An overview of how marriages are traditionally dissolved.
Confronting the issue of agunot, or "chained" wives.
The liberal movements who have held that a civil divorce constitutes a get, or Jewish divorce, are finding that on an emotional, religious level, it's just not enough.
There is more than one way to mark a divorce in a Jewish spiritual context.
What's involved in dissolving a Jewish marriage.
After two difficult divorces "chained" her, an Orthodox mom finds a way to protect her freedom.
What are the details of ending a Jewish marriage?
Over time the rabbis increased the wife's power in a marriage, yet maintained the absolute right of the husband to grant a divorce.
Biblical divorce law provided some protection for women by setting limits on a man's absolute power to divorce.
Divorce is meant to take care of the wife. But occasionally, a husband will manipulate the system.
In the context of Jewish divorce, there are no chained men. Why?
Writing and delivering the get (bill of divorce) is a complicated process requiring experts in Jewish divorce law.
This rarely performed ritual releases a man from the obligation of marrying his deceased brother's childless wife.
The get is the bill of divorce that the husband gives to the wife to release her from the marriage.
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