As mentioned elsewhere on the site, writing Gittin (divorce documents) is the saddest part of the sofer’s work, but as they often say when referring to unpleasant occupations - ‘someone’s got to do it’. And indeed my latest venture in the world of sofrut is to become the scribe for the RSGB’s Bet Din (Court) for the writing of the Get (singular) that is required by halacha to end a marriage, as defined in Deuteronomy.
Now, unlike many of my other articles it is very difficult to find anything funny to say about Gittin, so this one is quite serious as a Get is a very serious matter indeed and must be word perfect, hand- written with the specific intention of it being written for the parties involved. As with all of the other things a scribe writes, there are lots of rules, all given in the Talmud tractate Gittin and thus there has been another period of study required as one is warned not to be involved in Gittin until one knows the laws properly to avoid any errors. Errors would invalidate the Get and thus the parties would not be permitted to remarry.
Friends have asked me how I could get involved in this as it is helping people to seperate. However, the Get follows a civil divorce and is the means by which people can move forward in their lives to happier times and thus it is a very worthwhile thing to be part of.