Releasing chained women – by working around the Chief Rabbinate

Rabbi Daniel Sperber is innovating with annulments to help solve the ‘aguna’ problem.

August 29, 2018 22:22
RABBI DANIEL SPERBER: ‘What I’m suggesting is that the Chief Rabbinate treat us like outside consult

RABBI DANIEL SPERBER: ‘What I’m suggesting is that the Chief Rabbinate treat us like outside consultants for specific issues.’. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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


For the first time in Israel, two women recently received a get (were released from their marriage), following a rabbinic ruling that undermined the policy of Israel’s official Chief Rabbinate’s position.

This was only possible through a private Orthodox rabbinical court, which is not recognized by the state rabbinate and whose decisions challenge the rulings of the rabbinical establishment. The person who heads this court is Rabbi Daniel Sperber, one of the most fascinating figures in the field of Torah study, a professor emeritus of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University and the recipient of the Israel Prize in Jewish Studies in 1992.


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