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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 ▸

  • Haifa Rabbinical Court Asks Lebanon to Help in Divorce Proceedings Case

    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,… More ▸

  • New Italian Divorce Law Has Effect on Jewish Divorce, Rabbi Says

    Rabbis and their legal advisors here are considering the consequences for Jewish couples of Italy’s new divorce law. Previously, one expert noted, Jews could not be divorced in Italy even though the Torah permits it. Now Jews who were married by a rabbi can be. But the divorce will not be effected under Jewish law… More ▸

  • Cabinet Acts to Ease Divorce in Mixed Marriages, Establish ‘ombudsman’

    The Cabinet approved draft legislation yesterday that would enable partners in a mixed marriage to obtain a divorce from a civil court if a religious court refuses to exercise jurisdiction in the case. Under present Israeli law, divorce, like marriage, comes under the jurisdiction of religious courts. Some mixed couples have found it impossible to… More ▸

  • Religious Affairs Ministry Reports Divorce Rate is 10 Percent of Marriages

    The Ministry for Religious Affairs reported yesterday that divorces are running at a rate of 10 percent of marriages among Israel’s Jewish population. The rabbinate registered 18,200 marriages and 1,960 divorces last year. Civil marriage and divorce are prohibited in Israel. In another area, the Ministry announced that it had found pulpits for 19 new… More ▸