The Jewish “Get”

The Hebrew bible views marriage as a sacred and vital institution in Jewish life. But it also recognizes that in some cases marriages do not work out, and, in such circumstances, it emphasizes the need for the marriage to end. In order to end the marriage, a husband must voluntarily give, and a wife must voluntarily receive, a Jewish bill of divorce, known as a get. The origin of the word get, according to a rabbinic source: the Gaon of Vilna, stems from the fact that the Hebrew letters of Gimel and Tet are the only letters of the Hebrew alphabet that alone cannot form a word, thus symbolizing the divorce. In the absence of a get, the wife is prohibited from remarriage.… <Read More>