A Chief Rabbinate of Israel-affiliated beis din last week ordered the Egged Bus Company to dismiss a 30-year-old recalcitrant husband from its employ within 30 days as part of sanctions being implemented against him for refusing to give his wife a get, a bill of divorce.
‘S’ and ‘Y’ have been married for over a decade and immigrated to Israel a few years ago together with their child. The wife documented that the violence against her by her husband began before making aliyah, and it continued to worsen over the years, to the point police have been called. She explains the violence is directed against her as well as their son.
‘Y’ opened a file with the Rabbanut seeking divorce some three years ago. The husband is demanding ‘shalom bayis’, promising to refrain from both physical and verbal violence against his family. However, he has not kept his word and the violence continued, leading to ‘Y’ leaving their home. About ten months ago, a psak din was issued by the beis din compelling the husband to give ‘Y’ a get and to release her from the marriage.
‘S’ however has refused, and to date, he has not given the get. He explained to the beis din that if the wife signs over all of their belongings, then he would give the get. As a result, the beis din has implemented a number of sanctions against him, including a demand that he pays his wife support in the amount of NIS 1,500 monthly. This too did nothing to persuade him to give her a bill of divorce.
The wife is represented by attorney Tehila Cohen of the ‘Yad Laisha’ organization, which is connected to the Ohr Torah Stone Institutions. They have experts in dealing with such cases, working to assist agunos. Cohen called on the beis din to prohibit the husband from continuing to work in a company which enjoys state assistance, in this case, Egged. The beis din, headed by Dayan Oriel Lavie, complied with the request and last week, instructed Egged to fire the husband from his position within 30 days.
According to the organization, “Yad Leisha of Ohr Torah Stone is the largest organization in the world working for the release of agunos. Every year, the organization provides 150 women with legal assistance in the batei din, while finding halachic solutions, along with emotional accompaniment through social workers and personal training, until the desired divorce is obtained and their release from the bonds of their agunah status. Over the years, the organization’s rabbinical claimants and lawyers have helped thousands of clients win their freedom, and today they continue to work tirelessly to represent hundreds more clients waiting for the desired get”.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)