The paper was written by Dr. Avishalom Westreich and Prof. Pinchas Shiffman, edited by Prof. Ruth
Gavison, translated by Kfir Levi, and published by Metzilah – Center of Zionist, Jewish, Liberal, and
This paper examines the existing legal and social reality in the field of marriage and divorce
in the State of Israel. It claims that the current legal arrangement, which subjects such a
significant aspect of Israeli civil life to a religious monopoly, is unjustified and ineffective. Our
paper proposes an alternative solution in the form of a civil legal framework for marriage
and divorce in Israel.