Independent Jewish Divorce Ritual

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Document of Separation

On this day, I, ______, daughter/son of ____ and ____, do hereby consent of my own free will and without constraint, to release you, _______, son/daughter of ____ and ____, who were my spouse, from all the bonds of marriage by which we were bound. You are free, just as I am free, to enter into any other relationship with any other person you desire, and to pursue any happiness and fulfillment, and no one may hinder your doing so, from this day forward. This document shall be an agreement of divorce from me, in accordance with the tradition of Moses, Miriam and Israel.

[Signature and date]____________


I wrote out two copies of the separation document, one for each of us. I took the text of a document I found online and modified it. I used handmade paper and a dip pen and ink. No witnesses or rabbi were present for this ritual. We each read ours out loud, then we signed and dated and gave it to the other person. Then we broke a glass together.


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