Recently Mayim Bialik, the actress best known from the TV series Blossom, obtained both a civil divorce and religious divorce.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Bialik described how she obtained her divorce:
"There's something called a 'Get,'" she said. "There's a religious process. You sit in the same room and you watch your divorce deed be written. It's actually a very interesting thousands year old document that you watch written and you have to be in the same room as your ex."
Does that sound familiar? If you have read the Bible, you've possibly seen the phrases "certificate of divorce" or "bill of divorcement" in Deuteronomy 24 which outlines the rules for a Jewish divorce.
According to Wikipedia, "A get (/ɡɛt/; Hebrew: גט, plural gittin גיטין) is a divorce document, which according to Jewish Law, must be presented by a husband to his wife to effect their divorce. The essential text of the get is quite short: "You are hereby permitted to all men," i.e., the wife is no longer a married woman, and the laws of adultery no longer apply. The get also returns to the wife the legal rights which a husband holds in regard to his wife in a Jewish marriage."
Deuteronomy 24:1-2 (KJV) states:
When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.
In an interview with the Jewish Homeschool Blog, Bialik reveals that she grew up "in a traditional house that affiliated with the reform movement." Reformed Judaism strives to modernize Jewish religious traditions. In some ways Reformed Judaism can be compared to mainline Christian denominations that do not interpret the Bible strictly.
- Mayim Bialik Explains Why She Blogged About Her Divorce - Access Hollywood
- The Get Procedure - Chabad
- What Does the Bible Say About Divorce and Remarriage? - About.com
- Why Does a Jewish Woman Need a "Get?" - About.com
- An interview with Jewish homeschooling mom, Mayim Bialik - Jewish Homeschool Blog
- Mayim Bialik, husband Michael Stone to divorce after nine years together - New York Daily News
- Get (divorce document) - Wikipedia