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  • Agunot May Be Free to Re-marry

    Hundreds of Jewish women whose husbands are missing since the Yom Kippur War, who are “agunot” in Jewish religious law, may be free to re-marry as a result of a special rabbinical court which decides in what cases an aguna may be considered a widow. Under religious law, an aguna may re-marry only if a… More ▸

  • Chief Rabbis Renew Hassle

    The smoldering differences between Israel’s Sephardic and Ashkenazic chief rabbis flared anew here last night when Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef accused his Ashkenazic counterpart, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, of bias and discrimination in the appointment of rabbinical court judges and other appointments. Rabbi Yosef addressed a meeting of Sephardic rabbis and judges at which a… More ▸

  • Rabbi Yosef Hopes War Will Not Leave Any ‘agunot’

    Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said he hoped the Yom Kippur War would leave no ‘agunot’–women whose husbands are missing and may therefore not remarry under Jewish religious law. The Chief Rabbi disclosed that two months ago he initiated the establishment of a special rabbinic court to deal with war agunot. He heads the bet… More ▸

  • Women Urge Eased Halacha Rules

    Jewish women have petitioned rabbinical authorities to ease the hard-ships imposed on women by the present interpretations of halacha. Mrs. Alfred Rubens, past president of the international Council of Jewish Women, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that petitions on behalf of 500,000 Jewish women throughout the world have been sent to rabbinical courts, rabbinical… More ▸

  • American Women’s Groups Back Petition for Removal of Religious Disabilities

    At least six major American Jewish women’s organizations will be signatories to a petition addressed to rabbinical authorities all over the world, urging them to assemble to “find the means and interpretations in the Talmud and Codes” of Jewish law that will “overcome the disabilities of Jewish women” in matters concerning marriage, divorce, inheritance and… More ▸

  • Rabbinical Ruling Ends ‘agunah’ Status, Permits June War Widows to Re-wed

    The Israel Army chaplaincy announced today that all the Israeli soldiers killed in the Six-Day War have been identified, freeing the widows of men previously reported missing but whose bodies had not been identified, of the status of "agunah." Under Jewish religious law, the wife of a missing person is not permitted to remarry. The… More ▸

  • Orthodox Rabbis Charge Conservatives Plan to Change Marriage Ritual

    The Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada yesterday charged the Rabbinical Assembly of America, the association of Conservative rabbis, with plans “to change the Jewish marriage ritual.” A resolution unanimously approved by 400 delegates at a one-day conference of the Orthodox rabbis asserted that “Conservative rabbis do not have the knowledge… More ▸

  • U.S. Congress Urged by Rabbinical Convention to Vote Grant-in-aid for Israel

    President Truman and Congress were today urged to assist Israel with a grant-in-aid of $150,000,000 to develop Israel’s economy and “to promote the security and general welfare of the U.S. and Israel” at the concluding session of the 51st annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly of America. The 275 rabbis from all parts of the… More ▸

  • Problem of Deserted Wives Aired at Detroit Rabbinical Parley

    Possibility of America’s involvement in the war with the resulting problem of deserted wives revived the proposed “agunah” reform at today’s session of the Rabbinical Assembly’s fortieth annual convention, which is being held at Shaarey Zedek Congregation. The body of Conservative rabbis has indicated approval in principle of a proposal by Rabbi Louis Epstein that… More ▸

  • London Beth Din Acts to Facilitate ‘agunah’ Divorces

    A decision to facilitate Jewish religious divorce for the “agunah”, wife who has not heard from her husband in many years, was announced today by the Beth Din, Jewish religious court. The move, taken to avoid the same “agunah” problem which arose from the last war, provides for the signing of a declaration by departing… More ▸