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  • Married couples’ contract ensures they can divorce fairly

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    "I don’t get a rose until I sign,” Esther Macner said, as she and her husband, Chaim Plotzker, sat with a notary and reviewed a two-page postnuptial agreement document that set rules for them in the event of a future divorce.

    Macner and Plotzker were among the 82 couples who...

  • Esther Macner: Agunah advocate promotes post-nuptials

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    At 62, Esther Macner radiates feistiness and confidence. 

    During a recent interview at the Journal’s headquarters, she described herself as an “Orthodox Jewish feminist, which I’ve been all my life, before the word became a label.” 

    A former prosecutor and trial attorney in New...

  • Ensuring the spirit of halachic marriage

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    April 9, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    Each time we hear of yet another heart-wrenching and infuriating agunah story, we tend to point an accusing finger at the Jewish legal system that has created these circumstances, in which spiteful, angry husbands can cynically abuse the divorce laws to extort and torment their...

  • Letters to the editor: Divorce in the Jewish community

    April 2, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    Getting a Solution 

    Thank you, Ryan Torok, for your excellent coverage of the “get” story (“Till Get Do Us Part,” March 28). The “wedding” was a Chillul HaShem, a desecration of God’s name.

    The protest is a Kiddush HaShem, the sanctification of the God’s name.

    Those rabbis...

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  • Israel Meir Kin is a threat to all Jewish women

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    March 28, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    A little over a thousand years ago, Rabbenu Gershom of Mainz, the leading scholar of Ashkenazi Jewry, enacted bold legal measures to protect Jewish women from abuse.

    Last week a fellow named Israel Meir Kin poked his finger in Rabbenu Gershom’s eye, and now every Jewish woman is...

  • Confronting the problem of Orthodox divorce

    March 27, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    When I began practicing law more than four decades ago, divorce in the Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish community was rare — and the giving of a get (Jewish divorce) by the husband was quietly arranged in the local rabbi’s study without fanfare, creating only a few social ripples in the...

  • Why we all need to care about Jewish divorce law

    February 15, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    I am often asked: “Why are you so preoccupied with the problem of get refusal. Have you ever been an agunah?”

    The term agunah broadly refers to a Jewish woman who is “chained” or “anchored” to a dead marriage, rendering her unable to remarry, because her husband refuses...

  • Mayim Bialik narrates for chained women

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 30, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Mayim Bialik narrates a film about 5 agunot, “chained women who are unable, according to Jewish law, to remarry until they receive a get.” reported the Jewish Week.

    The film tells the story of these 5 American women, four of whom eventually get a get.

    The documentary will be...

  • The ‘Bigamist’ Versus the ‘Agunah’

    By Amy Klein

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Rabbi Hagai Batzri remarried, on Feb. 5 in Los Angeles, his first wife, Luna Batzri, still hadn't received a get from him, a Jewish divorce.

    According to Jewish law, the rabbi, 41, is now married to two women at the same time, and Luna, 36, seems to be in the unfortunate...

  • The Agunah: A Modern-Day Nightmare

    By Alexandra Leichter

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A couple of years ago I received two back-to-back phone calls in my office: The first, from a 21-year-old ultra-Orthodox woman who had escaped her physically abusive 6-month long marriage, only to find herself trapped two years later because her husband refuses to give her a Jewish...

  • Other Voices

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The evening following the final session of theSecond International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy, I attendeda small family dinner and celebrated the wedding of a SatmarChassidic couple. Among the guests were men with long curledpayot (it'spronounced "payyes" there), and some...

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