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What is the Jewish view of divorce and remarriage?

The following passage from the Torah (The Five Books of Moses), is the source for Jewish Divorce Law:

“If a man marries a women…if she does not find favor in his eyes…he will write her a bill of divorce…[If] she…marries another man and the latter man hates her, and writes her a bill of divorce or the second husband dies, her first husband…is not allowed to remarry her…” (Deut 24:1).

As you can see from this passage, Judaism does allow and sometimes even recommends divorce. However, the Talmud, in a number of places speaks about the tragic nature of divorce. One metaphor the Talmud uses is that when a man divorces his first wife, the alter in the Temple sheds tears for them.

Ari Lobel

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