Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mitzvah #185 - Brother's wife

One may not marry one's bothers's wife, even if he's only a half-brother.

One who has relationships with his brother's wife gets put to death by Beth Din by strangulation, like any adulterer.

If the brother divorced her or died, one gets punished by Karet.

However, if the brother died childless, there's a Mitzva of Yibum to marry his widow.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "And your brother's wife you may not..." (Vayikra 18:16)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 126

- Danny
Wednesday, 25 Tamuz 5770

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