“And sometimes he needs a little persuasion. Maybe a visit from henchmen with cattle prods. Or the old Taser-to-the-balls trick. After a few hours of this kind of torture, the stubborn husband will sign pretty much anything.” GQ’s Matthew Shaer on a powerful rabbi/thug who used some very unorthodox methods to get orthodox Jewish husbands to agree to divorces (or just about anything else): “It was always his name that came up. He was beating guys up, he was giving them bloody noses, he was using cattle prods. He had a gang of thugs, and he had a van, and he’d scoop you right off the street.” (I’m pretty sure this is the same guy who worked with me on my Bar Mitzvah torah portion…)