Wednesday, October 26, 2011

462 men in all of North America refuse to give their wives a get!

This is criminal.... Why are these men still in shul getting aliyas and being respected?
Read the following article in Jewish Week

Most agunot are younger woman with children who are trying to leave a first marriage, according to a new study.
The findings, which identified 462 instances of women refused a Jewish divorce, or get, over a five-year period, suggest that there has been an increase in such cases, while the rate of case resolution has been on the decline. These “chained women” have little money and are not aware of the resources available to them.
More than 70 community-based and social service-related organizations across North America were polled in the census released earlier this month. The study was spearheaded by Barbara Zakheim, founder of the Greater Washington Jewish Coalition, and polling was conducted pro bono by the Mellman Group.
“There is still no Orthodox systemic solution to freeing agunot from the chains binding them to a Jewish marriage,” Zakheim said. “While some rabbis have taken a commendable proactive role in supporting agunot, many others have exhibited an apparent lack of compassion, reflected in their deafening silence on this issue. It is totally unacceptable when rabbis tell agunot to pay off their husbands to receive a get, or when careless beit din [rabbinical court] verdicts leave women in serious financial straits.”
Exacerbating the problem, the study says, is that there is no centralized communal body or rabbinical court that deals with the issue. The report also found that recalcitrant husbands sometimes apply pressure on the agunot, forcing them to make financial or child-custody sacrifices in return for receiving a get.

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