Rabbis order woman to jail for refusing to divorce

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  1. Nick the Pilot

    Nick the Pilot Well-Known Member

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    Rabbis order woman to jail - Religious News ArcaMax Publishing

    JERUSALEM (UPI) -- The Jerusalem Rabbinical Court ordered to jail a 59-year-old woman for refusing for 15 years to divorce her husband.

    In an interview with Haaretz the woman said: "I won't take the get (religious separation) under any circumstances -- even if they take me to jail … I'm made of steel, you can't break me."

    The woman refuses to divorce her husband because of an ongoing property dispute, the newspaper said.

    The court ordered her confinement after a series of sanctions failed to secure her agreement.

    The sanctions included barring her from leaving the country, restricting her bank account and suspending her driver's license, the newspaper said.

    According to Jewish law the power to divorce rests with the husband; however, a man cannot force his wife to agree to a divorce. For a divorce to be valid, the woman must accept it.
     
  2. justanothermensch

    justanothermensch New Member

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    Jeez! And I thought I saw my share of bad divorces!!
     
  3. iBrian

    iBrian Peace, Love and Unity Admin

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    Does the court have actual secular authority in Israel??
     
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    seattlegal Mercuræn Buddhist

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    You can't get a secular marriage in Israel, only a religious one. If you want a secular marriage, you have to go out of the country. Israel recognizes foreign marriages.
     
  5. Ben Dabah

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    this is not true, i dont know where did you hear that. according to the jews, women have no say about divorce, it is the husband who need to say yes or no, women cant stop the divorce process if the man wants to divorce
     
  6. bananabrain

    bananabrain awkward squadnik

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    er, yes she can. it's not easy, but she can refuse the get as has been done in this case, although i note that the workaround "letter signed by 100 rabbis" is available to the man - the woman, on the other hand, gets saddled with being an agunah if her husband refuses the get.

    b'shalom

    bananabrain
     
  7. Ben Masada

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    Yes Dabah, it is true. When I read this thread, I made some research here and I found out that either one, the husband or the wife can deny a get, and the process cannot proceed. I consider it a cruelty by either one, the husband or the wife. Life can get ugly sometimes when reconcilliation becomes impossible to achieve.
    Ben
     

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