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James Brown Biopic: Should Life Stories Really Include Fabricated Incidents?

Charles Thomson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Thomson

It is surely irresponsible to insert significant, fictitious incidents into movies marketed as true stories. Besides which, James Brown's life story was about as dramatic as they come. If you can't turn that into a compelling movie without inventing non-existent shotgun fire, nobody's life story is safe.

Cutting Off the Noise to Spite the Faith

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Having grown up in the orthodox Jewish community, I know the value of a "Get" and how a woman becomes an "agunah," a chained woman, when her husband refuses to grant her one.

Get Your Get Before Your New Spouse Gets Upset

Deborah S. Chames | Posted 08.11.2013 | Divorce
Deborah S. Chames

I represent many Orthodox Jews in my practice. Under Jewish law, in order to obtain a divorce, the husband must give his wife a "Get," a divorce document, which effectuates the divorce.

Withholding Get: Should Congressman Dave Camp Care?

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

Camp's office has rebuffed attempts by the Jewish community for him to urge Aharon Friedman to give a get... Camp's office has said that this is an internal religious matter in which they do not want to get involved.

The Horror of Withholding a Jewish Divorce: Looking Beneath the Surface of A Horrific Law

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
SaraKay Smullens

Many find the following impossible to believe: According to Jewish law only a husband, and never a wife, can "give" a Get, or Jewish divorce.

Secular Protestors Plea For Woman's Religious Divorce

nytimes.com | MARK OPPENHEIMER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

This should have been a good New Year's for Aharon Friedman, a 34-year-old tax counsel for the Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee. He s...