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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Chicago Rabbinical Council Gives Lawyers Manual on Jewish Divorce Procedures

    A manual on Jewish divorce laws has been prepared by a Chicago rabbi for distribution to the 1,700 members of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers here to instruct them on the procedures involved in drawing up a religious divorce. The manual, entitled “A Religious Procedure In Obtaining a Jewish Divorce” was written by Rabbi Moses… 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 ▸

  • Canadian Jewish Congress Submits Views on Divorce Laws to Parliament

    The Canadian Jewish Congress has submitted a brief to a special parliamentary committee here, considering changes in the commonwealth’s divorce laws, recommending that a new law must do away with the present procedures “which recognize adultery as the sole ground of divorce.” Such a requirement, the CJC stated, is “completely inadequate.” Filing its brief at… More ▸

  • Canadian Jewish Congress Urges Broadening of Divorce Laws

    The Canadian Jewish Congress submitted today a brief to a Parliamentary committee criticizing the fact that most Canadian laws permit divorces only for adultery and suggesting that the laws be broadened. The statement submitted to the Senate and House of Commons said that the goal of such legislation should be “the creation of a sound… More ▸

  • N.c.j.w. Hears Report on Disabilities of Women in Jewish Divorce Law

    Growing numbers of American Jewish women are suffering hardship as a result of disabilities of women in Jewish religious law concerning remarriage and divorce, according to Dr. William Salem Fisher of New York, a rabbi who is an authority on matrimony and divorce. He is a practicing attorney specializing in divorce law. Dr. Fisher reported… More ▸