OHR TORAH STONE’S “WOMEN MOVING MOUNTAINS” HIKE BRINGS TOGETHER WOMEN FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Ohr Torah Stone’s second annual “Women Moving Mountains” (“Eshet Hamidbar”) hike brought together more than 300 women from across Israel to show their support and to advocate on behalf of the plight faced by agunot – women trapped in Jewish marriages against their will.
The 24 km challenging desert hike took place over the course of 24 hours from March 7-8. The event included refreshment stations, overnight accommodation at the Arava desert’s Antelope ranch, an evening concert by Dafna Armoni, and discussion circles with agunot and Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad La’Isha staff. The program raised important funds for Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline to continue their important work.
Today, there are thousands of women in Israel and around the world who are trapped in marriages by men who refuse to provide them with the Jewish writ of divorce which can set them free, who long for the day when they will be released from their chains and be able to start a new life.
“The plight of agunot is a social issue which affects us all. As a society, we must march alongside them in every possible manner, literally and figuratively, and show our support for setting them free,” said Director of Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad La’isha, Pnina Omer.
“I’m proud that our institution has taken the leadership role in advocating on behalf of agunot; even more so that we’ve been able to create a movement within Israel advocating on behalf of all chained women,” added Ohr Torah Stone President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander.
Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center is the largest, most comprehensive and most experienced support center in the world for agunot – Jewish women whose husbands are unable or unwilling to grant them a divorce. The female advocates of the center’s three Israeli branches leave no stone unturned in representing clients in the rabbinical and civil courts, as staff social workers provide essential social services for the women and their children. Yad La’isha simultaneously strives to raise awareness to the plight of agunot in the public and political spheres, while promoting prenuptial agreements and other preventative measures so as to avoid future cases of trapped women and ensure a brighter future. For more information, visit www.ots.org.il/yadlaisha.
Founded in 1983, Ohr Torah Stone is a Modern Orthodox network of 27 institutions which are transforming Jewish life, learning and leadership worldwide. The network champions academic excellence and creative scholarship infused with intellectual openness and a deep sensitivity to contemporary concerns. It is creating the next generation of Modern Orthodox leaders and training them on how to deal with cutting edge issues that impact the global Jewish community. For more information, visit: https://ots.org.il/.