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Divorce Rate Increasing, Says Top Rabbi

Israel’s chief Ashkenazic rabbi has disclosed that the rate of divorce among Jewish couples in Israel is on the rise.

On Sunday, Rabbi Yisrael Lau told a conference in Jerusalem organized by the Ministry for Religious Affairs and the Chief Rabbinate that “people appear to regard marriage as a revolving door through which they enter and leave with ease, making a mockery of Jewish marriage.

“In 1993, the rate of couples divorcing was a quarter of the number of marriages,” he said.

Lau said that 5,258 divorces had been registered with the chief rabbinate in 1990, and that this number rose to 5,692 in 1992 and to 6,229 in 1993.

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