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In Groundbreaking Decision, Rabbinic Court Equates Lesbian and Heterosexual Relations

After 10 years of marriage, with 2 children, the wife began an affair with her female boss.
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After four years of deliberations, a rabbinic court in Rishon LeTzion, Israel, awarded a husband a get (halachic divorce), and also determined that his wife’s affair with her female supervisor was tantamount to infidelity, and therefore rejected her plea for alimony, Mynet reports.

The couple had been married for more than 10 years and had 2 children. According to the suit that was filed with the rabbinic court, the wife at some point began an affair with her boss at work. Despite the fact that the wife denied the charge of an affair, claiming it was merely a friendship, the husband insisted on ending the marriage. Both the court and the wife asked that they start a “Shalom Bayit” (domestic harmony) procedure, to keep the marriage alive for the couple’s well being and for the sake of the children.

The husband, represented by Attorney Shaul Dabach, agreed to a trial compromise and the couple started attending marriage counseling sessions. But, according to the husband, despite those efforts to bridge the gap between them, the wife maintained her lesbian relationship. The husband gave up and started seeing another woman, effectively sealing the fate of the marriage.

After more than four years, in sessions that subpoenaed a long list of witnesses and very long discussions, the rabbinic court last week decided there was no point in continuing the effort to restore the marriage and finalized the couple’s divorce. The court also rejected the wife’s request to receive alimony, because of her affair with her girlfriend. With that, the court, in fact, determined that a lesbian affair constitutes halachic infidelity which is grounds for not receiving alimony.

Attorney Dabach told Mynet: “I am glad that after a lengthy and uncompromising battle, I was successful, through my professional efforts, to prove to the regional rabbinic court that my client’s claims are truthful and that there is no foundation to the wife’s counter claims, which have all been rejected.”

It is not clear what the full ramifications of the court’s decision might be – was it merely the court’s way of punishing the wife for reneging on her commitment to work on Shalom Bayit, or were the judges, in fact, considering a homosexual affair between women to have the same halachic weight as a heterosexual affair.

A rabbinic expert the Jewish Press consulted suggested the wife is likely to sue the husband in secular court for child support, if, indeed, the rabbinic court absolved the husband of financial responsibility for the children.

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33 Responses to “In Groundbreaking Decision, Rabbinic Court Equates Lesbian and Heterosexual Relations”

  1. NOT sure what to make of this (disturbing) decision… it is way past this blogger's purview!

  2. Rc Fowler says:

    What a disgrace it took four years to decide what should have taken four seconds!

  3. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    About time! Being Gay or Lesbian is NOT a life choice but how you are born. BOTTOM LINE: If you really do believe in G-d, then you either accept his determination as to your sexual preferences or believe he "makes mistakes".

  4. Garden State says:

    What an absurd decision! Are they just trying to make rabbinic court irrelevant?

  5. Roc Diaz says:

    Being gay is totally a choice, that you wish to take the gay way out is your decision to be corrupt and sick in the brain. He doesnt make mistakes, you make them.

  6. Roc Diaz says:

    why is it disturbing, because his slut wife didnt get money out of him? shes the one who should be paying him for her infidelity, pain and suffering

  7. Roc Diaz says:

    why is it disturbing, because his slut wife didnt get money out of him? shes the one who should be paying him for her infidelity, pain and suffering

  8. Roc Diaz says:

    why is it disturbing, because his slut wife didnt get money out of him? shes the one who should be paying him for her infidelity, pain and suffering

  9. Roc Diaz says:

    why is it absurd? for once justice was done and he shouldnt have to pay her a single penny, ever !

  10. Roc, it is disturbing because a Pandora's box has been opened via the Rabbinate, and some will take it to mean that homosexual relationships are on par with heterosexual, even though this was likely not their intent! So, this should have gone straight to a secular court as per the alimony issue, and they should have stuck to the 'Get' part, which is their domain! Understood?

