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Rabbi Ste­wart Weiss quite cor­rectly ar­gues that some creative, out-of-the-box think­ing is needed to re­solve the in­creas­ingly com­plex is­sue of

agunot (“Amer­ica’s pain and the aguna’s chain,” Au­gust 30).

I call his at­ten­tion to an early episode dur­ing the first sea­son of the land­mark Mafia-re­lated tele­vi­sion se­ries The So­pra­nos. In that episode, the head wise guy, Tony, en­ters into a con­tract to ob­tain for a lo­cal Has­sid’s daugh­ter a “get” from her re­cal­ci­trant hus­band. Tony, need­less to say, is some­what con­fused over what this is all about, but what the hell, a job is a job, right?

So off he sends two of his goons, but to ev­ery­one’s sur­prise, the black-coated, “pe’ot

ed” hubby re­sists both the threat­ened and ac­tual vi­o­lence. She’ll get noth­ing, he screams, un­til he gets some com­pen­sa­tion for the ef­fort he put into build­ing up his fa­ther-in-law’s busi­ness (the guy might have a point, you know).

Well, this put Tony into a quandary. He re­ally wanted to avoid the need to whack the guy (a term, by the way, which must be unique to New Jer­sey, since I never heard it used in

The God­fa­ther tril­ogy), so he turned to a Jew­ish friend of his, Hesh, for some ad­vice.

Hesh thinks for a minute and then of­fers Tony a south­bound sug­ges­tion. The view­ers don’t hear all the de­tails of Hesh’s idea, only the end: “Fin­ish up the guy’s bris, Tony.”

Smil­ing, Tony pays an­other visit to the stub­born hold­out, bear­ing, this time, a hefty pair of gar­den shears. Not sur­pris­ingly, within min­utes the get was signed, sealed and de­liv­ered.


BARRY NEW­MAN Ginot Shom­ron

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