Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Astonishing Complexity Of Divorce In Orthodox Jewry. Why Rabbis Turn To Violence

Pharisee And The Woman Taken In Adultery?

N.B. It is widely agreed that the story of "The Woman Taken In Adultery" 
was added to The Gospel of John long after its original composition.

    • Mark Oppenheimer reports on agunah in the Orthodox Jewish community. An agunah is a woman whose husband refuses to give her a divorce – in Hebrew it means "chained wife." If you're an Orthodox Jew, strictly following Jewish law, the only real way to get divorced is if your husband agrees to hand you a piece of paper called a get. Without the get, women who want out of their marriages can stay chained to their husbands for years. In New York, a couple of rabbis were recently accused of using violence to force men to give their wives a get. Mark writes the Beliefs column for The New York Times

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