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Sunday, February 17 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
The Modern Day Esther: A Day to Commemorate Chained Women (Agunot)

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Ta'anit Esther, the fast on the 13th day of Adar to commemorate Queen Esther's fast in the Bible, has recently been reclaimed as Yom Ha'agunah, The Day of the Agunah (Chained Woman). An “agunah” is a woman who wants to divorce her husband but is trapped in her marriage because he denies her permission; she is unable to remarry. This session will explore the ramifications of Jewish divorce in both civil & Jewish law, and how we can help Jewish women who are trapped.  Sources will be available in both English and Hebrew.

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Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Piscataway ballroom level