Divorce: Jewish Style

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Published on 13th July 2017 by

A 2009 documentary by John Edginton who explores the controversial issue of Jewish divorce law which gives the husband the ultimate right to decide whether or not to grant a divorce, meaning that many orthodox Jewish women have been separated from their husbands for many years but not officially divorced from the perspective of other orthodox Jews. Edginton went into orthodox Jewish communities in both the UK and Israel to research the film.

If a husband refuses a divorce the woman is not permitted to get married again in the orthodox way and any children born from a new marriage will he considered illegitimate if the marriage is not accepted to be Jewish. The filmmaker meets with several women who have been trapped without a divorce including one woman who has been denied a divorce for 47 years. Opinion is split amongst Rabbi’s on whether this ancient biblical law can ever be changed.

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