Jewish Standard: Agunot Outraged

The Jewish Standard carries Jacob Berkman's JTA story:

NEW YORK – Jewish women’s rights leaders are reeling after Israel’s Sephardi chief Rabbi canceled a conference of prominent rabbis that was to deal with the issue of women whose husbands refuse to give them divorce papers.

An agunah, literally a "chained" woman, is one whose husband refuses to give her a get, a document she needs under Jewish religious law for a divorce to be final. If she does not obtain a get but later remarries, any subsequent children she has are mamzers — or bastards. This label carries a harsh stigma in religious circles and limits whom the children can marry under Jewish law.


Anonymous said...

And the reason given is that they simply don't care about women. Right?

Tzvee Zahavy said...

so it would seem