Chief Rabbi Cancels International Aguna Conference on 5 Days Notice – No Official Reason Given, Haredi Pressure To Blame

Chief Rabbi Amar has abruptly cancelled the international agunah conference with only five days notice and for no stated reason. Why did he do it? Haredi pressure:

The International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) announced that Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has cancelled Thursday the international conference on the subject of Agunot and mesuravot get (women who are denied divorce), which was due to take place in Jerusalem on November 7 and 8, 2006.

The ICJW said in a statement that the conference was convened by Israel’s Rabbinical High Court, of which Rabbi Amar is president, to discuss how halacha (Jewish law) deals with agunot, and the “various financial, religious and economic sanctions that can be imposed on recalcitrant husbands, including international cooperation between the various rabbinical courts around the world to enforce judgments against them.”

According to ICJW, Rabbi Amar has given no reason for canceling the event with just 5 days notice, “but we understand that his office has come under considerable pressure from the haredi leadership in Israel.

“Notwithstanding the fact that Chief Rabbis and leading Dayanim from South America, Australia, Europe, Canada and the US were planning to attend next week, together with their Israeli counterparts, representing a cross-section of the Orthodox world, Rav Amar has bowed to pressure from Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv,” the statement said.…

Women
will suffer unnecessarily. Nothing new here. This is Orthodoxy at its
finest. Remember people, this could be your daughter – it could even be
you. And look who’s behind it all. Turd.

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7 responses to “Chief Rabbi Cancels International Aguna Conference on 5 Days Notice – No Official Reason Given, Haredi Pressure To Blame

  1. shmuel

    He never fails to disappoint me.

  2. Snag

    There is no solution to the “aguna problem”.

  3. Anonymous

    what does turd mean?

  4. I wonder why you even felt the need to report on the event. It is so run-of-the-mill and so abominably characteristic of the Orthodox World.

  5. Yochanan Lavie

    Aren’t the Kurks and Turds fighting for control of Anatolia?

  6. B”H
    The purpose of instituting ketubah was to protect women.
    This is only possible when Jewish community leadership has legal authority over it’s members.
    In most Jewish communities worldwide this is no longer the case.
    Thus when a woman agrees to be married with ketubah she places herself at her husbands mercy in case she will ever want a divorce but he refuses to give it.
    check out : http://pilegesh.blogspot.com/2006/10/advantages-of-being-pilegesh.html for more information.

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