1: Source sheet, Jewish divorce in the Torah and Mishnah.
This is a collection of a few key texts from Torah and Mishnah that explain the rules and origins of Jewish divorce rituals.
Suggested Activity: Have your students discuss the following questions: Who has the power in a Jewish divorce according to the texts provided—the husband or the wife? Which words in the text indicate a sense of power or control? What do those words mean? Why do you think a new bill of divorce needs to be written for each woman receiving a Get? Ask students to write new versions of the texts, editing them in a way that they feel would redistribute the power more equitably.
Sources: Deuteronomy 24:1, Mishnei Torah, Positive Mitvot 222, Mishnah Gittin 1:4, Mishna Gittin 3:1. Source sheet compiled by Feygi Zylberman using sefaria.org, 2016.