Agunah Issues in Israel Guest
Lecturer: Daniel Sinclair 8.00pm Monday 4 April
Daniel Sinclair will discuss Towards Resolving the Agunah Problem: The
Background in Jewish Law and Some Developments. Agunah is a major problem in
contemporary Israeli family law, the wife who is refused a get (a religious
bill of divorce) by her husband.
A survey of the halakhic background to the problem and some of the solutions
proposed in the past is followed by a discussion of recent initiatives in
this area both from within halakhic circles and in Israeli law. The lecture
covers the bills passed recently by both the religious and secular
governmental parties. It highlights the jurisdictional rivalry between the
religious and the secular Israeli courts.
Daniel Sinclair is a British-born Israeli scholar of Jewish law (Halakhah)
who specializes in contemporary Jewish medical ethics. His books include
Tradition and the Biological Revolution and Jewish Biomedical Law: Legal and
Extra-legal Dimensions. He has authored a number of articles on Jewish
ethics and written about Israeli applications of Jewish law. He teaches at
Fordham University and at the College of Management Academic Studies in
Rishon Lezion, Israel and has taught at the Spertus Institute in Chicago. An
Orthodox rabbi, Professor Sinclair has served as the Rabbi of the Edinburgh
Hebrew Congregation and as Dean of Jews' College, London. He is a popular
lecturer at the Avshalom Institute.
Members pre-paid NIS 40 Members at Door NIS 50 Non-members NIS