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PostSubject: The 'chained women' whose Jooish husbands refuse them a divorce   Thu May 21, 2015 5:16 am

Hundreds of Jewish women stare down at a rabbi in a school hall. The Victorian chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia has called a meeting tonight to discuss agunot, "chained women". These are the women whose husbands refuse to hand over a religious divorce certificate, a gett. Without a gett, the woman are forbidden to remarry under Jewish law.



"You have the absolute responsibility to answer her question now!" one woman screams at the rabbi. An excited "oooh" rolls through the crowd. The question the woman wants answered: Why won't rabbis change the laws around divorce?

These women cry they can't remarry without a gett. But they can. An agunah (singular for agunot) can remarry any man she wants under Australian law. So why do Australian Jewish women, many secular, feel chained by this one ancient law?

http://www.dailylife.com.au/life-and-love/love-sex-and-relationships/the-chained-women-whose-husbands-refuse-them-a-divorce-20150520-gh5yrv.html
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