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After Years of Battle: 74-year-old woman wins writ of divorce

After Years of Battle: 74-year-old woman wins writ of divorce “Sarah” spent years fighting for freedom from her abusive husband, who left their home to move in with another woman and then tried to use a divorce as a way of extorting millions. Chanan Greenwood | July 5, 2020 | Exclusive to Yisrael Hayom After …

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Aguna receives get, able to divorce husband after 14-year battle

Vicky left) with advocate Tamar

Aguna receives get, able to divorce husband after 14-year battle “No woman deserves to live in constant torture for 14 years waiting to be released.” By AARON REICH |  JUNE 8, 2020 A legal battle that spanned 14 years and two countries came to an end at last when an Aguna finally succeeded in getting a get to …

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Court Ruling: Shaming for Get Refuser Yochai Cohen

Court Ruling: Shaming for Get Refuser Yochai Cohen Despite a legal ruling compelling him to do so, for two years Yochai Cohen has refused to grant his wife a get. The Rabbinical Court imposed a series of financial, social, and halachic sanctions – and an unusual clarification was sent directly to the Chabad community in …

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Protecting Those Most Vulnerable in a Time of Crisis

Protecting Those Most Vulnerable in a Time of Crisis While advocates from Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center continue to represent women being denied a divorce, during the coronavirus crisis, the center’s social workers are working harder than ever to provide agunot with an emotional lifeline and access to critical resources during …

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Brought his Mistress into the Home but Refused to Divorce his Wife

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Brought his Mistress into the Home but Refused to Divorce his Wife; Claimed “Divine Will” A.– who led a cult-like community – was arrested and forced to agree to a divorce following a decade of spousal abuse, including intimate relations with female students and bringing his mistress into the home he shared with his wife …

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Wandering in the desert, activists demand ‘chained’ women be let go

Wandering in the desert, activists demand ‘chained’ women be let go A solidarity march with agunot — women denied a divorce — brings together 300 women to raise awareness of their plight. Here are their stories Marissa Newman | Times of Israel | 25/02/20 Photos: Irit Amit On an arid Arava Valley trail, 300 women …

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Yad La’isha marks record-breaking number of ‘chained women’ cases resolved

Sarah Meizlish with her advocate

Yad La’isha marks record-breaking number of ‘chained women’ cases resolved The ‘agunah problem’ is an ongoing Jewish legal (halachic) issue in which women wishing to get a divorce require the consent of their husbands, who may refuse. Jerusalem Post Staff, 25/02/20   In honor of Israel’s Yom Hamishpacha (Family Day), the Yad La’isha organization, which …

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Hundreds join desert hike to support ‘chained women’ seeking divorces

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Hundreds join desert hike to support ‘chained women’ seeking divorces More than 300 women from across Israel hike across southern Israel in 2-day event organized as show of support for women denied divorces. Arutz Sheva Staff, 23/02/20 Ohr Torah Stone’s third annual “Women Moving Mountains” (“Eshet Hamidbar”) hike brought together more than 300 women from across …

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From ‘Desert Woman’ to Free Woman

  From ‘Desert Woman’ to Free Woman Hot off the press!  The lovely woman in this photo, Ilanit (on left), just received her divorce after years of suffering. For seven years Ilanit was denied a divorce by her abusive husband – a violent man who threatened her life and was even arrested for violating a …

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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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