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Last Jew to leave Afghanistan divorces his wife after refusing for 20+ years

Zebulon Simantov (right), Afghanistan's last Jew, seen with one of his rescuers, after fleeing to a neighboring country. (Screenshot/Kan)
Zebulon Simantov (right), Afghanistan's last Jew, seen with one of his rescuers, after fleeing to a neighboring country. (Screenshot/Kan)

Zebulon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan who recently fled the country following a military takeover by the Taliban, has granted his wife a divorce after refusing for more than 20 years.

The Jewish get has been granted by the Sydney Beth Din, headed by Rabbi Yehoram Ulman, according to Makor Rishon journalist Zvika Klein.

Klein publishes a screenshot from a Zoom conversation that also included Istanbul-based Rabbi Mendy Chitrik and businessman Moti Kahana, who has been pushing for Simantov to give a divorce since the perilous escape from Afghanistan earlier this month.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Orthodox rabbis have given their okay to divorce procedures held over Zoom in cases where a get is refused.

Several similar procedures were held in Israel, meaning Simantov’s divorce will likely be recognized by religious authorities as valid.

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