Haaretz Weekly Podcast with Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari: Why Israel’s ‘Handmaids’ Are Fighting Netanyahu’s Far-right Government
Women’s rights in Israel are in danger, warns Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari: “The judicial overhaul led by Netanyahu poses great risk to Israeli women since the weakening of the power of the High Court of Justice will have a devastating impact on the ability of women to fight back against discriminatory laws.” She applauds the use […]
Violation of Women’s Rights as a Result of the Proposed Regime Changes in Israel
The Rackman Center and Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, the head of the center, warn, together with the Forum of Law Lecturers and Lecturers for Democracy, that the regime changes will harm women. The Israeli Law Professors’ Forum for Democracy, an ad hoc voluntary and politically independent group of experts on Israeli law and specifically Israeli public […]
What’s next for women’s advanced halachic study in Israel?
The work of Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari and the Rackman Center were featured in a piece in the Jerusalem Post, “What’s next for women’s advanced halachic study in Israel?”, published on March 18, 2023. The Rackman Center operates a number of projects, including legal services for women in divorce and promoting policy to protect women’s rights […]
What do the law, Megilat Esther and ‘The Giving Tree’ have in common? A comment on domestic abuse in modern times
Dr. Yael Machtinger, a post-doctoral fellow at The Rackman Center writes about the abuse that Jewish women, anchored to unwanted marriages, are subjected to: Understanding the phenomenon is a prerequisite to preventing it. We must define domestic abuse in the broadest, most inclusive manner. In fact, some jurisdictions are very slowly expanding the definition of […]
The proposed judicial system reform will hurt women and exclude them from the decision-making process.
Last week, the legal memoranda detailing the proposed reform was published. The reform contains many sections that harm women, one of the most obvious among them: a significant reduction in the representation of women in the committee for appointing judges. Today women make up 44% of committee members. After the reforms, they will make up […]
Opposition to the expansion of Rabbinic court powers
The Rackman Center, in cooperation with other organizations appealed to the Minister of Justice, Yariv Levin, with a request that he oppose the expansion of the powers of the rabbinic courts: We would like to bring to your immediate attention our strong opposition to the expansion of the authority of the rabbinical courts (both for […]
Expanding the powers of the Rabbinic Courts to include civil matters could be dangerous.
“Expanding the powers of the rabbinic courts to include civil matters could be dangerous,” says Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Founding Head of the Rackman Center, in an interview with Keren Neubach on her radio program, ‘Seder Yom’. Imagine if employers started adding a clause to employment contracts saying that the employee agrees that any labor dispute […]
The coalition’s commitment to the fight against sexual violence and domestic violence – a letter to Incoming Prime Minister Netanyahu
The Rakman Center, together with other organizations, appealed to the incoming Prime Minister to clearly and decisively commit to the importance of fighting sexual and domestic violence and place this at the top of the public agenda. Following attacks from elements in the expected coalition against this fight to end gender-based violence, we wrote […]
Alienation or incitement or silencing? The failure of the legal system to deal with severing of the parent-child relationship: A lecture by Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari
Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari’s lecture presents how the legal system deals with severed parent-child relationships (parental alienation) within the framework of divorce: “When, close to a divorce, a boy or girl refuses contact with one of the parents, it is very important to examine the cause of this refusal…There is a lack of knowledge about how […]
An Emergency Knesset Session on Women in Israel
The Rackman Center participated, together with other women’s organizations, in an emergency session held in the Knesset on the issue of women in Israel. The conference was initiated by MK Sharon Nir. As an organization that promotes legal equality in the field of family law, it is important for us to emphasize three points: Religious […]