How Jewish Law Views Wife Beating

By Debra Orenstein

Lilith Publications, Inc., Summer 1998

The author, a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, argues that as a practical matter, rabbis have downplayed and even ignored allowances for spousal battery. They have relied on the general halachic prohibition against assault and stressed the values of shalom bayit (maintaining a peaceful household) and honoring one's wife. The contemporary American Jewish community has chosen not to treat wife-beating as a halachic problem. The limited solutions that have been offered have been programmatic and communally based, rather than legal, with their source in the rabbinate.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Communal Responsibility, Abuse, Marriage, Clergy

Name of Publication: Lilith

Editor: Weidman Schneider, Susan

Volume/Issue: 20

Page Number(s): 9

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Orenstein, Debra. How Jewish Law Views Wife Beating. Lilith. Lilith Publications, Inc.. Summer 1998: 9.


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