“Will they ever be unchained?”

  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 …

There is no Comparison

  “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 …

From Heights to Depths

  “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, …

Imprisoned in Marriage

  “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 …

No Judgment and No Judge

  “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 wife refused to pay …

Breaching the Walls of the Rabbinical Courts

  “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 …

Winds of Overwhelming Shame

  “The Winds of Overwhelming Shame” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  30/05/2016 The ongoing comedy of domestic violence only exposes the success stories: when he succeeds in cutting her life short, he gains immortal fame. Journalists and neighbors cluck their tongues; acquaintances and strangers cry over the victim and talk …

According to Halacha: Completely Equal

According to Halacha: Completely Equal by Osnat Sharon 14/1/2016 Together with the great joy that accompanied the news of the High Court decision to order the State to formulate regulations that will allow women to submit their candidacy to serve as Director of the Rabbinical Courts, I also felt anger and disappointment.  This is because my heart aches …