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  • Firestone
    Tirzah R.
    "Receiving & Reclaiming Jewish Women's Wisdom",
    Firestone
    Tirzah R.
    , 2004 .
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  • Meiselman
    Moshe
    "Jewish Women in Jewish Law",
    Meiselman
    Moshe
    , 1978 .
    Synopsis:

    Rabbi Moshe Meiselman addresses the attitude of Jewish law to women and how the Jewish tradition views the contemporary challenge of feminism.  He discusses in detail such current issues as creative ritual, women in a minyan, aliyot for women, talit and tefillin. The question of agunah is also given lengthy consideration. The author mixes current issues with scholarly ones and gives full treatment to other issues such as learning Torah by women, women position in court both as witnesses and as litigants, the marriage ceremony & marital life.

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  • Biale
    Rachel
    "Women and Jewish Law: The Essential Texts, Their History, and Their Relevance for Today",
    Biale
    Rachel
    , 1995 .
    Synopsis:

    How has a legal tradition determined by men affected the lives of women? What are the traditional Jewish views of marriage, divorce, sexuality, contraception, abortion? Women and Jewish Law gives contemporary readers access to the central texts of the Jewish religious tradition on issues of special concern to women. Combining a historical overview with a thoughtful feminist critique, this pathbreaking study points the way for "informed change" in the status of women in Jewish life.

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  • Breitowitz
    Irving A.
    "Between Civil and Religious Law: The Plight of the Agunah in American Society.",
    Breitowitz
    Irving A.
    , 70 , 1993 .
    Synopsis:

    Breitowitz focuses on what many regard as the cutting issue of Jewish law as it grapples with the disintegrative forces of twentieth-century life: the problem of the agunah or "stranded wife." In addition, the Agunah issue raises intriguing questions about the impotence of religious law in a secular society and how the establishment and free exercise clauses intersect to facilitate or hinder the accommodation of religious interests.

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  • Broyde
    Michael
    "Marriage, Divorce, and the Abandoned wife in Jewish Law.",
    Broyde
    Michael
    , 2001 .
    Synopsis:

    One of the most vexing problems to confront American Orthodox Jewry is where a wife is abandoned by her husband who refuses to give her a Jewish divorce. This work seeks to explain the agunah problem in the United States. It notes that the contemporary agunah problem in America is radically different than that of contemporary Israel and completely different than the talmudic agunah problem.

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  • Hacohen
    Aviad
    "Tears of the Oppressed",
    Hacohen
    Aviad
    , 2004 .
    Synopsis:

    This book, editied by JOFA founder, Blu Greenberg, is an examination of the agunah problem and looks at background and halakhic sources pertaining to the issue. problem. It proposes that the doctrine of kiddushei taut (error in the creation of marriage) be expanded to include blemishes that arose after the marriage was entered into and that this doctrine then be used by rabbinical course to solve the modern agunah problems related to recalcitrance.

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  • Riskin
    Shlomo
    "Women and Jewish Divorce: the Rebellious Wife, the Agunah and the Right of Women to Initiate Divorce in Jewish Law",
    Riskin
    Shlomo
    , 1989 .
    Synopsis:

    Based on historical data, Rabbi Riskin argues that there are ways in which women can start divorce proceedings. In an appendix, Rabbi Riskin presents his version of a premarital agreement designed to prevent this situation from occurring.

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  • The Agunot Campaign
    "The Agunot Institute",
    The Agunot Campaign
    .
    Synopsis:

    This website contains material about and for agunot, particularly aimed at British Jews. A prenuptial agreement offered by the Chief Rabbi of Britain is provided.

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  • ORA, the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot
    "ORA, the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot",
    ORA, the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot
    .
    Synopsis:

    ORA, the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, is a not-for-profit organization which assists disputing couples in resolving their differences and effectuating a timely Jewish divorce in accordance with the highest standards of Jewish law." The site has some resources and a list of seruvim (and scans of them), which are documents issued by a Beit Din (Jewish court) identifying an individual as being in contempt of court.

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  • Jewish Prenup
    "Jewish Prenup",
    Jewish Prenup
    .
    Synopsis:

    JewishPrenup.org is a website that promotes signing prenups, in particular the RCA prenup for those planning on living in the United States and the Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel prenup for those planning on living in Israel. There are other versions that are offered by various organizations and the reader is advised to carefully examine the available prenup options before choosing the most appropriate one and not rely solely on any one opinion.

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  • University of Manchester Centre for Jewish Studies Agunah Research Uni
    "University of Manchester Centre for Jewish Studies Agunah Research Uni",
    University of Manchester Centre for Jewish Studies Agunah Research Uni
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    Synopsis:

    The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester established in 2004 an Agunah Research Unit to examine the halakhic problems involved in refusal of a husband to give a get. The research Unit is under the direction of Professor Bernard Jackson, a specialist in Jewish law, and Co-Director of the Centre. The purpose of the Unit is to explore ways, within the Orthodox Halakhah, to solve the problem of the mesurevet get (where a husband refuses to give a get to his wife, despite being ordered by a Bet Din to do so

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