Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rabbis Accused in Kidnapping Plot to Force Men to Grant Divorces - NYTimes.com

Rabbis Accused in Kidnapping Plot to Force Men to Grant Divorces - NYTimes.com


In a subsequent meeting at Rabbi Epstein’s home in Ocean County, New Jersey, Rabbi Epstein explained what he planned to do. “Basically what we are going to be doing is kidnapping a guy for a couple of hours and beating him up and torturing him and then getting him to give the get,” according to a recorded conversation that is described in the criminal complaint. Rabbi Epstein, according to the court papers, mentioned that his “tough guys” utilized cattle prods and other torture techniques that were not likely to leave a mark.
Should the husband go to the police, Rabbi Epstein said, it was important that there were no obvious signs of injury. Without such physical evidence, Rabbi Epstein said, the police were unlikely to probe too deeply into the affairs of the Orthodox Jewish community, which can appear impenetrable to outsiders.

So, instead of saying to themselves: perhaps we need to change the rule book, and make the divorce procedure a little easier. Allow a woman to get a divorce if she wants to, without requiring this form from the husband.
Instead of that, they decide to apply a little torture to the man.
And this makes sense to them?
And this doesn't make the woman involved say to herself: "What kind of crazy rules am I following? Why do I continue to take part of this farce? Why don't I just toss off this religious craziness altogether?"


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