A woman whose husband has been comatose for years just got her rabbinical divorce approved — thanks to a rare legal procedure that could set a precedent for other agunot.
Planning your divorce while you’re happily married can feel a bit awkward. But Orthodox Jews are getting behind postnuptial agreements — for good reason.
A new independent rabbinical court to address the issue of agunot, so-called “chained women” whose husbands refuse to give them a religious writ of divorce, will be launched next year.
FreeTamar.org and the Free Gital Facebook group seek emancipation not from literal bars or chains. Rather, they seek liberation for agunot.
More than two-dozen people protested last week in Norwalk, Connecticut against a Jewish husband, who refused to grant his wife a divorce, the Jewish Ledger reports. The demonstration, organized by the non-profit Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), took place outside the hospital where the husband, Ephraim Ohana, works.
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.
Fraidy Reiss was married at 19 to a man she despised. She escaped her marriage and resolved to help women — Jews and others — going through what she had experienced.