Jewish Chronicle article on longest ‘chained wife’ freed

By Lanne
February 15, 2010

The Jewish Chronicle article titled "Longest ‘chained wife’ freed after husband’s death" says

"The husband of the woman who was believed to be the world's longest-serving agunah – “chained wife” – has died.

Susan Zinkin and Israel Errol Elias divorced in the civil courts in 1962, but he refused to give her a get, or religious divorce.

Ms Zinkin was therefore unable to remarry under Orthodox auspices, or have more children without them being labelled mamser, or illegitimate.". Why don't the rabbis do more to help these women?



Mon, 02/15/2010 - 20:15

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It's heart-breaking. Surely there is an innovative solution to this halakhic problem, an adjustment based on compassion and ingenuity.

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Tue, 02/16/2010 - 10:18

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Lanne, you ask why rabbis don't do more to help these women. It's because the Orthodox rabbis are men and apart from paying occasional lip service to sanctions against the offenders, tend to side with the blokes.


Tue, 02/16/2010 - 15:57

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The Orthodox rabbis do not appear to be interested in finding a solution to this problem of abuse of women. It can also lead to financial abuse if the husband will only give his wife a religious divorce if she pays him thousands of pounds.


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