An argument between an Israeli husband and his wife over vaccinating their two small children, which was dragged into an ideological dispute, has now brought their marriage to the brink of a divorce, Ma’ariv reported this week. The husband demand that the children receive all the vaccinations but his wife objects, claiming that vaccines cause diseases, according to the Jewish Press.
The couple is well-to-do and highly educated: the husband is a senior engineer in one of the world’s largest high-tech companies, the wife is a high school teacher.
The husband turned to attorney Sarin Solan to ask the rabbinical court to hear from a medical expert to confirm that the children must receive vaccinations, the Jewish Press says. When the wife discovered that her husband is requesting a court order against her she decided to leave home. The rabbinical court will have to make a decision regarding the husband’s request to force the woman to vaccinate the children, or, alternatively, to approve the division of property following the wife’s divorce suit.