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Divorce Quiz

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

Question 1. 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 2. Which is NOT a rabbinic requirement for a divorce?
 The wife's dowry and any other property she brought into the marriage must be returned
 The husband must consent to give his wife a get
 The husband's absolute power in the divorce situation must be abolished
 The wife must consent to the divorce


Question 3. 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 4. Which of the following is true while granting a divorce?
 The wife hands the husband the get, or divorce decree.
 The husband hands the get to the wife.
 The husband drops the decree into the wife's hands.
 It does not matter.
 None of the above.


Question 5. 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 6. Who writes the get in the Jewish divorce ritual?
 The husband
 A rabbi
 A secular legal official
 A scribe


Question 7. What is a ketubah?
 A marriage agreement
 A bill of divorce
 A summons to appear before the Beit Din to discuss divorce
 The written amount of money a woman gets for alimony


Question 8. What is the name of the Jewish bill of divorce?
 A get
 A ketubah
 A humash


Question 9. True or false: People present at the divorce tribunal may protest the divorce.


Question 10. Is a civil divorce accepted as fully dissolving a marriage?
 Yes, according to Reform Judaism.
 Yes, according to Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism.
 Yes, according to Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative Judaism.