Finale: All Rise
All Rise 2007 - Photo: Bettye Lane
"For the judges whose judgments we will never know...
If we had women judges on a Beit Din, that could be one solution to the plight of the Agunah (the chained woman unable to get a divorce)."
-- Helène Aylon
"All Rise" addresses the patriarchal tradition that allows three males to pass judgment in the Jewish Court but forbids women to judge. The piece alludes to one solution for the plight of the Aguna: The Agunah (translated “chained woman”) cannot get a divorce if her husband denies it to her. If there were three women judges, the Aguna might have more of a chance to be heard.