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The Maccabeats Are Back–With a Halachic Prenup

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Everyone’s favorite Jewish a cappella group is back–and this time, they’re educating teens and adults about what a halachic prenup is–in an effort to end domestic abuse.

The group partnered with Jewish Women International (a Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls) as part of the Get Smart Project, a JWI initiative to end the issue of “chained women” or agunot, who are refused a halachic divorce, or “get” by their husbands.

The song is aptly titled “Sign that Form,” which is set to the melody of Train’s “Play that Song/Heart and Soul.” The song is meant to inspire Orthodox teens to learn about healthy relationships, particularly fighting against gender stereotypes and normalizing equality between men and women, values that are necessary for every community. Maccabeats Music Director Julian Horowitz couldn’t agree more, stating in a press release:

“We’re excited to use our platform to both spread the word and stress the urgency of the halachic prenup, one of the most promising – but woefully under-used solutions to the epidemic of get-refusal.”

JWI CEO Lori Weinstein also echoed this sentiment, stating:

“But at its heart, Get Smart Project is about more. It’s about sending a message that both partners are equal. No one person in a marriage holds power over the other.”

Check out the video below and consider showing it to your teen:

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