Yad L'isha

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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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.

Sharona gets her get

Read the Walla News article (in Hebrew) about how advocates from Yad L’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline released Sharona (pictured, moments after learning that she will finally be unchained from an abusive marriage).

Chained

Building Bridges by BatSheva Sherman-Shani – The Jerusalem Post Magazine, 25 July 2013 There is a bridge between the laws that govern the rabbinical courts and the challenges stemming from divorce in the modern age. There’s a well-known story about the footbridge next to the legendary city of Chelm, whose many broken planks caused travelers …

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