LifeCycle Events: Marriage and Sexuality: Polygamy:
When was polygamy abolished for Jews?
Polygamy was abolished for European Jews about
1000 years ago by a decree issued by R.Gershom
of Mayence, who was the major European Rabbinical
authority of that generation. It was never
abolished for other Jewish communities, but most
of the Jews from those communities now live in
Israel, where polygamy has been illegal since
the founding of the state in 1948.
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