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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.

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Divorce: The Halakhic Perspective

Many scholars in the area of Jewish marriage and divorce point proudly to the fact that Jewish marriage is a private ordering between individuals. Those scholars claim that Jewish marriage is a matter of contract between two willing parties, and therefore, unlike the custom in most liberal Western democratic countries, the parties, not the state, determine their personal status. The parties by agreement can decide to get divorced, in the same way that they decided to marry. No reason need be alleged for the divorce. No fault is relevant. No time need elapse between separation and divorce. In theory, parties can marry one day, divorce the next, and then remarry without delay or period of separation.

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