The Get by Elise Katch
A Spiritual Memoir of Divorce

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The Get is the story of a woman's journey through love, divorce, spirituality, empowerment and, finally, self-discovery. It focuses on the real-life experiences of a modern woman who is pressured to participate in an ancient Orthodox ritual that ends her thirty-year marriage. Initially fearful of participating in an ancient ceremony that requires her to stand alone before a panel of emotionally distant Orthodox rabbis, she ultimately comes to believe that the get is truly a profound emotional experience. With the assistance of two very special spiritual leaders, she confronts her insecurities and fears, and emerges victorious.

This beautifully written book details a process that has rarely been told before. Readers of all faiths will be fascinated by this personal and spiritual quest from loss to abundance. Readers will be propelled through an experience of anxiety and intensity until the moment of finality is reached, when a single piece of parchment-representing a life together-is dropped into the author's hands and cut.


About Elise Katch

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Elise Edelson Katch is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Denver, Colorado, specializing in trauma, sexual abuse and divorce. She holds a B.A. in the social sciences and an M.A. in reading education from the University of Colorado, as well as an M.S.W. from the University of Denver. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children has recognized her for outstanding achievement in the field of child abuse and neglect. Elise helped craft the first child-custody guidelines in Colorado, and was the founder and first president of the Colorado Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and apresenter at the Colorado Psychological Association. Often quoted in the print media, Elise has done television interviews both locally and nationally.
Published September 1, 2001 by Simcha Press. 275 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Her in-depth description of the ceremony conducted by "black hats," as she calls the ultra-Orthodox community, mirrors her sense of powerlessness: "I suddenly felt as though I were an American citizen alone in Iraq and government officials were walking me down to a dark basement room..."

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