Frustrated with a rabbinic failure to deal with agunot and the use of a get as extortion, members of Knesset introduced a bill that would allow a divorcing couple to dissolve their financial partnership before the get is given, thereby removing the coercive power of the get. Not surprisingly, the very same rabbis who canceled the international conference on agunot that was to be held late last year in Jerusalem oppose this change in secular law. Why? Because it removes the power of the rabbinic courts and the rabbis to force a couple to stay together. These rabbinic pygmies think it better to save a few marriages than to free hundreds of agunot, women whose lives are destroyed by the current system.
Need I add that telling a 30 year old woman that she may never have sex again, which is in effect what happens to many agunot, leads to those agunot having sex anyway. This is a major violation of halakha, one that today’s rabbis inadvertently encourage.
[Hat Tip: JWB.]