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Divorce Quiz

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



Question 1. 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 2. 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 3. 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

 

Question 4. What is required to enact a Jewish divorce?
 Two witnesses.
 A court of three rabbis known as a beit din
 A sofer, or scribe, to record the details.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.

 

Question 5. 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 6. What is the name of the Jewish bill of divorce?
 Kaddish
 A get
 A ketubah
 A humash

 

Question 7. 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 8. What is the Hebrew term for a woman that cannot remarry because she doesn't have a get?
 Kallah
 Ketubah
 Agunah
 Talmidah

 

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.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. Which book of the Torah says that if a wife "fails to please [a husband] because he finds something obnoxious about herů he writes her a bill of divorce, hands it to her, and sends her away from his house"?
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Leviticus
 Numbers
 Deuteronomy