A Rabbi, an Uncooperative Husband, and a Cattle Prod walk into a bar . . .

Rabbi Mendel Epstein’s heart may have been in the right place when he tried to help Jewish women get a divorce from their unwilling husbands.  However, the methods he allegedly used to “convince” the husbands to consent to the divorce have placed him on the wrong side of the law.  

In Orthodox Jewish communities, a divorce will not be recognized unless the husband provides the wife with a “get.”  If the husband refuses to provide the get, the Jewish couple can be divorced through the state court system, but they will remain married in the eyes of Jewish law.