Gotta Get a Get - Agunah Day Guide for the Perplexed

On International Agunah Day, advocates say that Jewish divorce laws still leave many women in legal chains - and recalcitrant husbands with all the power.

Thursday is International Agunah Day. In case that’s not in your vocabulary, an agunah is a woman who is “anchored” – to her husband, despite his having skipped town, moved on or otherwise disappeared without having first provided a get, a Jewish writ of divorce. Membership in the world’s oldest monotheistic religion has its charms, but also its challenges.