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The Spirituality of Separation

Rabbi's guide to Jewish divorce offers helpful, if not somewhat unrealistic, advice

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/the_spirituality_of_separation_20021011

Perry Netter's wonderful title comes from the preeminent biblical commentator, Rashi, who in the 11th century said of the biblical command to write out a bill of divorcement: "Divorce is a mitzvah." A divorce is not to be pursued, Netter comments on the commentator, but should a separation between husband and wife be warranted, obligations are imposed upon the spouses that contain all the weight of God's commanding voice.

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