Israeli man sets record with 11th divorce

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2009

A 50-year-old Jerusalem man has been granted his 11th divorce by the Jerusalem Beth Din in a new Jewish Israeli record — and he’s already on the hunt for a new wife.

The unnamed man, who has conducted all his marriages and divorces in Israel and abroad in accordance with halachah, said he had a tradition of divorcing his wives every two years.

The man said he planned to look for a new bride immediately, and had no problems finding wives.

He told the beth din: “I throw out a hook and the fish come on their own."

The man has only had one child from his numerous marriages, but is unable to make child support payments and is in considerable debt.

His most recent ex-wife claimed that her husband did not work and lived off her and her parents. The divorcees have agreed to split the debt they accrued during their two-year marriage.

A statement from the court said they were pleased that the man had followed religious law for each of his divorces.

The statement said: "It turns out that the popular divorce courts his wives in a persuasive and sensitive way. But after a short time on both sides they get annoyed with each other and after the courting, fights begin.

"Despite his 50 years, he has no grey hair and despite his much experience in marriage, he plans to marry again."

The previous record for Jewish divorces in Israel was a mere seven marriages.

Last updated: 1:50pm, December 31 2009