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The Rabbinical Court needs to step up and rule on divorce refusal

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The updated Rabbinical Courts Bill in Israel has sparked debate over the definition of 'divorce refusal'. Women's rights organizations successfully eliminated a contentious clause that limited the definition, but concerns remain about the potential harm caused by such a definition being voted into law. The proposed definition inaccurately implies that a court order is necessary for a halachic or moral obligation to divorce, disregarding cases where one party refuses to give or accept a divorce. The lack of attention and public discourse surrounding this issue is alarming, as it could have significant consequences for women experiencing divorce refusal. It is crucial for the public to hold their representatives accountable and demand legislation that addresses legitimate public needs.

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