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The Get: Jewish Divorce - Conservative Perspective

Conservative Judaism follows both the biblical as well as Talmudic laws with regards to the Jewish divorce. However, unlike most orthodox rabbis it does allow for certain changes in the Talmudic law that accommodate the modern era.

When a man takes a wife and marries her, if she finds no favor in his eyes because of ervat davar (some fault or indecency) and he writes her a bill of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house.” (Deuteronomy 24:1)

Based on this biblical passage, Talmudic sages have set specific formal requirements for the Get to be valid

 •   The Get must be written. A sofer or religious scribe writes the Get in an accepted format.
 •   The Get can only be written with the explicit approval of the husband. The husband must not be coerced in any way to give the Get.
 •   Specifics like name of husband and the wife he is divorcing are to be included at the time of the writing of the Get. No blanks can be left over to be filled later, such as date (in fact the document can not be predated) or names of the participants.
 •   The document to be used for the Get must be clean, with no erasures allowed or possible, and it can not be attached to the ground (like a leaf).
 •   The wife must physically accept the Get.

The text simply reads: “You are hereby permitted to all men," This signifies that the wife is no longer a married woman, and therefore the laws of adultery are no longer applicable.

 •  Jewish Divorce: The Get (Gett) Text in Hebrew and English
 •  Resources and Information for Obtaining Jewish Divorce (Get)

 •  Jewish Divorce: Orthodox Perspective
    –  The Get Procedure: Obtaining a Jewish Divorce
    –  Marital Assets and Alimony
    –  Custody and Child Support
    –  Agunah Issues
    –  Getting a "Get."  The last resort. by Daniel Hadar

 •  Jewish Divorce: Conservative Perspective
    –  The Get Procedure: Obtaining a Jewish Divorce
    –  Marital Assets and Alimony
    –  Custody and Child Support
    –  Agunah Issues

 •  Jewish Divorce: Reform Perspective
    –  Is a Get Necessary: by Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser


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