ORA Resolves Another Case

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Woman Receives Her Get after 4 Years of Waiting—ORA Resolves its 93rd Case

Leah and Dan were married on July 31, 2002 in Israel. Just a couple of months after the newlyweds settled into their home, the emotional and psychological abuse began. When she was eight months pregnant with their son, Dan threw her out of the car and abandoned Leah in the middle of the street. With a young son to support, Leah realized that she couldn’t stay married to Dan any longer. She filed for divorce in Israel, and on March 3, 2005 the formal verdict was passed down requiring Dan to give Leah a get.

Click here to read moreLeah contacted ORA in March of 2006, a year after the ruling had been issued by the Israeli Supreme Court. Dan had fled Israel in order to avoid the alimony and child support payments and was living with his mother in Boro Park. An ORA case worker attempted to make contact with him, but each time he ignored the calls and letters. ORA members finally staked out his apartment for hours, waiting for him to emerge in order to serve him with papers; however, Dan still remained recalcitrant and refused to give Leah the get.

Since he was not part of any local community, public protests and pressure served no use. Instead, we found a law firm that would sue him for his back payments that he owed to Leah in order to pressure him to give her the get. This tactic worked and for the first time in 4 years Dan finally contacted ORA to negotiate a settlement. After having lawyers in the US and Israel review the agreement, Dan wrote out the get yesterday and it is currently en route to Israel where Leah will receive it and become a free woman.

For more information please see this article from the Jewish Press (link).

ORA: The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot is a not-for-profit organization which assists disputing couples in resolving their differences and effectuating a timely Jewish divorce. For more information please visit their website: link.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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