  11. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    And why shouldn't they be? You are BORN gay or straight. If you believe in G-d, then (s)he is the one that determined that. It is NOT a life's choice. As for the 'get' part, another can of worms that needs a sincere change. I could never understand why people have such a need to be concerned about someone's G-d given sexual preferences rather then so many other family issues

  12. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    REALLY? You are fantasizing. Being gay is by birth. THAT is a fact that has been repeatedly proven. I am not Gay, I'm straight. I believe in G-d. And I believe it was his choice that I was BORN straight and others are born gay!. I think you are protesting too much, a typical sign of a Gay/Lesbian who is trying to hide deep in the closet. "sick in the brain" is a proclivity ot racists, haters, Anti-Jews, and those that are ignorant of reality. GROW UP!

  13. Teresa Praatt says:

    Arie, tell them the truth, admit your gayness. Tell them about your affair with my brother. Don't be a sheep, break away from the herd! Set yourself free! Love Teresa!!!!!

  14. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    OOOH the nazi troll that falls at the feet of neo-nazi blogs continues her stalking. You are embarrassing yourself Teresa. Just because I proved you to be a Jew hater, you are now stalking. How sad for you!!

  15. Teresa Praatt says:

    Arie, it seems as though you may be a gay hater. There's nothing wrong with admitting your gayness. We still love you. Muah! Think about it sugar.

  16. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Teresa Praatt http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberstalking

    Seek help…or just take your meds Teresa. You're imploding.

  17. Teresa Praatt says:

    But Arie I saw you were a member of this facebook page…. why were you there if you are not gay? https://www.facebook.com/GayMenLove

  18. Teresa Praatt says:

    so you think it's okay to vilify me on CNN and you don't consider that stalking? Show your friends what an idiot you are! https://www.facebook.com/cnn/posts/573757822648326?comment_id=114429975&notif_t=share_comment

  19. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    http://www.drugs.com/mtm/thorazine.html

    That said, I will attack ANYONE that uses a nazi site and then defends the site. And it wasn't vilification – it was an observation of those that are so adamant about defending "Sheep no more" considering his rather overt, public, and sustained Antisemitic histrionics and canards. And if you don't like my honesty about that FB page, the block me and keep posting with those that support it.

  20. Teresa Praatt says:

    I told you REPEATEDLY THAT I AM NOT A MEMBER OF THAT PAGE!!!! I shared a picture on of my friends posted!!!! I posted a picture of TAXPAYERS getting screwed by this administration…REMEMBER???????????? YOU are SO FULL OF HATRED and SO ANGRY that you are unable to make sense on ANYTHING! YOU give JEWISH PEOPLE a HORRIBLE name! They should be ASHAMED OF YOU! You are a disgusting person and a disgusting representative of the Jewish religion!!!!!!!!

  21. Teresa Praatt says:

    And furthermore, since I have NEVER been on that site, I see NOTHING that shows it as a NAZI site. What the **** do you think I am a ****ing mind reader?

  22. Teresa Praatt says:

    Also Arie, I have not taken any drugs in over 20 years, legal or il;egal, if you're such a proponent of drugs YOU TAKE THEM!!!! *******!

  23. Patrick Casey says:

    Arie – homosexuality is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and can be cured with medication. Lucifer told me so….

  24. Teresa Praatt says:

    hahahahahaha!

  25. What an odd set of events. On one hand it's a rabbinic imprimatur of lesbian relationships/retrogression of judgmental attitudes; and on the other — a penalty/or better perhaps — a call to accept responsibility for any and all behavior. Am I the only one to sense something positive going on here? What could it be? Is a middle line trying to emerge?

  26. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    @Patty: Given your posts, I would believe you and "lucifer" converse!"

  27. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Teresa Praatt Teresa, you really need to seek assistance. You are obsessed. I take you for a lot of things but I didn't expect you to be a stalker.One never knows. You like quoting from a nazi FB page like "a sheep no more," and now you exhibit a rather obsessive hatred for members of the LGBT community. Why is that? As Shakespeare wrote, "Methinks thou doth protest too much." How into the closet are you that you feel a need to deny and fight so heavily?

  28. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Interesting observation Felicia, THANKS. You are correct. In a way – convoluted perhaps but still a start – the Rabbinic Court has affirmed same sex relationships. I do, however, question as to why they are prepared to punish the children by not forcing the father to pay child support. Regardless of the mother & father's personal living situations, the children must still be cared for. They are BOTH responsible.

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