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Jerusalem - Supreme Court Ends Israeli Woman’s Marriage To Comatose Husband After Decade-long Divorce

Published on: March 31, 2017 02:30 PM
By: JTA
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Jerusalem - Israel’s Supreme Court officially allowed a Safed women to divorce her comatose husband, ending a decade-long process.

On Thursday, the court blocked rabbinical judges from reviewing an appeal against the nullification of the marriage after imposing an injunction against it in January.

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, which is responsible for Jewish family courts, had sought to allow a review of a 2014 decision by the Safed Rabbinical Court, ruling in its capacity as a divorce court, that the marriage may be dissolved. In Israel, recognized religious courts are part of the judiciary and work as family courts.

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The husband has been in a coma since 2007, when he was severely wounded in a motorcycle. For years the wife has been trying to obtain a divorce because doctors said he would likely never wake up.

In an interview for Army Radio, she said she “thanks Hashem [God] that the nightmare is over.” She added: “I wanted it to end before the holiday of liberty” referring to Passover, which this year begins on April 10.

Prior to the granting of her religious divorce, or get, the wife was considered a “chained woman,” or agunah – a term that relates to women who are unable to obtain a religious divorce and therefore are not eligible to remarry legally in Israel or have their later marriages recognized by the state.



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 Mar 31, 2017 at 03:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Rachmana litzlan.

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 Mar 31, 2017 at 06:29 PM Reb Yid Says:

Sounds like Goren and the Lanners.

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 Apr 01, 2017 at 09:11 PM Julius Says:

And now what?
Court said...
Her future children are still going to be mamzeirim.
And who is going to marry this lady without proper rabbinical psak?

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 Apr 01, 2017 at 10:47 PM Anonymous Says:

To #3-She could come to the USA, and receive a Get. It is astounding that thee how the Rabbinical courts in EY have so much power.

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 Apr 02, 2017 at 11:13 AM Mark Levin Says:

I daven that she never remarries.

Yes it sounds bad to libs but without halocha in her corner, her kids, grand children, great grandchildren etc etc will be mamzayrim. We don't need that in klal Yisroel.

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 Apr 02, 2017 at 01:00 PM Julius Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

To #3-She could come to the USA, and receive a Get. It is astounding that thee how the Rabbinical courts in EY have so much power.

Come to US and get her Get?
If you didn't realize her husband is still alive and not capable of giving the get.
Nobody else is capable of divorcing her. Even though we feel very bad for her.

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 Apr 02, 2017 at 06:19 PM cowdoc Says:

For all of you in the know, the divorce was given by a בית דין not the Supreme Court. Most important to all of you complainers is that if this was your daughter/ sister/ or other family member you would do anything to get her out of this horrible situation including the solution given here.

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