The husband had made the giving of the get conditional upon having his debts pardoned by the National Insurance Institute (NII). But since the NII had not authorized the pardon, the get could not be issued.Ask yourself this: in what kind of a system can a husband, a convicted child abuser by the way, make divorce conditional on having his child-support waived and paid instead by the NII (ie. the Israeli tax payer) -- and have this accepted and enabled by the courts? In what kind of a system can the head of the court -- who is considered one of the figures more sympathetic towards agunot -- retort that he does "not understand why the woman expected a get" before the blackmail had been rewarded? And in what kind of a system do the judges unilaterally decide not to show up to the day's session, for any reason? A system which is rotten to the core, that's what kind of a system.
The husband's debt with NII resulted from his refusal to pay child support to his wife. NII has paid her instead, but the husband is supposed to reimburse NII.
According to an agreement reached between the husband and the wife, the judges were supposed to ask the administrative arm of the rabbinic court system to request that the NII write off the husband's debt.
However, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, administrative head of the rabbinic courts, told the Post that no request had been made by the judges. Ben-Dahan also said that he did not understand why the woman expected a get before the debt had been taken care of, as stipulated in the agreement.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Apropos our discussion on the appointment of judges to Israel's Rabbinical Court, read this, this or this account of one woman's experience in said court this week. The highlight:
Posted by Miriam at 8:29 PM