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Jewess » Could Jewish Divorcee Barbie Be Next?

Could Jewish Divorcee Barbie Be Next?


by Rebecca Honig Friedman

The first woman known to have written an entire sefer Torah may also be the first woman to write the get for her own divorce. Ground-breaking soferet [female scribe] Jen Taylor Friedman, also the creator of Tefillin Barbie, writes in an email to Jewess:

I wrote my own get today. Because it says in the Mishnah that a woman can write her own get, and oh boy did I want to have an active part in my own freaking divorce. … Hooray for feeling empowered, I say.

I’ll say, too! Some women have trouble getting their husbands to agree to give them a get. Here Friedman has gotten her now-ex-husband to agree to let her write her own.
Friedman explains her decision and the halacha behind it on her blog, Hatam Soferet, here and here.
I was particularly struck by a passage in post #2. Writes Friedman:

I learned that although the wife is allowed to write the get, the husband isn’t allowed, which pleased me very much; the balance of power is not usually tipped that way. In any case, I was glad to be a real part of the process. I like my Judaism to be part of me - or should that be, I like to be part of my Judaism?

Nice to turn the tables around that way, particularly in a venue in which women have lately seemed so powerless.

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