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Shimen Liebowitz has been held without bail since his arrest a year ago.
The Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem has tried to broker a financial settlement between an estranged husband and wife to secure her a bill of divorce, despite legal proceedings in US civil courts.
The kidnapping was intended to have the man issue a "get," a document that would grant his wife a religious divorce, prosecutors said.
In 2014, the Safed Rabbinical Court issued an innovative ruling in Jewish law issuing a bill of divorce to a woman whose husband was in a permanent vegetative state, on behalf of the husband.
By JEREMY SHARON
Women’s rights groups insist rabbis are manipulating data to claim that there are more wives refusing to accept a religious divorce than there are husbands refusing to grant one.
The case involves an American haredi couple with two children who came on a family trip to Israel 14 years ago; During their vacation, the wife suffered a stroke that left her permanently disabled.
Women’s groups decry inequality over ruling due to denial of divorce papers.
Divorce refusal by women is not uncommon although occurs to a lesser extent than divorce refusal by men, according to activist groups.
The struggle of a woman from the Gerrer Hassidic community to divorce her husband and keep her children.
Legislation proposed would cancel the "early childhood clause" granting mothers automatic custody of children under the age of six.
By LAHAV HARKOV
The contentions issue has countless layers that go to the heart of determining the direction of these divorced families’ lives.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
Tel Aviv judges conclude wealthy parents are "active figures" in disabled wife’s "captivity."
The proposals were made following the transfer of the rabbinical courts system from under the authority of the Justice Ministry over to the Religious Services Ministry.
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