Monday, May 3, 2010

Mitzvah #140 - Chalitza, an alternative to Yibum

If a childless widow and her late husband's brother do now want to get married, she must perform Chalitza.

Chalitza must be done in the presence of knowledgeable Rabbis. It consists of the widow and the brother saying certain verses after which she removes his right shoe and spits on the floor in front of him.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Verse: "If she does not want to marry him... she shall remove his shoe..." (Devarim 25:7)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 46

- Danny
Monday, 19 Iyar 5770 - 34th day of the Omer

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