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Lot #    16923
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:21:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kuntres Agunot
Title (Hebrew)    קונטרס עגונות
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Aaron Mendel Cohen
City    Cairo
Publisher    Reuven Moscowits
Publication Date    1924
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], 24, [1] ff., 250:165mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy not bound.
   The Chief Rabbi of Cairo responds to an inquiry from Brazil regarding a fellow who abandoned his wife in Safed 10 years prior. The fellow is currently living in Brazil and involved in gambling and is usually inebriated. The writer, a former student of the Chief Rabbi, firmly believes that he will never return to divorce his wife. Likewise the wife will never travel to Brazil to see this man again. The inquiry is to allow a divorce decree to be written in Safed on the basis of the husband's written letter requesting that a divorce be granted to his wife. Apparently, writes the inquirer, this is allowable by the rulings of the Rambam and is the practice in Cairo.

The condition of the agunah is a particularly sensitive issue in halakhah. An agunah is defined as a married woman who, for whatsoever reason, is separated from her husband and cannot remarry, either because she cannot obtain a divorce from him or because it is unknown whether he is still alive. The term is also applied to a yevamah (a levirate widow; if she cannot obtain halizah from the levir or if it is unknown whether he is still alive (Git. 26b, 33a; Yev. 94a; and Posekim). The problem of the agunah is one of the most complex in halakhic discussions and is treated in great detail in halakhic literature. These responsa are a contribution to this complex field and the attempts to deal with and resolve the associated problems as described here are both important and noteworthy.

Paragraph 2    בו יבואו הסכמת רבני הדור להתיר גט ע"י כתבו של הבעל במקום עיגון. ע"י המאסף הר"ר אהרן מענדיל בהר"ן הכהן שליט"א רב דאשכנזים בעיר קיירה...
   CD-EPI 0140267
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Egypt
Halacha:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
Other:    Women
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica