The Battered Woman in the Jewish Tradition: See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil

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The myth of the kind gentle, Jewish husband has been broken down. The evidence that Jewish wife beating exists is strong. Statistics and headlines assail us with facts. 'One out of six' or 'one out of seven' Israeli women are regularly beaten at home. The estimated minimum figure is 100,000 battered women in Israel (of whom 40,000 end up hospitalized); the maximum number is 200,000 (which includes the Arab population). This chapter discusses how wife-beating is handled halakhically in Israel; the history of the problem; attitudes in Jewish tradition toward wife-beating; and suggestions for solutions. (This chapter has been co-published simultaneously in Journal of Religion & Abuse [The Haworth Pastoral Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.] Vol. 6, No. 3/4, 2004, pp. 31-48.) (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDomestic Abuse and the Jewish Community
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from the First International Conference
EditorsCindy Enger, Diane Gardsbane
Place of PublicationBinghamton, NY
PublisherThe Haworth Pastoral Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)0789029693, 0789029707
StatePublished - 2004

Publication series

NameJournal of Religion and Abuse
PublisherThe Haworth Pastoral Press
ISSN (Print)1521-1037


  • Domestic violence
  • Jewish law
  • Jewish tradition


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