International Agunah Day is marked yearly on Tan’anit Esther, which falls out on March 9,2017. Through the work Dr. Levmore does in the IYIM Agunah and Get- Refusal Prevention Project it is clear that the the best possible solution to the Agunah Problem at this time in history is to prevent the very possibilty of Get-Refusal. To this end every marrying couple should sign an agreement for the prevent of get-refusal.
Agunah Day at the Knesset
Dr. Rachel Levmore, director of the IYIM Agunah and Get Refusal Program spoke at the Knesset at a meeting for the Advancement of Women, marking Agunah Day. The focus of this year’s meeting was the creation of the “mamzer” status for children born to mothers who are victims of get-refusal. There was an in-depth discussion of the mamzer status in general with its “blacklist” preventing marriage in Israel, as well as women who are suffering for years as agunot either aborting babies so as not to bring a “mamzer” into the world, or nonetheless bearing children born into that tragic status. Dr. Levmore clarified for the committee, the halakhic policy connection between the two tragedies—agunot and “mamzer” and uncovered a new category of women making the problem more widespread than previously thought. Chair of the meeting, MK Aliza Lavie, summed up the intense, yet fruitful meeting, with practical steps to take.