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Divorce Quiz

What are the details of ending a Jewish marriage? What contemporary concerns figure into the discussion?

Question 1. During a traditional Jewish divorce ceremony, why does the rabbi tear the four corners of the get?
 To symbolize that the marriage has been torn and cannot be reconstructed
 To ensure that the get will not be reused
 To signify that the divorce ceremony is over
 To make a sound that could frighten away demons


Question 2. During the divorce ritual, what does the man do to officially declare that the woman is free to remarry?
 Drop the get into the woman's hands
 Tear the corners of the get
 Burn the get
 Brings the get to a local rabbi to get his signature


Question 3. What is the ceremony called in which a childless widow's brother-in-law is released from his obligation to marry his late brother's wife?


Question 4. Which of these statements best describes the Reform movement's policy on divorce?
 The moment a couple divorces in a civil court in the U.S., their marriage is considered dissolved in the eyes of Jewish law.
 A get is absolutely required, but it can be initiated by either the husband or the wife.
 A get is required to end marriages between a man and a woman, but not to end same-sex marriages.
 When a man divorces the wife of his youth, even the altar of God sheds tears.


Question 5. When might a conditional get be granted?
 Before marriage, just in case anything happens to the husband
 If the husband expects to face a situation of mortal danger
 If the husband falls ill
 By the Beit Din, in case the husband couldn't grant a get before he died


Question 6. True or false: Orthodox rabbis have almost completely eradicated the agunah problem.


Question 7. True or false: If the husband/wife cannot or do not want to be present at the divorce ceremony, they may appoint agent(s) to represent them before the rabbinic court.


Question 8. What is an agunah?
 A bill of divorce.
 A woman who has been divorced.
 A woman who wants a divorce, but whose husband will not grant it.
 Someone who has been divorced and wants to marry again.


Question 9. What is halitzah?
 The pen used to enscribe a get.
 The phrase that each witness recites in order to signify their approval of the divorce.
 The required wedding between a woman left childless and her brother-in-law.
 A ritual in which a woman left childless is not forced to marry her brother-in-law.


Question 10. Are prenuptial agreements permitted in Orthodox Judaism?
 Yes, but only for men.