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46 get refusers in Israel - both men & women

New data shows rabbinical courts much faster at concluding divorce cases than secular courts.

46 get refusers in Israel - both men & women

Jerusalem court issues nonbinding injunction on Hungary government

Jerusalem rabbinical court orders Hungary to freeze funding temporarily for feuding Jewish groups.

Jerusalem court issues nonbinding injunction on Hungary gov't

Overruling a rabbi

What happens if a rabbi's halakhic decision is overturned by a rabbinical court?

Overruling a rabbi

How legislation led to 80 women being freed from agunah status

Israeli rabbinical courts can now impose sanctions on get refusers from abroad, if they visit Israel.

How legislation led to 80 women being freed from agunah status

Rabbinical court allows publication of female get-refuser's personal details

In first, Israeli rabbinical court allows publication of female get-refuser's details. 'I did nothing wrong,' woman claims.

Court allows publication of female get-refuser's details

Arabs who insist on a Rabbinical Court?

Rabbi Ido Rechnitz tells Arutz Sheva what happens when an Arab wants to be judged according to Jewish law.

Arabs who insist on a Rabbinical Court?

New blog explains rabbinical court process and decisions

Beth Din of America launches first-in-the-nation blog dedicated to explaining rabbinical court process and decisions.

New blog explains rabbinical court process and decisions

Is cheating wife entitled to half of her husband's home?

Supreme Court grants additional hearing after women's groups protest ruling denying unfaithful wife half of husband's previously-owned home.

Is cheating wife entitled to half of her husband's home?

97% of rabbinical court Jewishness vetting declared as Jewish

Rabbinical Courts Jewish Studies Director Rabbi Eliyahu Maimon: 'In recent years, some 55,000 people brought into Israel.'

97% of rabbinical court Jewishness vetting declared as Jewish

Woman named judicial assistant to an Israeli rabbinical court

After two years of fighting, first female judicial assistant appointed to rabbinical court.

Woman named judicial assistant to an Israeli rabbinical court

Conservative rabbi married a 'mamzer'

Courts assert the reason for interrogation of Conservative rabbi in Haifa was that he married a 'mamzer,' in violation of halakha and law.

Conservative rabbi married a 'mamzer'

Violence in Rabbinical Court

During hearing in Netanya Rabbinical Court, husband strikes lawyer representing his wife slapping her in face. He was detained by police.

Violence in Rabbinical Court

Rabbinical Courts to strike tomorrow

Employees of Rabbinical Courts to stage partial strike for first time in Israel's history.

Rabbinical Courts to strike tomorrow

'They love to hate the courts'

Deputy Defense Minister says rabbinic courts working diligently and faithfully to help women whose husbands refuse to grant a divorce.

'They love to hate the courts'

Israel to promote solution for 'chained-wives' around the world

Israeli rabbinical courts granted authority to rule in cases of 'chained wives' even if neither spouse is an Israeli citizen.

Israel to promote solution for 'chained-wives' around the world

Married and divorced under a false identity

Man stole brother's ID card, married and divorced as his brother in order to avoid fines and debts and revealing he had a disease.

Married and divorced under a false identity

'Father finds himself in kafkaesque situation'

Tel Aviv Rabbinical Court rules woman who filed false complaint against husband should lose alimony.

'Father finds himself in kafkaesque situation'

The silent tragedy of men who suffer from recalcitrant wives

Rabbinical courts pride themselves on helping women chained to recalcitrant husbands - but what about the men chained to recalcitrant wives?

The silent tragedy of men who suffer from recalcitrant wives

MK Michaeli calls for a female rabbi for every town

The Knesset Law committee discussed the issue of appointing a woman as director-general of the rabbinical courts. Feminist MK went farther.

MK Michaeli calls for a female rabbi for every town

Sanctions for get refusers to be increased

The Knesset approved a law implementing additional sanctions against men who refuse to grant wives a get (halakhic divorce).

Sanctions for get refusers to be increased

High Court: Supporters of divorce refusal will be penalized

The High Court rejected a petition by a father who persuaded his son to refuse a divorce to his wife and was penalized by Rabbinical Court.

High Court: Supporters of divorce refusal will be penalized

'You talk of judicial pluralism only for yourselves'

Knesset plenum approves bill granting rabbinical courts power to arbitrate civil law cases. MK Elazar Stern slams rabbinical courts.

'You talk of judicial pluralism only for yourselves'

Bill to restore authority of rabbinical courts advances

Ministerial Committee endorses bill to restore authority to rabbinical courts to serve as arbitrators in cases involving civil law.

Bill to restore authority of rabbinical courts advances

Recalcitrant husband takes Rabbis to court

Rabbinical Court ordered shaming of Oded Gez who refused to give his wife a divorce.

Recalcitrant husband takes Rabbis to court over shaming

Give rabbis bachelor's degrees

Rabbi Shimon Jacoby is demanding the academic recognition of rabbinical licenses. "These highly-educated people...can only help the public."

Religious courts chief: Give rabbis bachelor's degrees

Rel. Zionist judges appointed to Supreme Court

Nine judges - including three from religious Zionist movement - appointed to Supreme Rabbinical Court.

Three religious Zionist judges appointed to Supreme Court

Trump conversion row raises concerns among US Jews

Leading American Jewish organization expresses concern over Israel's religious court system following rejection of rabbi's conversions.

Israel's Trump conversion row raises concerns among US Jews

Calls for Ivanka Trump conversion to be recognized

Beit Hillel, group of modern Orthodox rabbis, criticizes rejection of Ivanka Trump conversion, warns of potential consequences.

Rabbis call for Ivanka Trump conversion to be recognized

Shaked: 'Don't lecture me'

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked responds to rabbinical, women's groups concerned about too much haredi control over rabbinical courts.

Shaked: 'Don't lecture me on need for Zionist judges'

Shaked: New Rabbinical Court 'Revolutionary'

A new era in religious adjudication has begun with the selection of new rabbinical judges, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said.

Shaked: New Rabbinical Court 'A Revolution for Israel'

Rabbinical Judges Chip in for Chained Woman

A woman sobbed that she couldn't afford what it would cost to get divorced – and the rabbis opened their wallets.

Rabbinical Judges Chip in for Chained Woman

Sources: Chief Rabbinate to Again Oversee Converts

Haredi party sources said Sunday that they had reached an agreement with the Likud on rolling back recently approved rules on conversion.

Sources: Chief Rabbinate to Again Oversee Conversion

'Rabbinical Judges Faced with Impossible Task'

Chetboun's 'Judges Law' to go before Ministerial Committee on Legislation: 'We cannot blame judges; we do not give them tools to work.'

MK Chetboun: Rabbinical Judges Faced with Impossible Task

High Court Allows Mother to Refuse Son's Brit

In precedent-setting ruling, Court says Rabbinical Court can't force circumcision if one parent objects.

High Court Allows Mother to Refuse Son's Circumcision

Women to get 4 of 11 Seats in Dayanim C'tee

Bill was presented by MKs Aliza Lavie and Shuli Moalem. It passed despite stiff hareidi opposition.

Women to get 4 of 11 Seats in Dayanim C'tee

9% Rise in Jewish Divorce Requests in 2012

88,000 divorce files opened in Rabbinical Courts in 2012, up from less than 81,000 in 2011.

9% Rise in Jewish Divorce Requests in 2012

NU's New #2: I'll Lead Fight for Family Values

Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Dahan, #2 on the National Union's Knesset list, says fathers are targeted by false complaints.

NU's New #2: I'll Lead Fight for Family Values