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  • Why bad things happen to good people

    By Mindy Leaf

    1 week ago

    "Why do bad things happen to good people?" is a question as old as mankind and human memory. Though widely addressed through the ages by religious and secular scholars alike, the cause of this obviously unfair situation has remained shrouded in mystery. That is, until now — I think...

  • Three rabbis convicted in religious divorce ring

    April 22, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Three rabbis were convicted of planning to kidnap Jewish men in order to force them to grant their wives a religious writ of divorce.

    The rabbis, who are Orthodox, were convicted late Tuesday in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Two of the...

  • Married couples’ contract ensures they can divorce fairly

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    "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...

  • Israeli woman receives religious divorce after 14 years with chief rabbi’s help

    September 8, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau intervened to help a woman obtain a religious divorce after a 14-year wait.

    The woman discovered 14 years ago that her husband was having a homosexual relationship with a Filipino caregiver. The woman immediately filed for divorce in the Jerusalem...

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  • Husband of Rivky Stein fails to show for get proceedings

    August 7, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    The husband of Rivky Stein, a New York Jewish woman who launched a social media campaign to attain a religious divorce, did not appear at the religious court as promised.

    Yoel Weiss, 31, failed to show up at a beit din, or Jewish religious court, convened on Wednesday to complete...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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