Yad La'isha

Living with a Collar Around my Neck

Orel Levi at the Finish Line

Living with a Collar Around my Neck As a young ultra-Orthodox woman of marriageable age, nothing really prepared me for what ensued. Oped by Orel Silam |  August 16, 2019 This year, Tu Be’av – the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av – marks for me the freedom to love: to love life, …

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Abusive Husband Grants Divorce After Being Fired

Ilana left and Attorney Tehila COhen

Abusive Husband Grants Divorce After Being Fired Husband’s divorce recalcitrance led the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court to order Egged to fire the husband due to his refusal to grant his wife a divorce By Jeremy Sharon | The Jerusalem Post | April 4, 2019 A physically abusive husband who refused to grant his wife a divorce, …

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Jerusalem woman finally gets Jewish divorce

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Jerusalem woman finally gets Jewish divorce after husband fired from job, jailed With help from legal aid center, Ilana, an immigrant from India, is granted a ‘get’ after sanctions by rabbinical court By MARCY OSTER | Times of Israel | April 4, 2019 JTA — An Indian emigre to Israel finally has her Jewish divorce …

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Israeli “Kan 11” News report on Yad La’isha’s “Women Moving Mountains”

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On International Women’s Day 2019, OTS’s Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center ran its annual “Women Moving Mountains” desert hike (Eshet Hamidbar in Hebrew), which brought together more than 300 women to show their support for and to advocate on behalf of agunot. One of the participants was veteran Israeli journalist Noa …

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Rabbinical Court orders ‘shaming’ of get-refuser

Eli Sompo

Jerusalem Rabbinical Court ordered shaming of a recalcitrant husband who fled to Gibraltar In an unusual step, the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court allowed the publication of details of Eli Sompo, who has been refusing to give his wife a divorce and anchoring her in their failed marriage after fleeing and disappearing in Gibraltar. The goal: to …

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“But you don’t look like an aguna”

Dina Golan

“But You Don’t Look Like an Agunah” Oped by Dina Raz Golan Ynet | February 13, 2019 My name is Dina and I have been an aguna for 17 years. For 17 years my husband has kept me undivorced, in the chains of marriage; for 17 years he hasn’t seen his daughters or paid child …

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Bus Company Ordered to Fire Employee for Refusing to Divorce Wife

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Israeli Bus Company Ordered to Fire Employee for Refusing to Divorce Wife The Jerusalem Rabbinical Court gave Egged 30 days to fire the abusive husband, who refuses to grant his wife a Jewish divorce Aaron Rabinowitz | Haaretz | Feb 10, 2019 The Jerusalem rabbinical court last Thursday ordered the Egged bus cooperative to fire …

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Ofer Schechter and Orna Banai: Give her a “get”

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Ofer Schechter and Orna Banai: Give her a “get“ Under the banner “A chained woman is a jailed woman”, some celebrities have begun to participate in a social media campaign whereby they write on their hands “Give her a get” and take a selfie.   The goal is to raise awareness to the suffering of women …

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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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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 Woman’s Voice in Court

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A Woman’s Voice in Court By Shoshana Carmon, “Nashim” Magazine – October 2018 In recent years rabbinical courts have changed their attitude towards women; slowly, perhaps – but surely.  One of the women responsible for this change is attorney at law and rabbinical court advocate Moriah Dayan, who fervently advocates for women imprisoned in hopeless …

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