Divorce - Jewish Style


About this episode

In Jewish law, it is the husband's right to decide whether he will give his wife a divorce, called a Get. If he refuses her, the wife may be sentenced to years of living in a dead marriage. She cannot remarry in the Orthodox Jewish way, and any child she has from a new relationship is considered illegitimate. In Hebrew, she is called an Agunah: a chained woman. With rare access to the Orthodox Jewish community in the UK and Israel, this film explores the controversial world of Jewish divorce to find out why these apparently outmoded laws still hold sway.