Rabbinical Ruling Ends ‘agunah’ Status, Permits June War Widows to Re-wed
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Rabbinical Ruling Ends ‘agunah’ Status, Permits June War Widows to Re-wed

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The Israel Army chaplaincy announced today that all the Israeli soldiers killed in the Six-Day War have been identified, freeing the widows of men previously reported missing but whose bodies had not been identified, of the status of "agunah."

Under Jewish religious law, the wife of a missing person is not permitted to remarry. The religious laws governing marriage and divorce are the laws of Israel and, without the chaplaincy ruling today, these widows would not have been allowed ever to remarry. The chaplaincy ruling today relieves them of the "agunah" status.

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