Yad L'isha

The Poor Man’s Ewe-Lamb

The Poor Man’s Ewe-Lamb by Osnat Sharon 6/12/2015 As much as we applaud the move toward greater equality, this decision requires greater examination. Is it truly proof that the Rabbinical Court is adjusting to the times? Or is it, possibly, the removal of the only advantage that had been allowed to women through Jewish personal …

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“Using the Power of Shaming for Good”

Using the Power of Shaming for Good by Osnat Sharon 9/11/2015 The term “shaming” is integral to the vocabulary of the Facebook and Twitter generation. In this age of smartphones, the Town Square has been replaced by a virtual space in which one’s individual influence is, at all times, a finger click away. Following mostly …

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“The Gates of Tears are Never Locked”

The Gates of Tears are Never Locked Between Mechila and Shtar Mechila by Osnat Sharon 21/9/2015 Moses Maimonides in Hilkhot Teshuvah (The Laws of Repentance) Chapter 2 writes that repentance and Yom Kippur can only atone for the sins between man and God but as to the sins between man and man—“someone who injures a …

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מחשבות וחשבונות לרגל קבלת התורה בעידן המחשב

מחשבות וחשבונות לרגל קבלת התורה בעידן המחשב טו”ר ועו”ד ורדית רוזנבלום “יד לאישה” ע”ש מוניקה דניס גולדברג את ההיסטוריה האנושית מקובל לחלק לפי תקופות המתאפיינות בדרך העברת המידע ותפוצת התרבות. החל בתקופת ‘האבן’, עבור ל’עידן הקיטור’ וכיום ‘עידן המחשב’. כל ההגדרות הללו מבטאות את הרעיון,  שהטכנולוגיה והדרך שבה זורם המידע משפיעים על הסדר החברתי, על זרמי …

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“Fighting for their Freedom”

“Fighting for their Freedom” by Osnat Sharon 2/4/2015 When we sit around the Seder table this coming Friday night, we will be fulfilling once again the commandment of retelling the story of our Exodus from Egypt, celebrating the holiday of our freedom from slavery. It is precisely now that we must relate the stories of those …

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Aguna Freed After 28 Years

“Aguna of 28 Years granted Divorce Two Days Before Passover” by Jeremy Sharon 1/04/2015 Long-term agunot are unable to exit a marriage due to certain stipulations of Jewish law, are uncommon but sadly not unknown in Israel.  But the case of one woman, mercifully solved this week, is truly exceptional. Raya Dinenberg was unable to terminate …

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Festival of Freedom?

  “Festival of Freedom?” by Osnat Sharon Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  31/03/2015 Naama caanot fall asleep at night. She never imagined that she would find herself living in such threatening circumstances – the type one generally associates with movies featuring gangsters or the mafia. She tries to understand how she found herself the victim of extortion for …

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“Film as a Mirror of Reality”

“Film as a Mirror of Reality” by Osnat Sharon 2/3/2015 Sometimes film is a mirror of reality. Sometimes the reality reflected is very difficult – certainly when it concerns painful subjects such as the problem of agunot and mesuravot get. That was apparently the situation seems, when the film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” was screened this …

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Religious Court Allows Wedding – Jerusalem Post

“Supreme Rabbinical Court grants permission for woman to marry long term partner” by Jeremy Sharon 10/11/2014 A woman who was denied the right to marry her partner of 10 years due to the exigencies of an obscure aspect of Jewish law has finally been granted the right to wed.   Shlomit Lavi was prevented by the …

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The Theocracy in Democracy Project: An Uneasy Union

  The Theocracy in Democracy Project: An Uneasy Union by Eeta Prince-Gibson –  2/11/2014 When it comes to marriage & divorce, Israel is a theocracy under the control of its Orthodox Rabbinate. What can be done? To all appearances, the Lavies are a normal, middle-class, non-religious family, struggling with the high cost of Israeli living and the day-to-day …

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When Film and Reality Meet

  “When Film and Reality Meet” by Osnat Sharon Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  14/10/2014 A woman has been separated from her husband for four years. She doesn’t love him anymore, doesn’t get along with him and wants a divorce. And the husband? He refuses to give her a get – a Jewish divorce document. She’s been trying …

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“For the Sins We Have Committed”

“For the Sins We Have Committed” by Osnat Sharon 30/9/2014 The days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are days of introspection and convergence. They mark the beginning of autumn, with its cool winds, accompanied by solemnness and gloomy thoughts. From time to time I meet friends on the street or at the synagogue who say …

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