Israel’s Rabbinical Court is indeed more powerful that any of its counterparts in the Diaspora. Empowered by civil law, it holds sole jurisdiction over the personal status of Jews in Israel.
In light of that ruling, and so as not to delay the burial of his mother, the recalcitrant husband agreed to give the divorce.
An independent court ruled to annul the marriage, but the rabbinical court has instead opened proceedings against the imprisoned husband.
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