the exigencies of an obscure aspect of Jewish law has finally been granted the right to wed.   Shlomit Lavi was prevented by the …

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“Rabbinical Court Refuses to Let Widow Remarry” – Jerusalem Post

Chalitza Ceremony: Wikipedia Commons

“Jerusalem rabbinical court refuses to let widow of 13 years remarry“ by Jeremy Sharon 08/04/2014 A widow who was unable to remarry for 13 years due to the refusal of her dead husband’s family to allow a little- known ceremony to be performed has recently been denied the right to finally marry her partner of over …

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Freedom and Empowerment

Yesterday marked the end of a time of mourning amongst the Jewish people.  Historically, the three-week period following the fast of the 17th of Tammuz is one in which many tragedies befell the Jews, culminating with Tisha B’Av, the day on which the Temples were destroyed as well as many other calamities in Jewish history, …

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Three Months of Marriage; 17 Years in Chains

Immediately after her wedding 17 years ago, SN’s husband began to abuse her physically, verbally and economically. When she discovered that she was pregnant, he ordered her to have an abortion. Her refusal sparked an outburst of violence so great that S ran away from the marital home and moved in with her parents. Six …

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Yad L’isha frees 30th aguna in 2014

During the course of her short, 3-year marriage, M.A. suffered from physical, economic and verbal violence and lived under the complete control of her husband who, among other things, took her credit card, refused to give her money and disconnected the phone line to prevent her from having contact with her friends and family. He said …

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