Rori Picker Neiss

I Signed The Post-Nup. Why Haven't You?

I do not want to live in a world in which there is a single woman chained to an empty marriage.

01/31/2014
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No one enters a marriage thinking that it will end in divorce. But sometimes, it does. And no one enters a marriage thinking that their spouse might refuse a get-- the religious divorce document-- as leverage for a better divorce settlement or, worse yet, simply to inflict suffering. But sometimes, they do.

We cannot afford not to sign this document, the author writes. Photo courtesy Rori Picker Neiss

Opinion: The Prenup Can Help Everyone

But the document poses a collective action problem: everyone has to sign on.

12/15/2013
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My husband and I agreed when we were dating that if we were ever to get married, we would frame our ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract, and hang it prominently on the wall, with a plaque affixed to the glass that read “In Case of Emergency Break Glass.”

The halachic prenup aims to pre-empt the problem of "chained" women whose husbands won't grant religious divorces. Fotolia

The Shofar Reminds Us To Listen For Unheard Cries

08/28/2013
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There are no tears like a mother's tears.

At the opening of the Book of Samuel, in a story we retell each Rosh Hashanah, we are introduced to Hannah, a woman distressed for the child she yearns to raise, but cannot conceive. The Book of Genesis recounts yet another story we read on Rosh Hashanah, the story of Hagar, a mother who, unable to stay with her son and watch him wither away to death from lack of water, can do nothing more than walk away from him and weep.

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