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Jewish Teaching on Marriage and Divorce

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Jewish Teaching on Marriage and Divorce In this essay I will be writing about Jewish teaching on marriage and divorce. Marriage is seen to be very important by many Jews in physical and spiritual ways. This is shown by the Hebrew word for marriage Kiddushin that means holiness. There are many over reasons that Jews get married. One of these reasons would be for kids as the first commandment in genesis is to go populate the world, as children are a gift from god. Also it is not good to be alone as shown by god with the companionship of Adam and Eve. They also believe that if a person is married it will develop their personality within the relationship. It underpins society and promotes the continuity of Judaism. There sins are forgiven when one marries, according to Jewish teaching. Jewish people believe that marriage brings happiness and that an unmarried man lives a life without joy, without blessing and without god. ...read more.


There are many places where Jews can go to find a partner like on the internet and organisations designed for Jews to meet other Jews. Most Jews find the need to marry other Jews because if they don't it could end up with the child Jewish or not. If the child's mother is Jewish and the father isn't then the child would be Jewish but if the father is Jewish and the mother isn't then the child would not be Jewish. This could lead to marriage difficulties and maybe even divorce. Some Jewish people are getting concerned about other Jews that are 'marrying out', this is where a Jewish man marries a non - Jewish woman or vice versa. This is a problem because they are less likely to keep Jewish practises, more likely to divorce and there children might feel less Jewish and they might marry out as well. Jews believe that when you get married you leave your mother and father to be with his wife "a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24) ...read more.


For a divorce to be finalized the husband has to give his wife a get which is a document that verifies that they both can remarry. Only the husband can initiate a divorce because he has to give the get to his wife but needs wife's consent. This originates from the bible "a man takes a wife and possesses her. She fails to please him because he finds something obnoxious about her, and he writes a bill of divorcement, hands it to her and sends her away from his house"(Deuteronomy 24.1). The divorce would take place in the Beth Din which is a rabbinic Court of Law; in the U.K. a couple also need a civil divorce under British Law. A divorce could be a problem for a Jewish woman because sometimes the husband might not let them get a divorce; women can't get the divorce themselves and therefore can't remarry. This situation creates an agunot. To modernise Jewish divorce rabbis try to convince the husband to give hid wife a get but if he doesn't they can give her a grant that allows her to remarry so avoiding the agunah problem. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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