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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 required to enact a Jewish divorce?
 Two witnesses.
 A court of three rabbis known as a beit din
 A sofer, or scribe, to record the details.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 2. What is the Hebrew term for a woman that cannot remarry because she doesn't have a get?


Question 3. True or false: People present at the divorce tribunal may protest the divorce.


Question 4. What happens to the get once it has been presented to the rabbi?
 It is filed away.
 It is torn up.
 It is publicly displayed for 14 days.


Question 5. Once divorced, is a couple allowed to remarry each other, according to Jewish law?
 Yes, but only with rabbinical approval.


Question 6. Which of these statements best describes the Reform movement's policy on divorce?
 The moment a couple divorces in a civil court in the U.S., their marriage is considered dissolved in the eyes of Jewish law.
 A get is absolutely required, but it can be initiated by either the husband or the wife.
 A get is required to end marriages between a man and a woman, but not to end same-sex marriages.
 When a man divorces the wife of his youth, even the altar of God sheds tears.


Question 7. According to the Bible, under what circumstances can a man never divorce his wife?
 If it was a second marriage for both of them
 If she is older than he is
 If she was a virgin he had raped and was forced to marry
 Any of the above
 None of the above


Question 8. 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"?


Question 9. True or false: If the husband/wife cannot or do not want to be present at the divorce ceremony, they may appoint agent(s) to represent them before the rabbinic court.


Question 10. According to the Bible, who can initiate a divorce?
 The husband
 The wife
 The rabbinic court
 All of the above