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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. Once divorced, is a couple allowed to remarry each other, according to Jewish law?
 Yes, but only with rabbinical approval.


Question 3. 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 4. What is the name of the Jewish bill of divorce?
 A get
 A ketubah
 A humash


Question 5. 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 6. At a traditional Jewish divorce ceremony, the presiding rabbi may ask the witnesses all of these questions except
 Did you hear the husband order the scribe to write a get for his wife?
 Is this your signature?
 Do you agree that there is sufficient cause for this couple to divorce?
 Did the husband tell you to sign the get?


Question 7. True or false: Divorce is a mitzvah.


Question 8. 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 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.


Question 10. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that has expertise in the laws of Jewish divorce?
 Beit Din