Rabbinical court tells Egged to fire worker for refusing to grant divorce

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

By
February 11, 2019 15:53
1 minute read.
An Egged bus in front of the Jerusalem Central Bus Station

An Egged bus in front of the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

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.


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.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

February 18, 2019
Australian Jewish group calls for firing Litzman over extradition debacle

By MARCY OSTER/JTA