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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 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 2. 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

 

Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. True or false: Divorce is a mitzvah.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. Once divorced, is a couple allowed to remarry each other, according to Jewish law?
 Yes.
 No.
 Yes, but only with rabbinical approval.

 

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