Earlier I complained (elsewhere) about ‘recalcitrant husbands’ and how it hurt women, and they tried to make me out as a Jewish thug (not my position at all), and portray rabbis as medieval. So Rabbenu Tam WAS medieval which fleshes out the real situation. Thanks
<<<This year alone the non-Jewish public has learnt of apparently religious Jews setting other Jews on fire because they disagree religiously;>>> Oh but that isn't the worst of it. There is a gang war between the Sicarii (who terrorize people like the Taliban) and the Gerrer sect – who aren't much better. Some Gerrer Hasids beat the husband nearly to death with golf clubs or tire irons. Then the next month, they broke into his apartment and doused his baby and wife and apartment with gasoline. The mother and baby escaped, but it was still an attempt at murder by fire.
The get dates back to ancient times when women were treated as property by men. It is time for the get to go! Unfortunately, this will not happen because within the haredi culture nothing changes, no matter how harmful or perverse. Requiring a get is the ultimate form of disrespect to women.
Comment by Runner1983 — October 19, 2013 @ 1:25 AM
Comment by Miriam Goodman — October 20, 2013 @ 5:25 AM
Kol haKavod, Jeremy Rosen! I am as embarrassed as you, but also posted on it anyway, fearing repercussions from the frum community and my friends. I posted on my blog Tikkun Olam, http://www.lady-light.blogspot.com on October 12th, I think. Thank you for expressing the revulsion that many of us feel, but are too politically correct to say!
This article smacks of arrogance. "I don't like violence, so anything condoning violence is wrong?" or maybe "since my worldview is X, and the God obviously subscribes to my worldview, anyone who interprets Jewish law otherwise is wrong." I think there are problems with R' Farber's method but at least his approach of working within a system greater than himself. This Rav seems to place himself on top of the pyramid and expect the entire world of Jewish law to assemble beneath him.