Advice for Orthodox and Israeli Jewish Brides-To-Be Obtain a Pre-Nuptial Forbidding Future Husband to Deny a Get (Divorce) In Case Marriage Goes WrongAfter 5 years as a ‘chained woman,’ Esty got her freedom this summer
To mark Yom Ha’aguna, The Times of Israel spoke with a woman who was able to obtain a divorce from her abusive husband, and those working to help others do the same
By JUDAH ARI GROSS
16 March 2022, 3:12 pm
The issue of “chained women” is a complex one, particularly in Israel where all marriages and divorces are overseen by a national rabbinate and must conform to its views of Jewish law. There is no such thing as civil marriage or divorce. Under the rabbinate’s interpretation, there is no way to dissolve a legally valid marriage without the consent of the husband. Rabbinic courts can impose sanctions, including prison time, on husbands who are recognized as refusing to give a get, but they cannot force them to give one.
Pnina Omer, the CEO of Yad L’Isha, a female-run organization that helps women who have been denied a get — including Sompo — explained that there are two main types of men who refuse to give their wives a divorce: ideologues and extortionists.
To address the issue, Yad L’Isha encourages anyone getting married to first sign a prenuptial agreement that forbids the husband from withholding a get (rabbinic court sanctioned divorce), and advocates for current rabbinic judges to issue more compassionate rulings toward “chained women,” as well as for picking future rabbinic judges who are inclined to do the same.
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