Congressman facing pressure from Jewish groups on adviser’s religious divorce dispute

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March 1, 2012

By , Fox News

A top House Republican is facing a swell of pressure from Jewish communities across the country as they lobby, not for legislation, but for his intervention in the personal life of an adviser.

The adviser, Aharon Friedman, has been shunned by Jewish leaders for refusing to grant his ex-wife a religious divorce known as a “get.”

His behavior has been described by critics as a form of domestic abuse — without a get, ex-wife Tamar Epstein is forbidden under Jewish practice from remarrying or having another child. Though they were divorced in civil court in early 2010, Epstein still cannot so much as date.

As Friedman’s refusal emerges as a women’s rights issue in the Jewish community, his boss Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is becoming the focus of a tough social media campaign.

Protesters recently swarmed his Facebook page as part of a concerted effort to pressure Camp to coax his employee into granting his wife the divorce. Camp’s office partially shut down his Facebook wall comments, but people are still writing about the issue in the comments section under Camp’s posts.

“Give Tamar her freedom like every human deserves!” a recent post reads.

A separate petition on Change.org has garnered roughly 2,500 signatures, urging Camp to “take a stand against abuse by condemning Aharon’s abusive behavior.”

This comes on top of occasional protests outside Friedman’s apartment, and even in Brooklyn where a relative lives.

To read more, visit: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/29/congressman-facing-pressure-from-jewish-groups-on-advisers-religious-divorce/#ixzz1npeAUThw

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