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"It is time to act for God by going beyond Torah." Freely rendered, this halachic principle permits changes and even reversals to our understanding of Torah in response to changing conditions. One such assumption is that only a husband may initiate a divorce, a principle which is in conflict with the deep changes that are occurring in our understandings of marriage, gender, and societal roles. This was made especially clear to me when I was approached by a woman both deeply committed to her Judaism and a successful professional and asked to make it possible for her to initiate a Jewish divorce, a get. This t'shuvah is my response to her and a respectful call to halachists to consider the need for a takkanah, a fundamental change in the assumptions that underly divorce in Jewish practice.