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Jerusalem - Rabbinical Court Orders Egged To Fire Worker For Refusing To Grant Divorce

Published on: February 11, 2019 11:58 AM
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FILE -  An Israeli Egged bus enters the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, 22 January 2017. EPAFILE -  An Israeli Egged bus enters the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, 22 January 2017. EPA

Jerusalem - The Jerusalem Rabbinical Court has issued a decision instructing the Egged bus company to fire one of its employees within 30 days because of his refusal to grant a divorce to his wife.

The couple in question, whose names cannot be disclosed, immigrated to Israel from India several years ago with their only child.

Even before they came to Israel, the husband had been violent towards his wife, and he continued his physical attacks on her – and their child – once they had immigrated as well, leading to police intervention on at least one occasion.

Three years ago, the woman filed for divorce but her husband wanted to reconcile so an agreement was reached to try this process, including a commitment by the husband to cease being violent towards his wife and child.

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He failed to stand by this commitment, and after another year of violent assaults by the husband, the woman left home and requested that divorce proceedings continue.

The rabbinical court issued a decision obligating the husband to grant a divorce but he refused to accede to the court’s decision, requested further reconciliation efforts, and said he would only agree to a divorce if his wife would renounce her rights to the couple’s shared property.

The woman’s legal representative, Attorney and Rabbinical Courts Advocate Tehilla Cohen of the Yad L’Isha – a women’s rights group – subsequently sought to implement a law which negates a person’s rights to be employed in a state-funded company.

Following a legal request Cohen made to the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, the rabbinical judges adjudicating the case headed by Rabbi Uriel Lavie ruled on Thursday to implement this law and instructed Egged to fire the husband within 30 days.

“She is an impressive woman who – after the violence she has experienced – deserves, like everyone, to live a peaceful and happy life,” said Cohen.

“We won’t rest and won’t be silent until she gains her freedom and leaves with her son for a new and good life.”

Pnina Omer, director of Yad L’Isha, an Ohr Torah Stone institution, said that “creative solutions” against divorce refusers “give great hope to women that there are ways to free them from the imprisonment of divorce recalcitrance.”

A spokesman for Egged said in response, “I do not respond to rabbinical rulings.”



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 Feb 11, 2019 at 12:07 PM judith Says:

Israel needs civil divorce, so women like her can unilaterally divorce their husbands. The current system there doesn't work.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 01:18 PM gumble Says:

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judith Says:

Israel needs civil divorce, so women like her can unilaterally divorce their husbands. The current system there doesn't work.

Are you saying Halacha should be thrown out? Of course she could get a civil divorce but she would not be able to remarry.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 01:24 PM judith Says:

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gumble Says:

Are you saying Halacha should be thrown out? Of course she could get a civil divorce but she would not be able to remarry.

She can't get a civil divorce, because they don't have it in Israel, nor is there civil marriage, which there should be. The status quo is unacceptable. Halachic marriage and divorce should only be for those who want it.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 01:49 PM commonsense99 Says:

Sorry but there is no halacha that requires someone to lose a job for not following halacha, what is next? egged should fire all mechalay shobbos? ELAL should fire all GLBT employees? Bezek should fire all dog owners?
this is nuts

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 02:05 PM Butterfly Says:

Are we all saying that she has to die first?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 03:11 PM Cricket Says:

Smells fishy. Sounds like a test run on a man from India who won’t have many in Israel looking out for him. Afterward, this will be used as a precedent for firing any Israeli resident on grounds he withheld Get. Women shouldn’t be abused. Men should not withhold Gets. Honesty should be used.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 03:41 PM Esther Says:

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commonsense99 Says:

Sorry but there is no halacha that requires someone to lose a job for not following halacha, what is next? egged should fire all mechalay shobbos? ELAL should fire all GLBT employees? Bezek should fire all dog owners?
this is nuts

What do you know about it besides not much?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 05:07 PM NJMoshe Says:

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commonsense99 Says:

Sorry but there is no halacha that requires someone to lose a job for not following halacha, what is next? egged should fire all mechalay shobbos? ELAL should fire all GLBT employees? Bezek should fire all dog owners?
this is nuts

Of course a new Halacha can be discovered if necessary, teased from existing texts.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 06:08 PM qazxc Says:

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NJMoshe Says:

Of course a new Halacha can be discovered if necessary, teased from existing texts.

Nonsense.

Halachah is not not the problem, the people who abuse it are the problem.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 06:42 PM Money is the reason Says:

but he refused to accede to the court’s decision . . . and said he would only agree to a divorce if his wife would renounce her rights to the couple’s shared property.

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 Feb 12, 2019 at 01:02 AM lazy-boy Says:

sometimes they have to take the rabbinical ruling to the secular courts who OFTEN up hold it....

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 Feb 12, 2019 at 10:05 AM AnonEsq Says:

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commonsense99 Says:

Sorry but there is no halacha that requires someone to lose a job for not following halacha, what is next? egged should fire all mechalay shobbos? ELAL should fire all GLBT employees? Bezek should fire all dog owners?
this is nuts

Actually, Halacha provides that a husband who refuses to provide a Get can be excommunicated -- which would include losing his job.

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