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  • Religious Divorce Bill Signed into Law by New York Governor

    A second effort by New York State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (D. Man.) to obtain legislative relief for Jewish women refused a religious divorce (“Get”) by their husbands and thereby banned from marrying again succeeded when Governor Mario Cuomo signed the measure into law last night. Both the 1982 and the 1983 bills were approved by… More ▸

  • Kuznetsov and Zalmanson to Divorce

    Eduard Kuznetsov and Sylva Zalmanson, two of the better-known Russian refusniks who came to Israel after years spent in Soviet prisons, have come to an amicable agreement to divorce. The Tel Aviv rabbinical court granted a formal “get” (bill of divorcement) to the couple who made world headlines through Sylva’s efforts to secure her husband’s… 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 ▸

  • Civil Marriage, Divorce Bill Kayoed

    A bill to establish civil marriage and divorce in Israel was struck from the Knesset’s agenda yesterday. Justice Minister Haim Zadok said the bill could not be considered because the government is bound by a status quo on religious matters. Meir Payil, of Moked, who introduced the bill, said that a recent survey by the… More ▸

  • RA Defeats Move to Replace Jewish Law and Standards Committee

    The 76th annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly overwhelmingly rejected yesterday a resolution that would have “dissolved and replaced the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards with a new committee to function on an advisory basis.” The decision, made after a heated debate, was precipitated by recent rulings on the status of women in the… More ▸

  • Supreme Court May Review Controversial Ruling on Divorce Decree

    The Israeli Supreme Court indicated today that it might review a controversial ruling by one of it members which Deputy Attorney General Michael Cheshin claims is an infringement on the authority of Israel’s rabbinical courts. Dr. Shimon Agranat, president of the Supreme Court, said he would announce his decision within two weeks. Because of the… More ▸