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

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… Continue Reading Get-Refusal is Also Violence

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… Continue Reading Freedom is not with the Rabbinical Court

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… Continue Reading A Woman’s Voice in Court

Conference on Jewish Marriage Ceremony

Conference on Jewish Marriage Ceremony

“The Jewish marriage ceremony doesn’t reflect the changes in women’s status” Rosh Yeshivat Hesder Machanaim spoke at a special conference about the Jewish marriage ceremony in our times. Rabbnit Godinger Dreyfus noted that she “views changes like these as a blessing,” yet added, “not everything that is permissible is desirable.” Kipa News – Published: 15.07.18  In… Continue Reading Conference on Jewish Marriage Ceremony

Don’t sacrifice agunot on altar of reform

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. … Continue Reading Don’t sacrifice agunot on altar of reform

“For our children’s sake”

“For our children’s sake”

“We felt we had to sign for our children’s sake” Yad La’isha launched a special “prenuptial-signing” event this week.  The organization’s Director:  “These signed agreements will drastically reduce the incidence of get-refusal.” Arutz 7 – Published 14.06.18   (Translated from Hebrew) In recent weeks, the public has been exposed to what is termed “get-refusal” through the story… Continue Reading “For our children’s sake”

Women Assume the Mantle of Leadership

  WOMEN ASSUME THE MANTLE OF LEADERSHIP Women are increasingly being heard and taking on fresh roles in observant Judaism, particularly in Israel – naturally bringing Orthodoxy toward a renaissance. BY SHOSHANNA KEATS-JASKOLL –  JUNE 7, 2018 Women’s voices have been generally missing from the great Jewish discussion that takes part within our communities. For millennia, the… Continue Reading Women Assume the Mantle of Leadership

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… Continue Reading The Reward of the Recalcitrant

Three Minutes in the Prison of their Lives

Three Minutes in the Prison of their Lives By Michal Levy Arutz 7 – 17/5/2018 Passersby entered the cage on the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall to experience three minutes in captivity, just a tiny taste of what agunot and women imprisoned in marriage experience daily at the hands of their recalcitrant husbands. Passersby who walked along… Continue Reading Three Minutes in the Prison of their Lives

Eshet Hamidbar – Women Moving Mountains

Over 250 women from all backgrounds and locations. A grueling 22 km hike. 2 magical days in Israel’s Arava desert. 1 goal: to raise awareness and funds for OTS’s Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline for Agunot. The first annual “Women Moving Mountains” event – in Hebrew, “Eshet Hamidbar” – produced… Continue Reading Eshet Hamidbar – Women Moving Mountains