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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Till get do us part

    By Ryan Torok

    March 27, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Hurrying by the parking lot at the Lakeside Event Center in Las Vegas, Israel Meir Kin and his new wife, Daniela Barbosa, avoided eye contact with a group of about 30 demonstrators who had been waiting for them. Dressed for their wedding in a suit and gown, respectively, the couple...

  • N.Y. man pleads guilty to violently forcing husbands to give gets

    March 10, 2014 | 10:58 am

    A New York personal trainer pleaded guilty to being part of a group of men who used violent means in exchange for pay to force Jewish husbands to give their wives religious divorces.

    David Hellman, 31, pleaded guilty on March 7 in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J. He could be...

  • 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...

  • Protesters urge Maryland man to grant his wife a Jewish divorce

    March 1, 2013 | 6:22 am

    About 50 people rallied in front of a United States House of Representatives office building to protest a government employee’s refusal to grant his wife a Jewish divorce.

    Aharon Friedman from Maryland, who works in the Longworth Office building as a senior advisor to Rep. Dave...

  • Wife must pay husband for refusing divorce

    August 15, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    An Israeli woman must pay her husband nearly $57,000 in damages for refusing to accept a Jewish writ of divorce, or get.

    A Family Court judge in northern Israel on Sunday ordered the woman to pay more than $7,000 a year for each year that she has refused to divorce her husband,...

  • Community Rallies for Woman’s Divorce, UCLA Acquires Jewish Artifacts

    March 11, 2009 | 2:39 am

    Community Rallies for Woman’s Jewish Divorce

    Chanting “Stop Abuse” and “Free Your Wife,” 200 people rallied on the eve of Purim in front of the Fairfax-area home of a man who refuses to grant his wife a Jewish divorce.

    Meir Kin and his wife, Lonna, who have one child,...