Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend


24. Levirate Marriage and Chalitzah - Yibbum ve-Chalitzah

If a man dies childless his oldest brother (on the father's side) is commanded to marry his wife (even though ordinarily marrying a brother's wife is incest), as it says "If brothers live together and one of them dies and has no child the dead man's wife shall not marry an outsider; her brother-in-law shall take her for his wife".1 In principle the brother need not betroth her since she is automatically his, but the sages instituted betrothal in such cases. Once he has married her she is like his wife in all respects.a

If they do not want to marry they must perform the ceremony of chalitzah, as it says "And if the man does not want to take his sister-in-law she shall go up to the elders... and pull his shoe off his foot (chalitzah)... and say `Thus shall be done to the man who will not build his brother's house'".2 Afterwards she is like his divorced wife.b Until they marry or perform chalitzah she is forbidden to marry anyone else, as it says "The dead man's wife shall not marry an outsider".l,c

Sources:

1. Deut. 25:5; see Lev. 18:16 a. 1:1,15; 2:1,6
2. Deut. 25:7-9 b. 1:2,13; 2:10
c. 2:18



 






ARTICLES ON KI SEITZEI AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Divine Handouts
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

Wayward Son
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Of Men And Women
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

ArtScroll

Leave it Up to the King
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

Father Knows Best
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Happy To Please
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

> My Enemy, My Brother
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Parshat Ki Tavo
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Uniforms vs. Uniformity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Gift of Time
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Past, Present, and Future
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5763

The Chain Effect of Our Actions
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Judgment
Shlomo Katz - 5759

No One Will Do it For You
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

A Party to the Problem
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Knock, Knock!
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information