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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 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 2. 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 3. Which movement offers three types of get ceremonies--one initiated by the man, one initiated by the woman, and one mutually initiated?
 Reconstructionist
 Reform
 Conservative
 Orthodox

 

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

 

Question 6. What is the Hebrew term for a woman that cannot remarry because she doesn't have a get?
 Kallah
 Ketubah
 Agunah
 Talmidah

 

Question 7. 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 8. What is an agunah?
 A bill of divorce.
 A woman who has been divorced.
 A woman who wants a divorce, but whose husband will not grant it.
 Someone who has been divorced and wants to marry again.

 

Question 9. True or false: The Mishnah lists a series of circumstances when a woman can ask the rabbinic court to compel her husband to perform the acts required for a divorce.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. 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.
 True
 False