Parashat Ki Teitzei
The typical agunah (chained wife) over most of Jewish history was the result of the rare case of husbands who disappeared. In the 20th century, recalcitrant husbands have used their exclusive halakhic power to issue the get to withhold it, thereby turning the document into a lever for extortion and entrapping countless wives in broken marriages. What is worse, these husbands have been aided and abetted in this crime by rabbinic courts. It is time for the whole Jewish community to wake up, wise up, and end this shameful injustice.
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