Domestic Violence in Jewish Law

How Judaism views wifebeating.

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Thus, although in modern times there are almost no rabbinic authorities who justify wifebeating for the purpose of education, there are many who still do not allow a forced divorce to free the victim of wifebeating. Because of the hardships imposed on women by this reluctance, there has been some talk of reviving a takkanah procedure such as R. Peretz (thirteenth century) suggested. However, as of today rabbinic authorities do not yet make use of this creative halakhic tool. 

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Naomi Graetz has been teaching English at Ben Gurion University of the Negev since 1974. She is the author of Unlocking the Garden: A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible, Midrash and God, The Rabbi's Wife Plays at Murder, S/He Created Them: Feminist Retellings of Biblical Stories, and Silence is Deadly: Judaism Confronts Wifebeating.