Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mitzvah #136 - Yibum, the levirate marriage

It's a Mitzva to marry one's deceased brother's wife, if he died without leaving behind offspring. This is called "Yibum".

(Since nowadays one cannot be sure that the intention of the marriage is only for the purpose of fulfilling the Mitzva, Chalitza is always performed instead.)

Applies to everybody, always, everywhere

Verse: "When 2 brothers live at the same time and one of them dies... the brother of the deceased shall marry her" (Devarim 25:5)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 45

- Danny
Tuesday, 13 Iyar 5770 - 28th day of the Omer

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