agunah n. Hebrew (ah-goo-NAH) Literally, “anchored.” A woman whose husband has deserted her or simply disappeared. Without either a get, the Jewish divorce decree that a Jewish man must grant to his wife, or proof of his death, she cannot remarry, according to Jewish law. While Orthodox and Conservative rabbis generally require a get, Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis do not.
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