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When my ex and I divorced in 2010, I didn’t think much about a get. I loved him but I knew that the relationship was beyond repair. Our civil divorce was uncomplicated. We’d been married only two years, and had no children together. We agreed that both of us would leave the marriage with what we had come in with. We filed jointly. I got a copy of the decree with the judge’s signature in the mail a few days later, and that was it.
A high rabbinical court in Israel sentenced to five years in prison a man who for years has refused to give his wife a divorce.
Three quarters of respondents in a survey about divorce in Israel said they supported taking the procedure out of the rabbinate’s hands and subjecting it to the authority of secular family courts.
I cannot fathom the idea of working on a problem for 40 years. And yet, there is a whole group of Jewish women — and a handful of men — who have been doing just that. These are the agunah activists, some of whom have been fighting to find solutions for agunot — women trapped in unwanted marriages to recalcitrant husbands due to women’s lack of exit power from Jewish marriage – since the advent of the feminist movement in the 1970s. These activists, who demonstrate incredible perseverance and determination often with very little outcome, would be forgiven for giving up. But it’s possible that this week they may have reached a certain light at the end of the tunnel.