Monday, July 26, 2010

Mitzvah #197 - Marrying a childless widow

If a person dies without children, his widow is not allowed to marry anybody except for one of her late husband's brothers.

If somebody other than a brother marries her, they have both transgressed.

The prohibition applies until she does Chalitza with one of the brothers, as per positive Mitzvah #140 - Chalitza, an alternative to Yibum.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "...the widow shall not be allowed to marry a non-brother..." (Devarim 25:5)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 135

- Danny
Monday, 15 Av 5770

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