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Social Media as a Tool to Lobby for Jewish Divorce

Social media is a powerful tool to lobby for Jewish divorce. A court nearly took it away.
Dr. Michael (Avi) Helfand is a Senior Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is currently the Brenden Mann Foundation Chair in Law and Religion and Co-Director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion and Ethics at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law as well as Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. Avi received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. in Political Science

“A New Jersey appellate court held last week that the First Amendment protects the right of a woman, chained to a marriage due to her husband’s refusal to grant her a Jewish divorce, to disseminate content that mobilizes social pressure to change her husband’s mind.

The underlying problem in such circumstances is that Jewish law only allows a husband to initiate the Jewish divorce process. Without receiving a get — a Jewish divorce document — Jewish law prohibits a woman from remarrying. Some husbands have, in turn, exploited this asymmetry to demand more favorable divorce settlement terms in exchange for the get — or sometimes abusive husbands have simply withheld the get in order to exercise power and control.”

Read the complete article on The Forward.

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