Israel's High Court Invokes Medieval Punishment for Husbands Who Refuse Jewish Ritual Divorce

Majority rules that religious courts can levy sanctions created by 12th century religious leader, including shunning and ostracizing, against a man who won't grant his wife a divorce.

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Israel's High Court of Justice on Tuesday approved levying communal and religious punishments, known as Rabbeinu Tam sanctions, against a man who refuses to divorce his wife.