I was reading http://m.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/560111/jewish/The-Wifes-Grounds-for-Divorce.htm

And I saw

A woman may demand a divorce from her husband, if he has been found to be philandering with other women. There need not be proof of his having committed adultery, just of his having cavorted with other women. Even his causing her a bad name through his lecherous actions is likewise considered legitimate justification for the wife launching a divorce action. 

Is this the halacha?
What is the source of this?
Does she get the kesuba?

  • As in other question I commented, you must rephrase it, you probably mean "can she be guaranteed a divorce", because she can demand or claim anything in a court. Also cheating is a very broad term, however nonexisting in Jewish terminology.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 22:54

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See Ramma in Even HaEzer 154 Siff 1 .

He discusses a man who is Ro'eh Zonos, which may mean he visits prostitutes or just has random affairs, and his wife complains about it. He says witnesses of him cavorting like this (not just young nonjews stating this) is grounds for forcing (either literally or through religious convincing, see Siff 21) him to give a divorce according to some, (Yesh Omrim). [In this context where there is no opposing opinion, Yesh Omrim is a way of introducing an accepted novelle]

Aruch Hashulchan on the subject in Siff 16 explains that someone who acts like this will necessarily detract from his conjugal obligations to his wife which is grounds for divorce. He also adds that this behavior is also grounds for her to say Maus Alay, he is disgusting to me which in this case is again is grounds for divorce, and especially since he may be exposing her to health risks.

  • +1 Thank you, maybe you can help (me) with judaism.stackexchange.com/q/71371/5120
    – hazoriz
    Commented May 17, 2016 at 8:58
  • I just looked at the sources and it seams roe zoinos (shepherding prostitutes) means to act as a pimp.
    – hazoriz
    Commented May 17, 2016 at 11:03
  • And it seems that the problem is that it is a very disgusting profession, and this does not answer my question
    – hazoriz
    Commented May 17, 2016 at 11:07
  • @hazoriz that is not correct. The term is borrowed from משלי כט ג. It's brought in shas a number of times, ערובין סד, סוטה לו.
    – user6591
    Commented May 17, 2016 at 11:10
  • @hazoriz see for instance there in Sota. Sleeping with the wife of Potifar would have resulted in Yosef being called a רועה זונות amongst other spiritual losses.
    – user6591
    Commented May 17, 2016 at 11:17

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