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Jewish Divorce

Orthodox Rabbi Convicted Of Conspiring To Kidnap And Force Jewish Men Into Granting Divorces

The Associated Press | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An Orthodox rabbi accused of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives was convicted on Tuesday...

Four Rabbis and the Get: My Jewish Divorce

TueNight | Posted 08.23.2014 | Divorce

Most people know about the Jewish tradition of smashing a glass to remember the destruction of the First Temple, especially since it takes place in the presence of all wedding guests. By contrast, the ketubah ceremony occurs in a more private setting.

French Chief Rabbi Accused Of Extortion Over Religious Divorce

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion

France's Chief Rabbi Michel Gugenheim has been accused of extorting $120,000 from a woman seeking his signature for a religious divorce, L'Express rep...

Why It Took Me 6 Years To Get A Jewish Divorce

Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion

Divorce proceedings are often frustrating and emotional, but they don't usually take six years. Unfortunately for Carolyn Appell, that's how long it t...

5 Ways That Divorce Mediation Can Help Resolve the 'Get' Crisis

Morghan Leia Richardson | Posted 03.08.2014 | Divorce
Morghan Leia Richardson

Leah was still chained to her ex-husband: two years after the civil court granted her a divorce. Her ex-husband Dovid, a devote orthodox Jew, still re...

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.

What If You Mess Up? What Divorce Teaches About Marriage

Rabbi Manis Friedman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Manis Friedman

As with all G‑d's instructions in the Torah, getting divorced is a mitzvah, a divine commandment. In fact, His instructions on divorce are very explicit. But why?

'I Did, I Do, I Will... Alas, I Simply Can't Anymore': Marking the End of a Same-sex Couple's Spiritual Bond

Margaret Moers Wenig | Posted 05.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Margaret Moers Wenig

Jewish law permits one person to petition another for release from a vow she has made (hattarat nedarim), and permits a person to release another from the bonds of marriage (by giving a gett). But what words might a same-sex couple use for such a rite of release?

The Pain Of Coming From Divorce

Shloime Dachs | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Shloime Dachs

Everyone knows someone who is going through divorce. It's distressing and hard to deal with. I witness firsthand the children who come to OHEL, a community service organization where I serve on the Board, and tell stories of getting picked on and feeling helpless.

A Responsible Solution To The Jewish Divorce Crisis

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

There are now rabbis throughout North America who will ensure that every future husband and wife ready to walk down that aisle helps protect themselves and the entire Jewish community by signing a prenuptial agreement.

Dave Camp: You Have The Right To Fire Aharon Friedman

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

Dave Camp absolutely has the power to deal with the actions of his employee, Aharon Friedman. If he wanted to, he could fire him today.

Compelling Jewish Men To Grant A Divorce Through Social Media

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

This might be the first example of how social media can help get a recalcitrant husband to end the marital legal war and present his wife with a get, but it likely will not be the last.

Open Letter to House Ethics Committee: Time to Launch Investigation into Rep. Camp Staffer Re. Aharon Friedman

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 05.04.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

Mr. Friedman and his ex-wife, Ms. Tamar Epstein, were granted a civil divorce by a Maryland court in April, 2010. Mr. Friedman, however, continues to refuse to grant Ms. Epstein a religious divorce known as a "get."

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.

Man Kidnapped, Beaten For Refusing To Grant Wife A Divorce

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 09.17.2011 | Divorce

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey rabbi and his wife surrendered to the FBI on Monday on charges that they abducted an Israeli man, beat him and thre...

Non-Confrontational Clergy: When Inactions Speak Louder Than Words

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

If one chooses not to get involved, the consequences could be damning. The opposite argument is that involvement can make people angry. A religious leader has a lot to be stressed out about.

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 | 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...

The Toxic Dump

Rabbi Mordecai Finley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Rabbi Mordecai Finley

Anger is the great toxin; it will make any relationship bad and any divorce worse. Everyone has a reason for being angry, for filling oneself with toxicity due to someone else's behavior.