A woman who has been an agunah for two years has received her “get” B’chasdei Hashem.
Last week, a beis din stepped in and sent recalcitrant husband Yaron Atias, 39, from Ashdod, to jail for a week after he was apprehended driving without a license. His driver’s license was revoked because he would not give a get. Atias was placed in cherem by the beis din after failing to appear several times, as well as the subject of ‘shaming’ towards compelling a get .
The dayanim told Atias that if he continues to refuse to give a bill of divorce, his incarceration would be extended, far more than a week until a get is given.
On Thursday evening 17 Sivan, responding to an appeal, the President of the High Court of Justice approved the Rabbinate’s decision to imprison the husband. Justice Hayut in her decision wrote, “After reviewing the arguments of the parties, I come to the conclusion that there is no reason to intervene in the decision of the beis din that exercised its authority. This is not a trivial phenomenon. For a very long period of time, the respondent refrained from fulfilling the judgment handed down in his case and ordered him to grant the petitioner a divorce. The severity of such behavior and the harm caused to the applicant need not be overemphasized, and it has already been ruled that the Rabbinical Court and the courts must combat this phenomenon.”
Rabbonim from the Rabbanut last Friday spoke with him with the assistance of the legal council of the Rabbanut’s Agunah Unit, reaching an understanding. It is reported that MK Yehuda Glick also played an instrumental part in negotiating with Yoram to give the get. As such, a special hearing was convened by the Haifa Beis Din on erev Shabbos to have the husband give the get.
Yoram arrived in the beis din, escorted by agents of the Israel Prison Service. B’chasdei Hashem the husband was good to his word and the get was given.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)