Volume 18 of The Jewish Law Annual contains six comprehensive articles on various aspects of Jewish law. Three articles address family law. One addresses the painful issue of the plight of the wife whose husband withholds conjugal relations. In a marriage where relations are withheld, the wife may seek a divorce, while her husband may withhold divorce. Prolonged withholding of divorce renders the wife an agunah, that is, a wife chained to a dead marriage and unable to start anew and rebuild her life. The author explores the halakhic feasibility of allowing a wife in such a predicament to bring a claim for damages against her husband for infliction of mental distress. If such claims are allowed, recalcitrant husbands may rethink their intransigence and consent to grant the divorce.
Formatted Contents Note
1. The Prohibition against Consulting Two Authorities and the Nature of Halakhic Truth, Shimshon Ettinger 2. The Changing Profile of the Parent-Child Relationship in Jewish law, Yehiel Kaplan 3. Jewish Law in London: between Two Societies, Amihai Radzyner 4. Corporal Punishment of Children in Jewish Law: a Comparative Study, Benjamin Shmueli 5. Recovery for Infliction of Emotional Distress: toward Relief for the Agunah, Ronnie Warburg 6. The Agent who Breaches his Principal's Trust, Michael Wygoda.