TEL AVIV (Jan. 25)
A Haifa rabbinical court has applied to Lebanese authorities to facilitate divorce proceedings brought by an Israeli woman against her husband who fled to Lebanon to escape trial for fraud. The court’s request was conveyed to Beirut through the Mixed Armistice Commission and the International Red Cross. The case involves David Hador, 27, of Haifa, who disappeared during a trial in which he was charged with obtaining money from a woman under false pretenses. He turned up in Lebanon claiming to be an American but was arrested when his identity was discovered and was sentenced to a month in jail. His wife appealed to the rabbinical court to help her obtain a divorce before the Lebanese authorities turn him loose. If he disappears again, his wife’s status under Jewish law would be that of an “aguna”, a deserted wife. The rabbinical court has asked Lebanese authorities to see to it that Hador signs certain papers in the presence of a Beirut rabbi so that his wife may obtain a divorce valid under Jewish law.