The Important Difference Between 'Chained' Wives in Israel and Abroad

On the Fast of Esther, we recognize the plight of agunot by marking International Agunah Day and urging state actors to take a stand.

The number of instances of agunot (chained wives) has risen in the United States in recent years. A study conducted by The Mellman Group and published in October 2011 reported that the number of agunah cases there had risen yearly for five years, bringing the total number to 462 in the year 2011,...