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IN UNPRECEDENTED RULING، COURT in Israel CONVICTS MAN FOR REFUSING DIVORCE TO WIFE

Monday 08/April/2019 - 08:24 PM
Sada El Balad
The Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday، for the first time، convicted a man for refusing to grant his wife a get، a Jewish divorce document. The man، Meir Gorodetsky، had been refusing his wife a get since the mid-1990s.

According to a release by the court، the maximum sentence for this offense is four years in prison، though it is unlikely the perpetrator will receive the maximum sentence، as this case will set a precedent for future cases.
Tzivya Gorodetsky was married to her husband for nine years and had four children with him before eventually requesting a divorce in 1995 due to his violence and abusive behavior toward her. This included beating her while she was pregnant so that she miscarried and throwing acid on her.

Her husband steadfastly refused to grant a bill of divorce، even after being order by the State Rabbinical Court to do so. This led the court to eventually jail him، which lasted on-and-off for 19 years.

The court said there was nothing more they could do to obtain the divorce، aside from placing him under harsher conditions similar to those placed on prisoners who have committed sexual offenses and murder – which it did – arguing that Jewish law prohibits the annulment of a marriage by outside parties even in extreme circumstances. At various points، Meir Gorodetsky was even placed in solitary confinement.

Ultimately، she was freed from her marriage by a private، ad hoc Orthodox rabbinical court headed by، respected Orthodox rabbi and Talmudist، Rabbi Daniel Sperber. She then sought to drop the charges against her husband and free him، but the State Attorney’s Office said it had already begun criminal proceedings against Meir Gorodetsky for his divorce refusal.
Tzivya Gorodetsky was married to her husband for nine years and had four children with him before eventually requesting a divorce in 1995 due to his violence and abusive behavior toward her.


The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday، for the first time، convicted a man for refusing to grant his wife a get، a Jewish divorce document. The man، Meir Gorodetsky، had been refusing his wife a get since the mid-1990s.

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