Hasidic divorce rules shortchange children

When Hasidic parents divorce, their children often are forced to remain in yeshivas (“Divorce Can Lock Some Children Into Inadequate Hasidic Schools,” The New York Times, Dec. 12).  That happens even though one parent wants to enroll the child in a secular school.

It’s the result of an agreement signed in a rabbinical court known as a beth din. The agreements have been upheld by state judges who are torn between maintaining stability for the child and not violating state law requiring yeshivas to offer a basic secular education.

This is another example of how too many yeshivas leave students unprepared for life after graduation.  Yet they are allowed to continue to operate because of the fear of political retaliation by Hasidic voters.

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