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  • Emanuel Rackman, Leading Orthodox Thinker, Dies at 98

    Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, a leading Orthodox thinker and an early champion of women’s rights, died Monday in New York. He was 98. Tributes poured in from around the world this week, many of them praising Rackman for being an Orthodox pioneer in trying to ease the plight of agunot — women whose recalcitrant husbands denied… More ▸

  • Women Refused Get by Husband Wins Ruling in Canada’s High Court

    In a landmark decision that could provide relief to agunot, Jewish women whose husbands deny them a Jewish divorce, Canada’s highest court sided with a woman whose husband had refused for 15 years to grant her a get, a religious writ of divorce. Making a rare foray into religious matters, the Supreme Court of Canada… More ▸

  • Israeli Fashion Designers Draw Attention to the Plight of ‘chained’ Wives

    Some “agunot” recently saw their plights modeled up and down a fashion runway. Twenty of Israel’s top fashion designers paired with these “chained women” those refused a Jewish divorce, or get, by their husbands in accordance with Jewish law to design dresses embodying their private struggles. Pop singers, models, actresses and other high-profile Israeli celebrities… More ▸

  • At a Conference on Domestic Abuse, Information, Laughter and Tears

    It strikes everywhere. It can impact anyone. Domestic violence abuse by an intimate partner affects as many as 3 million women annually, according to a 1998 Commonwealth Fund study. So from across the United States and six other countries, approximately 300 Jewish women and some men filled this city’s downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel this week… More ▸

  • News Brief

    An Orthodox feminist group is launching an advertising campaign on behalf of agunot, whose husbands refuse to give them a get, or Jewish bill of divorce. The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance campaign, which includes a petition with nearly 2,000 signatures calling for rabbis and the Orthodox community to end the plight of agunot, is timed… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Maryland lawmakers will hold committee hearings Thursday on a bill making civil divorce contingent on the petitioners’ fulfillment of religious divorce requirements. The legislation is modeled on a New York State law aimed at addressing the plight of agunot. More ▸

  • Focus on Issues Feminist Group Marks Progress,

    With strident calls for action and threats of “taking to the streets” if the issue is not soon resolved, participants in the 10th anniversary conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance ratcheted up the rhetoric around the plight of agunot, “chained women” whose husbands refuse to grant them a religious bill of divorce. “Let this… More ▸

  • News Brief

    a.. An Israeli bill was introduced to reduce the number of agunot, or women chained to their marriages because the husband refuses to grant a Jewish divorce. The Jerusalem Post reported that the bill, presented to the Knesset Monday, would separate the deadline for settling monetary issues from the deadline for giving a Jewish divorce,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jewish women whose husbands refused them a divorce gathered to tell their stories in Jerusalem. The testimonies, given at a Tuesday gathering, were originally scheduled to coincide with a major rabbinical conference on the subject of agunot in Jerusalem. But when the conference was canceled, due to pressure from within the fervently Orthodox world, the… More ▸