Jewish Views on Divorce

By Eliot Gertel

American Jewish Committee (AJC), 1983

The author presents a review of evolving Jewish views on marriage and divorce. He traces the sources and issues up to the present, and discusses the contemporary challenge of adapting Jewish divorce law to current needs while retaining the spirit of the tradition. The author concludes by asserting that divorcing spouses and the Jewish communities they are a part of must understand the ethical challenges included in divorce which can often be difficult. The author affirms that within Jewish tradition, there has always been a history of seeking to expand the ethical scope of divorce laws in order to accommodate the modern Jew in bringing about dignity and compassion to the difficult process of dissolving a marriage.

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Jewish Text, Family, Marriage

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Gertel, Eliot. Jewish Views on Divorce. American Jewish Committee (AJC). 1983:


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