Menu JTA Search

agunot

  • Orthodox Rabbis Adopt Resolution Making Prenuptial Pacts Mandatory

    After a decade of debate and negotiation, a leading group of Orthodox rabbis has approved steps designed to resolve the problem of people trapped in marriages because their spouses refuse to grant them a divorce. Because under Jewish law it is the man who must issue the religious divorce, the trapped partner is nearly always… More ▸

  • Women’s Prayer Group Davens in London Amid Strong Emotions

    Only the sound of emotional tears disturbed the reverent hush of prayer last weekend as more than 60 women gathered for the first women-only Shabbat service to be sanctioned by Britain’s chief rabbi. The historic gathering, at a private house in northwest London, was greeted with delight and not a little relief by the members… More ▸

  • Nakash Extradition Ban to End

    The Jerusalem rabbinical court backed away Tuesday from its halachic ruling that the extradition of William Nakash be delayed for six months or longer out of consideration for his wife. After a lengthy session Tuesday, the court announced its ban would end on Dec. 1. The Supreme Court has already ordered Nakash’s extradition to France,… More ▸

  • Court Rejects Nakash’s Extradition Appeal; Lawyer to Seek French Help

    The Supreme Court Thursday rejected an appeal against extradition by William Nakash, an Algerian-born Jew convicted and sentenced in absentia by a French court three years ago for the murder of an Arab in Besancon, a city in northeastern France. But Nakash’s lawyer, Ronald Rot, has appealed to Premier Yitzhak Shamir not to sign the… More ▸

  • Religious Fundamentalism Denounced

    A strong denunciation of religious fundamentalism marked the opening session of the European Conference of the International Council of Jewish Women in Zurich Monday. The gathering, which drew 230 delegates from European countries, including Hungary and Leila Seigel, president of the ICJW, declared in her opening address, “We are disturbed by the progress of religious… More ▸

  • Special Interview Attorneys to Help Na’amat in Obtaining Child Support Payments for Israeli Women Fr

    Attorneys in 10 states and the District of Columbia have volunteered to assist Na’amat, the largest women’s organization in Israel, in obtaining child support payments for Israeli women from Israeli fathers now living in the United States, according to Sharon Shenhav, legal adviser to Na’amat in Jerusalem. Here on a three-week speaking tour for Na’amat… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Rabbi Gad Navon, 55. was appointed Monday chief army rabbi. He replaced Mordechai Piron, who took a post in the National Security College. Navon, who was born in Morocco, is the first Sephardi rabbi in this position. He helped find the halachic solutions for allowing “agunot” (war widows), whose husbands’ bodies had not been found,… More ▸