Get JusticeRabbi Mendel Epstein, 69, says he’s been involved in 2,500 divorces. His legal team says he’s a “champion of women’s rights” whose “process is a legitimate divorce. It’s not a criminal conspiracy.” Strictly interpreted, Jewish law says a divorce — in Hebrew, a “get” — can only be granted by a husband to a wife, and without one, a once-married woman cannot remarry. Women who can’t get gets are called “chained.” Epstein’s lawyer claims Jewish law permits the use of torture to get a get — and federal prosecutors in New Jersey say that’s how he got some. He has been charged with kidnap. (AC/ABC) ...Women get chained, men get tortured: that’s one way to strike a balance.
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