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S. Y. Agnon's first influential story is "Agunot" - in fact, his chosen name "Agnon" comes from the same word.

The word "Agunot" is the plural form of the word "Agunah", which is the term for a woman whose husband has vanished or left without either dying or giving her a get (official divorce document), leaving her, essentially, stranded - she is still technically bound to her husband, unable to re-marry, but she either can't know if he's alive or has no way of obtaining a get.

What, then, does this have to do with the story "Agunot"? There is no case of an Agunah in the story itself.

What is the importance of the title "Agunot"?

  • I have not read the story, but is this helpful to you? || "בעגונות מובאים מצבי עגינות שונים, שכולם מכוונים למצב העגינות הבסיסי המוצג במבוא המדרשי לסיפור: העגינות שבין עם ישראל הגולה לבין השכינה. זוגות מנותקים נוספים, המדגימים מימושים שונים של הבסיס, הם: דינה ובן-אורי, בן-אורי והארון, ר' יחזקאל ופריידל." – Shokhet May 30 at 16:41
  • @Shokhet - sounds like a reasonable interpretation; if you could translate that, write it up as an answer, and include support from the text it'd probably make a good answer ;) – Mithrandir May 30 at 16:44
  • I'd be much more confident doing that if I'd actually read the story. I don't know who any of those people are ¯_(ツ)_/¯ – Shokhet May 31 at 0:24

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