Yad L'isha

Escape to Uman

“Escape to Uman” by Osnat Sharon 23/9/2014 A while back I heard a joke regarding Elul, the Hebrew month which precedes Rosh Hashanah. It’s widely known that in Hebrew, ELUL is an acronym representing the sentence from the Song of Songs: “Ani  Ledodi  Vedodi Li” –”I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” However, in …

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“Rabbinical Court Refuses to Let Widow Remarry” – Jerusalem Post

Chalitza Ceremony: Wikipedia Commons

“Jerusalem rabbinical court refuses to let widow of 13 years remarry“ by Jeremy Sharon 08/04/2014 A widow who was unable to remarry for 13 years due to the refusal of her dead husband’s family to allow a little- known ceremony to be performed has recently been denied the right to finally marry her partner of over …

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Through Fire and Flames

“Through Fire and Flames” by Dina Raichik 15/7/2014 Yesterday, I went to the rabbinical court with R, a woman whose domineering husband had refused to grant her a divorce for the past 15 years. R had come to my office in Beersheba about a year ago, shortly after we opened the southern branch. She told me …

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Compassion or Extortion

“What’s the connection between Biblical Ruth, the Rabbinical Courts, compassion and extortion?” by Osnat Sharon 03/6/2014 Rabbinical Court advocate and civil lawyer Osnat Sharon, director of OTS’s Yad L’isha, the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, writes a blog about trends she has identified in the course of her work representing trapped agunot and …

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Little Lies

Osnat Sharon

“Little Lies” by Osnat Sharon 07/4/2014 Rabbinical Court advocate and civil lawyer Osnat Sharon, director of OTS’s Yad L’isha, the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, writes a blog about trends she has identified in the course of her work representing trapped agunot and mesuravot get — women being denied a religious divorce. “I …

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“Escape from Hell” – Yediot Aharanot

“Escape from Hell“  by Smadar Shir Yediot Aharanot, 28 January, 2014             It’s hard to hear their story and comprehend that these things still happen in the 21st Century. Forced to marry at the age of 12, they underwent a battery of abuse and rape. How two Jewish sisters managed to …

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Yad L’isha on Amnon Levy’s Program, Israeli Channel 10

Yad L’isha’s director, rabbinical court advocate and lawyer Osnat Sharon, was interviewed for Amnon Levy’s “True Faces” program which investigated the phenomenon of get-refusers being permitted by 100 rabbis to take a second wife. Watch the program (in Hebrew): http://panim.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1030484&sid=267 טו”ר ועו”ד אסנת שרון – מנהלת “יד לאישה” – התראיינה לתכנית “פנים אמיתיות” עם אמנון לוי , …

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Yad L’isha Frees 64th Aguna of Year on Last Day of 2013

In the final hours of 2013, Yad L’isha, the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, unchained an aguna of nearly ten years, bringing the number of resolved cases this year to 64. When A.’s husband, M., went to Moldavia for three months in 2004 to try to recover the massive losses he had incurred in his …

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Melting the Ice

Jerusalem and Gush Etzion are still recovering from the worst snowstorm in decades. Today – eight days after the first flakes began to blanket the Judean hills – there are still homes without electricity, businesses that cannot open, streets covered in black ice, inestimable damage to property, and huge mounds of snow everywhere. But there are also heartwarming stories which so characterize Israelis. Displays of kindness, lightheartedness and generosity on levels far higher than the tallest snowdrift. Ohr Torah Stone’s students and faculty were no exception. We are proud of our teenage high-schoolers who volunteered to shovel out the driveways of local residents and visit elderly, sick or infirm members of their communities. We are proud of our students, faculty and staff members who exemplify the Jewish values of chessed and tzedek, who never forget those amongst us who are less fortunate and never forget the ideals on which the Torah stands. May the good deeds that transpired over the past week merit an Israel that is soft and white, long after the snow melts.

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