Re: Status of abandoned or divorced wife #usa

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Widowed was common, lots of women were widowed, and it was nobody's 'fault'.

Although divorce was not very uncommon in Eastern Europe, it was somebody's 'fault', and because Jewish law says only men could seek one, it was the woman's 'fault'. So men could be as rotten as they wanted, the woman could not divorce him, without his active participation.

So she became a widow. I had a cousin who was a widow in NYC, but the story is that her husband went back to Russia. You could tell a census taker whatever you wanted.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

"Anyone know was the cultural rules or Halacha would have to say concerning  this?"

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