Viva Hammer

Viva Hammer is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. She is finishing a book on Jewish family size.


Articles by Viva Hammer

Take Back the Night (and the Day)

Rushing into a conference midway through a speech, I scanned the room for a seat then stopped, startled. Had I entered the ...

Prepping for Passover Amid Grief and Taxes

It is the day before Passover and everyone has a yahrtzeit but me. My mother’s mother collapsed on seder night, ten days before her young ...

Megillah on the Run

Purim for Jews is a public riot, but in our family we celebrate Purim quietly.  My brother Daniel can’t hear and our ...

“Ich bin ein JOFA-nik!”

If I ever had a rabbi, Ruth Calderon would be her. I only ever saw Calderon once, on Youtube, as ...

Can A Woman Initiate Jewish Divorce Proceedings?

Under certain circumstances a woman may request that a Jewish court compel the husband to perform the acts required for a Jewish divorce.

Contemporary Activism to Save Agunot

An activist for agunot traces her development from demonstrator to promoter of prenuptial agreements that help protect women in the event of a divorce.

Prenuptial Agreements: A Good Solution to a Difficult Problem

Prenuptial marriage protection agreements that accord with halakhah, or Jewish law, can help secure a woman's freedom to remarry in case of a divorce.

Three Prenuptial Agreements That Just Might Work

Three prenuptial marriage protection agreements have been accepted by Orthodox rabbis as fulfilling halakhah (Jewish law).