The severe turn in Sarah’s story, that the rabbinical court does not help her get a divorce

Imagine someone telling you that a senior judge came out of court, took the defendant with him in one of the cases on his desk, and went with him to the home of a third person, unrelated to the case and unrelated to the court, so that it would hear the defendant and decide what the judge should rule on. Sounds inconceivable? Well, this is exactly what the head of the patriarchs of the rabbinical courts in Jerusalem, Rabbi Mordechai Ralbag, who is equivalent to a senior judge, will do tonight.

Brief background: About a week ago we revealed here the story of Sarah (pseudonym), who almost 30 years ago first applied to the rabbinical court for a divorce from her husband, and since then she has repeatedly tried to arouse the mercy of the judges, so that they would force him to grant her the desired divorce. A long line of rabbis who met the couple over the years, on the mission of the rabbinical court, in an attempt to examine the possibility of making peace, did not spare the pen tribe from the husband. “He’s a bully,” one wrote. “Spends a goat all the time on his wife,” the other stated. “Sheds the blood of his wife and the mother of his children,” the third ruled. “There is no chance of peace at home,” the fourth concluded.

In between, the wife continued to bear alone the burden of raising their six joint children, with the husband not paying the alimony he was required to pay, and she supported the extended family from the money she earned from caring for several toddlers in her home. At one point, the woman sued the husband in family court, detailing the mental anguish he caused her, the loneliness he inflicted on her, and the suffering that was her lot.

. The court awarded her NIS 425,000, which she inflated when her husband did not bother to pay them, for a much higher amount. When she realized that the husband did not intend to pay – not only the alimony, but also this ruling – she sold their shared apartment and collected the debt from the money received.

Sarah, pseudonym (Photo: Private)

Two weeks ago, when the rabbinical court was required to rule on her fourth divorce lawsuit, the dayan, Rabbi Mordechai Ralbag, decided to dismiss her lawsuit, leaving her aguna until she paid her husband more than a million shekels, the amount she religiously won in family court. , Is gone, after the woman used it to raise the six children and marry them.

It’s not over here. Beyond his decision, according to which “there is no room to discuss the divorce claim filed by the woman in the court,” the dayan, Rabbi Ralbag, decided to go one step further, sending the husband to his Rebbe, the Rebbe of Sanz, so that it could make a decision on two matters .

One, “Should the husband insist on demanding a return to a peaceful life with his wife,” a peace that the wife has not been interested in for nearly three decades, and that anyone who has met with this case has determined that he has no possibility. The second, “As long as the answer is not to insist, how much money should the woman pay to the man who will give her the ghetto.”

Sounds weird? moment. That’s not all. A few days ago, the dayan announced that the meeting with the Rebbe of Sanz would take place on Sunday, that is, tonight, at 20:00 at the Rebbe’s house. Who will attend this meeting other than the host? The judge, the panel secretary in the court and the husband. Who will not participate? The woman. Neither she nor her powerlessness.

This story is crazy, on the face of it, from every possible direction. They are that the judge leaves the court and travels to the house of a private person, to discuss with him the issues that are to be discussed in his courtroom. Both in that the dayan transfers to that individual the right to decide the case, a right and duty imposed on him by the law. They are that this discussion is conducted in a position where the Rebbe, the Dayan and the husband are present, and the wife is not present.

The woman’s lawyers, Arie Arbus and Netanel Oved, from the firm of Arbus, Kedem, Tzur, rushed over the weekend and sent an urgent request to the court to cancel the meeting scheduled for tonight. “In our regulations and sources, there is no procedure for holding meetings by the tribunal,” they wrote. “For a court meeting with parties regarding the matter before it, there is a specific name – it is called ‘hearing’.”

Following the appeal to the court, they tried to understand how the judge intends to conduct this proceeding. “How will the facts be clarified? Who will present the position of the applicant (the woman – KL)? How will her claims, evidence and proofs be presented on her behalf? How can you defend and fend off husband claims? And how can you appeal the Rebbe’s decision, if and when requested? Who is the appellate court on the Rebbe’s decision from Sanz Shlita?

The management of the rabbinical courts stated in response: “The proceedings in the court are confidential by law and are prohibited from publication. The system of rabbinical courts is careful to maintain the privacy of the parties convicted and will not provide any information about pending proceedings. The court uses the legal advice of the management of the rabbinical courts to obtain a divorce. ”


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