Yad L'isha
Agreement for Mutual Respect

It’s wedding season, which means that more and more loving, caring and responsible young couples are signing the Agreement for Mutual Respect, a halakhic prenuptial agreement designed to prevent get-abuse. This week, Mali and Dov popped by the Jerusalem office of OTS’s Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center this week to sign …

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Pnina Omer

Rogel, a Religious Woman is Not a Chair Pnina Omer – 31/10/2018 Last week, Rogel Alpher published a column in Haaretz in which he related to Tzvia Gorodetzky, an aguna, or chained woman. In order to illustrate your opinion of Tzvia’s status in marriage, Alpher labeled her a “chair,” a “piece of property” and a …

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  “The Miracle of Mazal Dadon” by Pnina Omer –  10/6/2018 Mazal Dadon received her freedom recently from her recalcitrant husband, Yaron Atias, who for many years had refused to grant her a“get,” or Jewish writ of divorce. The entire country celebrated this happy event that touched all of our hearts. How sad that an entire country …

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  Jerusalem Post | Magazine –  11/10/2017 In an article in this weekend’s Jerusalem Post Magazine (11/10/2017), Pnina Omer, Director of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, reminds readers that, “The spirit of the Halacha is to do everything possible to release agunot from their chains and be lenient in the laws relating …

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Pnina Omer

  “There is no Comparison” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  12/7/2017 Earlier this week, Kan – the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation –  aired a segment called “Trapped Men,” which exposed the issue of men being denied a get (a religious divorce). The report showed that female recalcitrance is a widespread yet silenced phenomenon, because women’s …

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  “From the Heights of Women’s Day to the Depths of Aguna Day” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  9/3/2017 This week was marked by the powerful convergence of two important days: International Women’s Day, which is observed each year on March 8, and International Aguna Day, commemorated annually on the Fast of Esther, which this …

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Pnina Omer

  “Imprisoned in Marriage Against Her Will” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  24/1/2017 Two agunot (“chained women”) made headlines this week, and I would like to offer insight as to the halachic (Jewish legal) thought process that led to these brave decisions and roused the attention of the general public. The first is the “aguna …

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Pnina Omer

  “No Judgment and No Judge” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  24/10/2016 Last week, news and social media sources reported on a ruling of the Haifa rabbinic court according to which a wife must pay her husband hundreds of thousands of shekels in order to receive her get, a Jewish bill of divorce. When the …

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  “Breaching the Walls of the Rabbinical Courts” by Pnina Omer Israel Hayom Op-Ed –  9/8/2016   Yet again, the High Court of Justice has been forced to intervene to prevent gender discrimination in a religious institution, this time deciding to mandate that the rabbinical courts appoint a woman to the position of deputy director general. Since …

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