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Divorce Quiz

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

Question 1. According to the Bible, who can initiate a divorce?
 The husband
 The wife
 The rabbinic court
 All of the above


Question 2. True or false: If the court is unable to convince him, the beit din cannot mandate a divorce if the husband refuses to give the wife a get.


Question 3. True or false: Divorce is a mitzvah.


Question 4. What happens to the get once it has been presented to the rabbi?
 It is filed away.
 It is torn up.
 It is publicly displayed for 14 days.


Question 5. 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 6. Which text requires that a get be granted with the husband's "full consent"?
 The Midrash
 The Torah
 The Talmud
 The Zohar


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. Which of these procedures involves a shoe?
 Granting a get.
 Granting a get.
 A conditional get.


Question 9. 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 10. Who writes the get in the Jewish divorce ritual?
 The husband
 A rabbi
 A secular legal official
 A scribe