Wishing you a sad Agunah Day!
We may be about half the population, but that also puts us half the population at risk of being victims to Mesoravot Get (having a divorce refused). The Israeli legal situation gives the husband the exclusive power to break the bond of marriage by giving a Get (divorce). All women who want their status recognized by the State of Israel must receive their divorce from their husband through the rabbinical court – there is no other way. The husband can take this power and use it at will. The options of extortion are endless – they use it to demand custody of the children, or to demand property and money excessively. The message of the institutions seems clear: Give up your independence, your parenting role, your identity and self worth and do anything you can in order to get your Gett (divorce). The problem is, even if you give up everything and use all your bargaining chips, it does not guarantee the 'gett' to your freedom: the freedom to marry and have children who who are not considered bastards, freedom to be recognized as a single parent and receive social benefits, the freedom from economic strains and mental stress due to red tape for years under the auspices of the rabbinical court.
So what will happen this year on agunah day?! Is this another year in which we wish each other the Fast of Esther "Have an easy fast", and continue daily life ?! Or this year as Esther did in the Megillah, will we take our fate in our hands? You have the power to change this intolerable situation – sign a prenuptial agreement, recommend your daughter sign one, and spread awareness about signing prenuptial agreements among your friends. You can help make change and in this way, fight for women's rights.
"A Prenuptial agreement" could decreases your risk of becoming an Agunah!!