Originally published 3/11/11, 2:10 pm.
See Vayiqra 1:3
Rashi D"H "Yaqriv Oto"
Torah T'mimah #25,26
• Arachin 21a
• Qiddushin 50a
• Rambam MT Hil. Geirushin 2:20
People wonder where the Rambam got the notion of coercing a Get - when Halachah requires that a Get must be given of one's one free will.
One can follow the bouncing ball from Qorbanot that shows that we can coerce an offering which must also be of one's own free will.
The Rambam provides a caveat. One must be an otherwise Observant Jew who resists doing the proper thing. This would not work with a complete rebel or - as the Rambam himself notes - that Judaism does not require this act.
Interestingly, the Moznayim Touger edition cites neither of the 2 Talmudic passages above