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  • But despite widespread public outcry, her "agunah" (literally "chained") status remained in force until earlier this week when Mr Elias, 86, died.

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  • t know what an "agunah" was, nor would a female friend be likely to offer Larry solemn consolation as follows: "It's not always easy, deciphering what God is trying to tell you."


  • Circulating this agunah pin, and publishing this ad in The Jewish Week, were efforts that attempted to create public awareness.

    Rivka Haut: Statement

  • From the 1980s to the present day, many agunah activists have tried to remedy this situation.

    Rivka Haut: Statement

  • While these attempts did much to increase knowledge about agunah agony, this unjust situation is still widespread.

    Rivka Haut: Statement

  • (It should be noted that women still do not have the right to initiate divorce within Judaism, the source of the problem of the agunah, the chained wife who cannot remarry.)

    Paula Hyman: Statement

  • It tells of a trader who “married Rahel and went to eastern Spain, where he lived for ten years and took a second wife, leaving his first wife an agunah” (Leiter, 83 – 84).

    Halakhic Decisions on Family Matters in Medieval Jewish Society.

  • Because religious sanctions are no longer sufficiently powerful in all cases to pressure a recalcitrant husband to give a get, the agunah [chained wife] has sought state intervention to pressure husbands to give divorces.

    Law in the United States.

  • In another directive ruling, Justice Procaccia limited the authority of the rabbinical court, which sought to prevent the departure from Israel of a citizen of another country who had come on a visit, because he refused to grant his wife a GET and left her an agunah.

    Ayala Procaccia.

  • Until this ritual takes place, the widow cannot remarry and she remains an agunah (“anchored” woman).

    Caribbean Islands and the Guianas.


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