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  • What Donald Trump and football can teach us about ‘chained’ women

    1 week ago

    Following eight years of struggle, an Israeli mother named Adina Porat finally received a Jewish writ of divorce, or get, earlier this month, bringing back into the headlines the plight of “agunot” — so-called chained women trapped in marriages and unable to move on because their...

  • 10th and final member of ring that ‘unchained’ Jewish women from marriages sentenced

    December 17, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    Rabbi Jay “Yaakov” Goldstein was sentenced to eight years in prison for his participation in a ring that violently attempted to coerce Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces.

    Goldstein, 61, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Trenton,...

  • NJ rabbi who led divorce ring sentenced to 10 years

    December 15, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    A New Jersey rabbi who ran a ring that violently attempted to coerce Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    Rabbi Mendel Epstein, 70, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, NJ.com reported. Epstein was...

  • Brooklyn man sentenced to four years for religious divorce scheme

    November 17, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    A Brooklyn man was sentenced to four years in federal prison for attempting to violently coerce a recalcitrant husband into giving a religious divorce.

    Moshe Goldstein, 32, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, NJ.com reported. He pleaded guilty last year...

  • 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...

  • Letters to the editor: Women of the Wall, Jewish divorces and religion in universities

    November 6, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    Western Wall Negotiation

    Women of the Wall did not decide to pray on [Religious Affairs Minister Naftali] Bennett’s sun deck (“A Kotel Platform for No One?” Oct. 25). We decided to negotiate with the government on the creation of a third section at the Kotel. This section will...

  • 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...

  • Lawmakers have no place in religious lives—even those of agunot

    January 5, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    When it comes to politicians meddling in people’s religious lives, the answer should be clear: Don’t do it!

    Neither members of Congress nor congressional staffers should be pressuring any individuals to adhere to any particular religious code.

    As obvious as that seems,...

  • Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, leading Orthodox thinker, dies at 98

    By Ben Harris

    December 11, 2008 | 12:51 am

    Rabbi Emanuel Rackman, a leading Orthodox thinker and an early champion of women's rights, died Dec. 1 in New York. He was 98.

    Tributes poured in from around the world last week, many of them praising Rackman for being an Orthodox pioneer in trying to ease the plight of agunot --...

  • Orthodox feminists make little progress on agunot

    By Ben Harris

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    With strident calls for action and threats of "taking to the streets" if the issue is not soon resolved, participants in the 10th anniversary conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) ratcheted up the rhetoric around the plight of agunot, "chained women" whose...
  • Iranians Adopt Agreement to Avoid Future Agunot

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rachel R. endured three years of humiliation while seeking a civil divorce from her physically abusive husband in Iran during the late 1980s. Since he had fled their native country, the Islamic regime required her to place ads in newspapers in order to locate him. When the courts...

  • 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...