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The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women's Status

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The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women's Status, operating within the framework of the Faculty of Law of Bar-Ilan University, was founded in 2001 in order to eradicate discrimination against women and strengthen their status in Israeli society by translating academic knowledge and research into practical steps and activities.

The Center operates a legal assistance program for women in matters of family, and is engaged in public activities, in research, and in the empowerment of women. The Center implements the vision of Rabbi Emanuel Rackman for the advancement of women's rights in Israel and the improvement of women's status in family law and the Jewish Halakha.

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Rackman Center Exec Speaks Out On Behalf Of Agunot

In the Jerusalem Post article "It isn't over until the husband says 'I do,'" Atara Kenigsberg, executive director of the Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women at Bar-Ilan University, says that a major problem for women seeking a get is that "the recalcitrant husband will find favor in the eyes of the beit din by stating unequivocally that he will grant his wife a get. Yet of course, this is invariably followed by what he wants in return."

She believes that from the very first hearing, the methodology that the rabbinical courts use is part of the reason so many cases drag on for years. Kenigsberg added, "The courts are often guilty of giving in to the prima donna attitude of the husband, who believes he has the right to get whatever he can out of his wife, including money and custody rights." Read the Jerusalem Post article here »

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