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  • Agunah Activists Savor Positive Steps but Say Much Work is Still to Be Done

    They have been spit at, punched, ridiculed and cursed as whores. But the Orthodox feminists who have endured these insults in their efforts to bring the plight of women trapped in unwanted marriages to the attention of the Orthodox community had cause for some rejoicing recently. The Rabbinical Council of America, an organization of 1,000… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Australian Parliament is Urged to Amend Laws on Racism, Divorce

    The Australian Jewish community and Jewish women in particular were pleased by the legal reforms recommended to Parliament this week. One change would automatically increase the penalty for criminal actions proven to have a racist element. Another would help women obtain a get, a religious divorce. The suggested changes are contained in a 313-page “Report… More ▸

  • Citing ‘irreconcilable Differences,’ Jonathan Pollard Files for Divorce

    Jonathan Pollard, serving a life term in prison for spying on behalf of Israel, has filed divorce papers against his wife, Anne, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for ending the marriage. Anne Pollard received the papers Wednesday in her bed at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where she is receiving treatment for a digestive… More ▸

  • New Study Finds Strong Connection Between Intermarriage and Divorce

    Marriages between American Jews and non-Jews are twice as likely to end in divorce as marriages between Jews, according to the results of a far-reaching study on intermarriage released Tuesday. Nevertheless, Jews who remarry after a divorce are about three times as likely to intermarry as Jews marrying for the first time, the study says…. 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 ▸