Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau on Tuesday ordered to delay the burial of the mother of a Get refuser who has been keeping his ex-wife in a state of Aguna for more than a decade.

Five years ago, the man remarried in an unofficial rabbinical court, leaving his first wife without a Get which keeps her from being remarried in a religious ceremony.

The Chief Rabbi ordered Israel’s burial society to refrain from burying the mother, whose coffin had arrived overnight from the US to Israel, until the order of the United States Rabbinical Court is upheld.

Rabbi Lau said: “We hope this move will bring about a speedy Get and the woman will be released from her moorings after so many years.”

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