Marrying For Looks and Money

Almost a decade ago, we noted that at least a couple of the רודפי הפשט take for granted that Jacob fell in love with Rachel due to her beauty. I recently discovered that this assumption appears in the halachic literature as well: Rav Yaakov Reischer invokes it to infer that marrying for looks or money […]

Skin Deep Love

The Macedonian Intl News Agency reports (via InterAksyon, via Planet Ivy, via msnNOW, via Bad for Shidduchim): Chinese Man Sues Wife for being Ugly, and Wins Tuesday, 28 February 2012 Northern Chinese resident Jian Feng divorced and sued his wife for $120,000 and won! The story goes that Mr. Feng was deeply in love with […]

One Who Loves Does Not Hate

Grounds For Divorce We began this Zeman by learning the Talmudic / Halachic discussion of the legitimate causes for divorce; there are apparently three1 Tannaitic opinions: מתני’ בית שמאי אומרים לא יגרש אדם את אשתו אלא אם כן מצא בה דבר ערוה שנאמר כי מצא בה ערות דבר ובית הלל אומרים אפילו הקדיחה תבשילו שנאמר […]