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Divorce Quiz

What are the details of ending a Jewish marriage? What contemporary concerns figure into the discussion?



Question 1. What is a shetar piturin?
 A series of questions the rabbi must ask the husband to make sure he is legally able to divorce his wife
 A document of release granted by the rabbi, which allows divorcees to remarry
 A specified amount of money that the husband must pay the wife upon divorce
 The rabbinic court which has expertise in the laws of Jewish divorce

 

Question 2. What is the name of the Jewish bill of divorce?
 Kaddish
 A get
 A ketubah
 A humash

 

Question 3. During a traditional Jewish divorce ceremony, why does the rabbi tear the four corners of the get?
 To symbolize that the marriage has been torn and cannot be reconstructed
 To ensure that the get will not be reused
 To signify that the divorce ceremony is over
 To make a sound that could frighten away demons

 

Question 4. Is a civil divorce accepted as fully dissolving a marriage?
 No.
 Yes, according to Reform Judaism.
 Yes, according to Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism.
 Yes, according to Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative Judaism.

 

Question 5. Which is NOT a rabbinic requirement for a divorce?
 The wife's dowry and any other property she brought into the marriage must be returned
 The husband must consent to give his wife a get
 The husband's absolute power in the divorce situation must be abolished
 The wife must consent to the divorce

 

Question 6. True or false: Divorce is a mitzvah.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. Which book of the Torah says that if a wife "fails to please [a husband] because he finds something obnoxious about herů he writes her a bill of divorce, hands it to her, and sends her away from his house"?
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Leviticus
 Numbers
 Deuteronomy

 

Question 8. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that has expertise in the laws of Jewish divorce?
 Mohel
 Beit Din
 Knesset
 Tevillah

 

Question 9. Once divorced, is a couple allowed to remarry each other, according to Jewish law?
 Yes.
 No.
 Yes, but only with rabbinical approval.

 

Question 10. True or false: If the court is unable to convince him, the beit din cannot mandate a divorce if the husband refuses to give the wife a get.
 True
 False