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Although changes have been made to Jewish divorce laws women are continually being mistreated when dealing with the issues of divorce In biblical times there were no assurances that women would be protected when faced with a man who wanted a divorce Furthermore women were not allowed to initiate the process by asking for one As time went on it was recognized that women needed to be somewhat shielded from actions that her husband could take which she had no control over Rabbinic law made four major changes to help the plight of women regarding divorce Biale p5 First the Halackah requires a Get bill of divorcement which limits the possibility of a rash thoughtless divorce Biale p6 Second the Talmud introduces a number of grounds where a woman can seek a divorce She must appeal to a Beit Din to compel him to divorce her B p6 Furthermore post-biblical Halackah introduces the Ketubah which gives financial assurances to women in case of a divorce B p6 Finally in the Middle ages the ban of Rabbenu Gershom forbids divorcing a woman against her consent B p6 Although these assurances are made it does not hinder the mans ability to abuse his power when initiating a divorce The Mishnah cites three opinions regarding legitimate grounds for divorce B p74 In Deuteronomy 241 the passage reveals a lot about the practice of divorce One clause states and it comes to pass that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some matter of indecency in her There have been many debates about this clause because the appropriate grounds for divorce are unclear Some believe that a man can divorce a woman merely because he likes another one better B p74 There is no safeguard against this because it is up to the mans judgment The requirements of the Ketubah and the Get may not convince the man to stay married The
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