Applauds New Court
Wed, 12/18/2013

Regarding “New Agunah Court Could Hinge On Haredi Rabbis” (Dec. 13): Throughout the centuries there have been various takanahs [decrees] involving divorce. 
During the Babylonian period there was a more liberal view regarding divorce
and during the time of the Rambam a stricter adherence in giving a
divorce. During the 19th century in Germany there was a high divorce rate
due to the rise of financial status of women and the migration of Jews in
Eastern Europe. The majority of these women were granted divorces in order to
preserve the community. Be that as it may there is no reason today for women
to be at the mercy of bet dins that do not allow a woman a divorce from her
husband — whatever the reason.

Rabbi Krauss should be applauded for this
great step — as well as other like-minded individuals who have stood up to
the status quo in regards to other derisive situations that have sullied the
Jewish community in the past few years.

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