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What are the sources, even those that are rejected in the final halachic analysis, that encourage or allow a husband to physically abuse his wife?

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−1: you supply no reason for your assumption that such sources exist. –  msh210 Dec 11 '12 at 2:26
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In some cases (and this is accepted AFAIK in the final halachic analysis) a husband is not only allowed to beat his wife, but he must do so even to the point where she might die. An example of such a case is where the wife is attempting to kill someone else and this is the only way for the husband to stop her (see Rambam Positive Commandment #247). In fact there is even a special prohibition that he should not have compassion upon her in these types of cases (Rambam Negative Commandment #293).

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What if the wife is chayav malkos and the husband is the court whipper? What if the wife needs a chiropractor and the husband is a good one? –  Shmuel Brin May 20 '13 at 0:07
    
@ShmuelBrin What about those cases? –  Double AA May 20 '13 at 0:11
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