Agunah

Rabbi David Wax Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping in Agunah Case

05/07/2014 - 20:00

New Jersey Rabbi David Wax pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges as part of a scheme to force an Israeli man to give his wife a get.

Opinion: The Prenup Can Help Everyone

But the document poses a collective action problem: everyone has to sign on.

12/14/2013 - 19:00

My husband and I agreed when we were dating that if we were ever to get married, we would frame our ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract, and hang it prominently on the wall, with a plaque affixed to the glass that read “In Case of Emergency Break Glass.”

The halachic prenup aims to pre-empt the problem of "chained" women whose husbands won't grant religious divorces. Fotolia

New Agunah Court Announced

Bet din with backing of key haredi jurist now in formation with goal of freeing ‘chained’ wives.

12/10/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

In what appears to be a major breakthrough in the long, tortuous effort to solve the problem of agunot, or "chained wives," an international religious court is in formation, headed by a highly respected Orthodox rabbi, with the goal of freeing women trapped in broken marriages.

Gary Rosenblatt

New Effort To End Agunot Crisis

A haredi jurist is backing a rabbinic court that will address the problem of husbands who won't grant divorces.

12/08/2013 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

In what appears to be a major breakthrough in the long, tortuous effort to solve the problem of agunot (or, chained wives), an international bet din (religious court) is in formation, headed by a highly respected Orthodox rabbi, with the goal of freeing women trapped in broken marriages.

Blu Greenberg at the JOFA conference where the formation of the new rabbinic court was made public. Photo courtesy JOFA

Agunah Summit Revisits Plan To Create Liberal Religious Courts

Joint JOFA-Tikvah Center plenum kindles new hopes, but advocates for ‘trapped’ women still face uphill battle.
06/25/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Some agunot, observant Jewish women trapped in unwanted marriages, wait many years for a Jewish divorce. Meanwhile, after having devoted decades to the cause, a number of activists, now with a touch of grey in their hair, with weariness in their heart, have begun to wonder whether a solution to the agunah crisis is possible.

Seeking Justice For Agunot

As agunah summit nears, a call to resolve crisis of chained women.
06/17/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Earlier this year, Israeli headlines featured R. Cohen, an Orthodox mother of two who had been separated from her husband Shai for 12 years. Shai chose to spend the last six in jail rather than give his wife a get (writ of Jewish divorce) but now wanted his own freedom. He was taken to a religious court to give the get. During a break in proceedings, unshackled, he escaped by jumping through a second-story men’s room window. Roadblocks and helicopter searches yielded nothing. R. Cohen screamed. She had been so close… 

A recent conference convened by the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA). Yeshiva University

A Rabbinically Sanctioned Solution To the Agunah Problem

09/04/2012 - 20:00

A few months ago my friend Phyllis H. Waldmann called to say that when going through the papers of her deceased mother, she came across an envelope postmarked October 20, 1936.  Upon carefully opening it, she found a document written in German with the word Halitzah at the top. Although not knowing what the document was, she detected certain similarities to her parents’ ketubah, which she had restored in 1985 on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Feminist Jewish Talmud scholar Judith Hauptman posits a possible solution to the agunah crisis.

Agunah Cases in the Age of Facebook

Cross-posted to Blog.RabbiJason.com

United States Representative Dave Camp is a proud Roman Catholic. The Republican congressman represents Michigan's 4th District in Congress which includes places in Michigan's "Up North" region that Jews only visit for a few days each year. Aside from the handful of families who live in Traverse City year round, Dave Camp likely doesn't give much thought to Jewish people.

Rep. Dave Camp had to close the comments section of his Facebook page due to protests over his staffer's refusal to grant a get
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