Ex-Wife of Congressman Aid Receives Religious Divorce After High Profile Battle

Tamar Epstein Lived As an Agunah For 3 Years

By JTA

Published December 19, 2013.

The ex-wife of an aide to a U.S. congressman has received a religious writ of divorce after fighting a high-profile battle for years, an organization for agunot said.

The announcement of the religious divorce, or get, for Tamar Epstein came from the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, or ORA, on Thursday.

Epstein, who lives in Pennsylvania and received her civil divorce three years ago, was an agunah — a woman refused a get — for at least three years. Without a get, which is issued as the sole prerogative of a husband, observant women cannot remarry.

The issue of agunot has been in the news often in recent months, following several high-profile cases, including Epstein’s.

ORA in its campaign for Epstein’s religious divorce used media pressure, public protests and a billboard to target Aharon Friedman, Epstein’s estranged former spouse and an aide to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.).

“We are so happy for Tamar and her family, and relieved that this tragic saga has finally come to an end,” ORA wrote in a statement to supporters.



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