Mar 102016

Can a witness sign on the side of a document?  Can you sign using a family name that people no longer use?  Jewish courts can force a husband to give a get as long as in the end he agrees to it but a get forced by a non Jewish court is not valid, unless there are also Jews involved and they tell him to do what the Jews are telling you to do.   Whether or not this get (by non Jews) is invalid by the rabbis or by Torah law is a debate in the gemara.  Do the courts outside of Israel (where there is no semicha) have jurisdiction to force husbands to give a get?  In what ways are they limited in their power and in what ways are they not limited?  And why?  Under the surface of today’s daf there are a number of issues relating to authority of leaders and the responsibility placed in their hands.

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