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{February 23, 2007}   Speaking of Divorce

Women in difference communities of the world have different problems and for different reasons. Here is an example of Jewish Orthodox sisters fighting for their rights.

With strident calls for action and threats of “taking to the streets” if the issue is not soon resolved, participants in the 10th anniversary conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) ratcheted up the rhetoric around the plight of agunot, “chained women” whose husbands refuse to grant them a religious bill of divorce.

“Let this be the last JOFA conference where we need to ask if there’s a halachic heter [permissive legal ruling] for agunot,” Tova Hartman, founder of an Orthodox feminist synagogue in Jerusalem, told the approximately 1,000 people, mostly women, who attended a conference earlier this month in New York City. “The time has come to stop kvetching.”

For many Muslims the following may sound familiar but as they say, misogyny has no religion.

In the worst cases, husbands have refused to grant religious divorces to their wives for years,

The following was shocking for me as I had never seen something like it before.

…. sometimes issuing the documents only in exchange for sizable ransoms.


arafat says:

“misogyny has no religion”

an apt and succint phrasing that i hadn’t come across before…

ruby says:

“misogyny has no religion”
That’s something I think the world tends to forget while ceaselessly broadcasting how oppressed Muslim women are…women of other faiths/no faiths have their own share of very similiar problems.

Aliana says:

arafat, ruby, Yup, the point is that its not just the Muslims who have this problem but its like everyone in the world has this problem and thus should be addressed in contextually.

Aliana says:

>> as they say, misogyny has no religion.
Well actually I made that up. Its not, ‘as they say’, its as I say. 🙂

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