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Rabbinical ruling helps Jewish Israeli women get divorced

Attempting to pressure a husband who refuses to grant a divorce writ to his wife, the Israel Chief rabbinate ruled that his father would be prevented from being buried in Israel when the time comes.
Orthodox wedding

On Sept. 6, Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau banned the burial in Israel of a (still living) man whose son refused to grant his wife a divorce and fled to the United States. The ruling was an effort to pressure the husband into freeing his wife from their marriage.

In Israel, marriages, divorces and most burials are conducted according to one's religion. Jews get married according to Jewish law, Muslims according to Muslim law, Christians according to church regulations, etc. There are no civil marriages or civil divorces. Civil burials exist, but no Jewish Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox family would ever turn to such a solution. 

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