Purchase Short-Term Access to HeinOnline, Prices starting as low as $29.95!!

18 Harv. Women's L.J. 171 (1995)
Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community

handle is hein.journals/hwlj18 and id is 177 raw text is: LIFTING THE VEIL OF SECRECY:
Recently I interviewed rabbis in the south Florida area and asked them
if any of the women in their congregations were battered. Some of their
responses indicated a belief that domestic violence is virtually nonex-
istent in the Jewish community.
A Reform rabbi:
I hold discussions in the temple on domestic violence. It is a Jewish
problem as well as a non-Jewish problem. Jewish law forbids
domestic violence. It is contrary to the Jewish tradition. Some
women have confided in me that they are abused, but I really don't
know how many women in my congregation are in this situation. I
don't think battered women are comfortable talking to rabbis.
A Conservative rabbi:
Rabbis have become more aware of domestic violence among Jews.
We discuss it in our sermons. I am not aware of any particular
woman who is battered in my congregation. There is a real
problem, however, in the Jewish religious courts.
A modem Orthodox rabbi:
I know two women in my congregation who are abused. I counseled
them to leave their husbands. In one case I gave money to the
woman so that she could afford to leave. Unfortunately she re-
turned to her husband. What can you do? An Orthodox synagogue
Associate Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law; J.D., University
of Miami School of Law, 1987; B.A., Smith College, 1964. I thank my colleague Peter
Margulies for all his good advice. I also thank Janice Weintraub and Joan Childs,
psychiatric social workers who helped me contact Jewish battered women in my
community. I appreciate the dedication of my research assistants, Jacki Cannavan and
Julie Shapiro, as well.

Already a Subscriber?

What Is HeinOnline?

Learn More About the Law Journal Library (pdf)

We also offer annual subscriptions to universities, colleges, law firms, organizations, and other institutions. To request a quote please visit http://home.heinonline.org/subscriptions/request-a-quote/

Please note: the content in the Law Journal Library is constantly changing and some content has restrictions as required per the license. Therefore, please review the available content via the following link to ensure the material you wish to access is included in the database. For a complete list of content included in the Law Journal Library, please view http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/CSV.csv?index=journals&collection=journals