Research Library

Agunot:

A Courageous Proposal: The First Heter Agunah in America

Mintz, Adam , JOFA Journal , 6 ,4 , 2007 , 14-15

In 1925, Rabbi Henkin offered a proposal to solve the agunah problem in America. This article outlines both his proposal and that of Rabbi Louis Epstein which followed shortly after Rabbi Henkin's, showing how two couragous men used rabbinic creativity to try and solve this problem that has long plagued the Jewish community.

A Critique of Za'aqat Dalot

Abel, Yehudah , The Agunah Research Unit, University of Manchester (UK) , 2006 , November

A critique of some of the detailed arguments in Za'aqat Dalot. Halakhic Solutions for the Agunot of Our Time, by Rabbi Monique Susskind Goldberg and Rabbi Diana Villa of The Centre for Women in Jewish Law, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, published in Jerusalem, 2006.

A Factor in Preventing Cases of Agunah

Haut, Rivka , JOFA Journal , 1 ,3 , 1999 .

A critique of some of the detailed arguments in Za'aqat Dalot. Halakhic Solutions for the Agunot of Our Time, by Rabbi Monique Susskind Goldberg and Rabbi Diana Villa of The Centre for Women in Jewish Law, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, published in Jerusalem, 2006.

A View from the Trenches

Weiss, Susan , JOFA Journal , 5 ,4 , 2005 , 6-7

Susan Weiss gives an insiders view of the problems with divorce proceedings in the Israeli rabbinical courts.

Agunah and the Problem of Authority: Directions for Future Research

Jackson, BS , Melilah , 1 , 2004 , 1-78

This was the initial agenda paper from which the work of the Agunah Research Unit, University of Manchester, commenced. After an Introduction stating the premises of the research, it considers the history of each of the main proposed solutions: conditional marriage, coercion and annulment. It summarises the problems of authority which such solutions encounter, especially the demand for consensus, and in its tentative conclusion outlines a possible solution based on the interaction of different remedies and the explicit statement of the authority for such interaction.

Agunah Challenge and the New Beit Din of Rabbi Krauss

Rakeffet-Rothkoff , Aaron

AUDIO Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff gives a lecture on the agunah problem.

Agunah: The Manchester Analysis

Jackson, Bernard , Agunah Research Unit, University of Manchester, 2009, July

This report is the culmination of five years of research intended to search for a "global" solution to the problem of get recalcitrance. It synthesizes and develops a substantial body of Working Papers that were published on the Agunah Research Unit's website during the course of the research.

Agunot and the Powers That Be

Shenhav, Sharon; Aranoff, Susan, Choosing Limits, Limiting Choices Conference Transcript, 2005, March.

Three top scholars and activists examine Jewish womens efforts to resolve the plight of agunot and the struggle of Orthodox feminists to reconcile this issue with their adherence to halakhic lifestyles.
 

Between a Rock and Hard Place: Understanding the Interactions between Civil Religious Law

Greenberg-Kobrin, Michelle; Macner, Esther, 2007

AUDIO:In this practical and informative session, two prominent attorneys will discuss how the beit din and civil law intersect in divorce law. How does arbitration affect the rabbinic courts and how are decisions of the beit din played out civilly? How do the civil get laws work and what kind of protection do they afford Jewish women? Are prenuptial agreements enforceable in a civil court of law?

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