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Divorce Quiz

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



Question 1. Is a civil divorce accepted as fully dissolving a marriage?
 No.
 Yes, according to Reform Judaism.
 Yes, according to Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism.
 Yes, according to Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative Judaism.

 

Question 2. What is the name of the Jewish bill of divorce?
 Kaddish
 A get
 A ketubah
 A humash

 

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?
 Aufruf
 Nissuin
 Halitzah
 Yibbum

 

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. Once divorced, is a couple allowed to remarry each other, according to Jewish law?
 Yes.
 No.
 Yes, but only with rabbinical approval.

 

Question 6. Which of these statements about mamzerim is true?
 They may only marry converts or other mamzerim
 They are the result of an adulterous or incestuous union
 Although they are limited in who they can marry, they suffer no other penalties according to Jewish law
 All of the above

 

Question 7. If a man refuses to give his wife a Jewish bill of divorce, what is her legal status?
 She is considered a "chained wife" who cannot remarry
 She is shunned by society
 She can become a mistress to another man
 She has to be a servant in her husband's household

 

Question 8. True or false: Divorce is a mitzvah.
 True
 False

 

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

 

Question 10. What is a shetar piturin?
 A series of questions the rabbi must ask the husband to make sure he is legally able to divorce his wife
 A document of release granted by the rabbi, which allows divorcees to remarry
 A specified amount of money that the husband must pay the wife upon divorce
 The rabbinic court which has expertise in the laws of Jewish divorce