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  • Proposal for Orthodox Women Who Want Divorces Dies in Britain

    British advocates for the rights of women whose husbands will not grant them Jewish divorces are disappointed at the defeat of a bill designed to remedy the problem. The Board of Deputies, which represents most British Jews, vowed to continue to press for a change to the law after the House of Commons rejected the… More ▸

  • Orthodox Prenuptials Would Save Couples from Future Grief, Rabbi Says

    A group of influential Orthodox rabbis has thrown its weight behind prenuptial agreements in an effort to persuade more young couples to sign such documents before they marry. Eleven roshei yeshiva, or senior professors of Talmud, at the rabbinical school of Yeshiva University, have signed on to a statement urging greater use of pre- marriage… More ▸

  • British Rabbi to Post Names on Web to Help Give Orthodox Women Divorces

    An Orthodox rabbi in London is preparing to name and shame estranged husbands who refuse to give their wives a Jewish divorce that would enable them to remarry according to Jewish law. Rabbi Pini Dunner of the Saatchi Synagogue in London said the names will be posted on his shul’s Web site next month. “We… More ▸

  • Agunot Advocate Urges Prayer Day As Path to Unbinding ‘chained Wives’

    Mattie Klein is a strong believer in the power of prayer. Three years ago she asked Rabbi Mordechai Tendler of Monsey, N.Y., to write a prayer for agunot, women unable to obtain Jewish divorces. Klein’s daughter recited the prayer under the chupah when she got married, and as a result, says Klein, one of the… More ▸

  • Orthodox Women in Israel Join Debate over Their Role in Community

    More than 1,000 Orthodox women this week attended Israel’s first conference on the status of women in their community. Amid growing frustration on an array of issues, participants at the conference, sponsored by Bar-Ilan University and a nascent organization called Kolech, the Religious Women’s Forum, grappled with subjects ranging from the role of women in… More ▸

  • U.S. Rabbi Gives ‘chained Women’ Divorces, Causing a Stir in Britain

    U.S. rabbi gives `chained women’ divorces, causing a stir in Britain A visit to Britain by a U.S. rabbi involved in the plight of Orthodox women whose husbands refuse to grant them religious divorces has provoked a bitter controversy within the British Orthodox community. The agunot, sometimes referred to as “chained women,” may be divorced… More ▸

  • Court Rules Rabbis Cannot Be Sued for Speaking out on Religious Issues

    In a case with potentially important implications for the American rabbinate, a U.S. District Court in New Jersey has ruled that rabbis who speak out publicly on religious matters cannot be sued in civil court. The June 14 ruling — which concerns a man criticized by rabbis for denying his wife a Jewish divorce and… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Orthodox Groups Attack 2 Rabbis Who Set Up Court to End Marriages

    The fireworks aren’t ending for a 2-year-old religious court that annuls marriages to free Orthodox women whose husbands refuse to grant them a Jewish divorce. Denunciation of the court, which to date has dissolved the marriages of 216 couples, has come from almost every major Orthodox organization, making it a rare issue uniting the centrists… More ▸

  • Rabbis: Couple Must Divorce

    A group of Israeli rabbis has ruled that a fervently Orthodox man must divorce his wife, a victim of rape, even though the couple wants to stay together, according to an Israeli newspaper report. The couple has nine children. The Yediot Achronot report said the woman, who lives in the town of Bnei Brak, was… More ▸

  • Israeli Religious Courts to Offer Internet Divorce

    Filing for divorce in Israel may soon be just a mouse click away. Keeping apace with the times, the Orthodox-controlled rabbinical court system is putting the final touches on a Web site that will enable Israelis to file via the Internet for a get — the religious divorce required to dissolve a Jewish marriage. “I… More ▸