For the Torah, Women Aren't Commodities, and Marriage Isn't a Pro-Forma Prelude to Sex

The point of the Torah’s rules on foreign brides and divorce.

Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride, 1667. Wikimedia.

Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride, 1667. Wikimedia.

Atar Hadari
Observation
Sept. 15 2016
About the author

Atar Hadari’s Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators’ Association Award. His Lives of the Dead: Poems of Hanoch Levin earned a PEN Translates award and was released in 2019 by Arc Publications. He was ordained by Rabbi Daniel Landes and is completing a PhD on William Tyndale’s translation of Deuteronomy.


If you go out to war with your foe And the Lord Your God puts him in your hand And you take some of them captive, And you see among the captives A woman who’s good looking And you fancy her, Then you’ll take her for yourself as a wife.

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