agunot

Pronounced: ah-goo-NOTE, Origin: Hebrew, literally “chained,” an agunah (plural is agunot) is a woman whose husband will not grant her a Jewish divorce decree.

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Contemporary Issues in Jewish Divorce

Confronting the issue of agunot, or "chained" wives.

Rabbinic and Post-Rabbinic Divorce

Over time the rabbis increased the wife's power in a marriage, yet maintained the absolute right of the husband to grant a divorce.

The Get, or Bill of Divorce

The get is the bill of divorce that the husband gives to the wife to release her from the marriage.