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Mar 23, 2021, 6:20 PM
The four daughters of forced marriage
All young people must have the right to choose who to marry, when to marry or if they marry at all. The Haggadah refers to four sons and explains how each of them differently experience the telling of the Pesach story, and how we should...
Feb 12, 2021, 3:18 PM
Social pressures hinder free and full consent
I recently watched Pixar’s Brave. Merida, the heroine, is being pressurised by her mother, to get married. It struck me that Merida was subject to a forced marriage, as UK law sets out: You have the right to choose who you marry, when you marry...
Feb 1, 2021, 5:09 PM
Toxic ‘them versus us’ narrative makes the chasm grow wider
When it was reported that police had broken up a wedding in Yesoday Hatorah school in Stamford Hilll, I was just surprised it had taken them so long. It’s been known for months that despite Covid lockdown rules that Charedi weddings have continued. Initially, the...
Dec 27, 2017, 5:56 PM
It’s time for the entire community to embrace British values
The recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of “In the matter of M (Children)” overturned the High Court decision in “J V B” to give transwoman “J” contact with her children. This case is a timely reminder that the Orthodox community cannot ignore...
Nov 17, 2017, 11:34 AM
Rabbis, please confirm shunning children is inconsistent with Jewish law
How the UK justice system handles intentional (illegal) discrimination in the Jewish community
Oct 20, 2017, 5:09 PM
We shouldn’t need courts to tell us to give boys and girls the same chances
Last week’s Court of Appeal decision in the Al-Hijrah case found for Ofsted that segregated education is discriminatory for both boys and girls due to their lack of opportunity to develop confident relationships with the opposite gender. The judgement seems bizarre given that the right...
Eve Sacks is a co-founder of Nahamu, a think-tank lobbying on harms in the Charedi community, and a trustee of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance UK.