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Chicago Rabbinical Council Gives Lawyers Manual on Jewish Divorce Procedures

A manual on Jewish divorce laws has been prepared by a Chicago rabbi for distribution to the 1,700 members of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers here to instruct them on the procedures involved in drawing up a religious divorce.

The manual, entitled “A Religious Procedure In Obtaining a Jewish Divorce” was written by Rabbi Moses Mescheloff of West Rogers Park congregation and presented to the lawyers by the Chicago Rabbinical Council. The manual states that Jewish law requires a religious divorce whenever a Jewish man and woman have lived together as husband and wife and then wish to sever their marital status, whether the couple is religiously observant or not.

In connection with the distribution of the manual, it was pointed out that the State of Israel has refused to accept as valid any Jewish divorce not written by the rabbinic authorities.