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Susan Weiss

Susan Weiss is the founder and executive director of the Center for Women’s Justice in Jerusalem. She has a B.A. in English literature from Stern College, Yeshiva University; a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School; and an M.A. in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University. She is the author of a number of articles about Jewish women and divorce and is one of the editors of the journal The Law and its Decisor, published by Bar Ilan University. In 1997, Weiss founded Yad L’Isha, a project she directed until 2004.

Articles by this author

Divorce: The Halakhic Perspective

Many scholars claim that Jewish marriage is a matter of contract between two willing parties and as a result they, not the state, can decide to get divorced, in the same way that they decided to marry. However, more critically inclined scholars, and especially feminist scholars, take issue with those who complacently remark on the “progressive, and contractual” ease with which Jewish divorce takes place.

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