Divorce

Widows in Jewish Tradition

The Torah tells us to protect widows--but not all Jewish authorities recommend marrying them.

What Is A Mamzer?

Jewish children born from forbidden sexual relations pose ethical and communal challenges.

Exorcising the Get: A Ritual of Healing

The author created a ritual to exorcise the pain she experienced when she was required to receive her get with utter passivity.

Annulment of Marriages

Rarely do we see as clearly the tension between traditional Jewish practices and secular values as in the issue of annulment.

Reconstructionist Judaism Offers Egalitarian Divorce Options

In addition to the traditional get (bill of divorce) granted by the husband, Reconstructionism offers a woman-initiated get and a mutual get.

Conditional Divorce

The husband may grant a conditional divorce if he expects to be in mortal danger.

History & Development of Divorce

History of Jewish divorce, Biblical, Talmudic, and modern

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.

Potential Solutions to the Agunah Problem

Orthodox and Conservative rabbis have worked to create solutions within the Jewish framework, including prenuptial agreements and retroactive annulment.

The Divorced-Parent Family & the Synagogue Community

When the synagogue is welcoming, the newly divorced begin to overcome their inhibitions about reconnecting to the Jewish community.

Halitzah: The Ceremonial Release from Levirate Marriage

Halitzah is the ritual that releases a childless widow from levirate marriage, wherein her brother-in-law must marry her to give her a child in his brother's name.