Today is Ta'anit Esther, and also International Agunah Day, a day recognizing the struggles of agunot, "anchored/bound ones," Orthodox Jewish women whose husbands refuse to grant their wives a get (religious divorce), even though the two no longer live as a couple -- preventing the woman, according to traditional Jewish law, from remarrying.
A few resources: Dr. Rachel Levmore, a rabbinical court advocate and anti-get-refusal activist, has articles on International Agunah Day in both the Jewish Press and the Jerusalem Post. The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) also has a page of resources and links on the agunah issue. (In 2007 they placed this six-page advertisement in the NY Jewish Week on Ta'anit Esther / International Agunah Day.)
BJPA holdings include many publications touching on this issue. Among them are:
- Agunot and the Powers That Be, a 2005 panel discussion
- A Primer on Jewish Divorce: A Guide for the Jewish Communal Professional (1994)
- Divorce and the Jewish Woman: A Family Agency Approach (1978)
- End Thoughts: A Prayer for Agunot (1993)