Monday, October 28, 2013

Polygamy Shabbos on Good Shabbos Nebraska!

This Shabbos is going to be an unforgettable episode of Good Shabbos Nebraska - America's favorite Shabbos morning talk show!

Our guest is going to be Rabbi Dr. Moshe Goldfeder who will be talking about the subject of his doctoral dissertation - polygamy!

He will be going through the myths and facts of polygamy in the Jewish tradition.

  • Was there a time that polygamy was legal according to Jewish law?  
  • Who practiced it?  
  • Why did Rabbeinu Gershon pass the enactment that forbid polygamy?  
  • Has the enactment of Rabbeinu Gershon expired?

Rabbi Goldfeder will also be talking about the growing movement to legalize polygamy in America today.

  • Are these movements gaining traction?
  • What are the legal and societal ramifications?
We are right in the middle of the Torah portions that discuss the households of the founding patriarchs of the Jewish people, and 2 of the 3 forefathers had multiple wives.  We are going to see some of those passages inside and what the Torah has to say.

Good Shabbos Nebraska begins at 10 am this and every Shabbos at Beth Israel Synagogue - where every Shabbos is a shabbaton!


  1. It is deeply disturbing that certain groups in America are pushing for polygamy to be legalized at a time when more and more nations are outlawing the practice because it contravenes women's right to equality with the male. Polygamy comes from the dark ages when women had no rights whatsoever and were considered to be property. In those outlandish religious groups in America that still cling to this misogynistic practice, the women are nothing more than concubines in a harem. Only the first, legal wife an d her children are entitled to share in the man's health benefits, life insurance, pensions, etc. The remaining women and their children are on their own and face poverty. There can be no equality where one man is in charge of several women, all of whom are in competition for his care and attention to them and their children. It's way past time this patriarchal practice was kicked into the garbage can of history. The year is 2013 AD, not 2013 BC..