Lessons for Monday, 18 Sivan, 5771

Positive Commandment 217 (Digest)

Chalitza – Circumventing Levirate Marriage

“And she shall remove his shoe off his foot”—Deuteronomy 25:9.

If the brother of a married man who dies childless does not marry his widowed sister-in-law [See Positive Commandment 216], the widow is commanded to remove her brother-in-law’s shoe [as part of the chalitzah ceremony described in the Torah, and she is then permitted to marry whomever she desires].

Our sages tell us that performing levirate marriage is preferable to employing chalitzah to release the widow and brother-in-law from their bond

המצווה הרי”ז

הציווי שנצטווינו שתחלוץ היבמה ליבמה אם לא ישאנה.
והוא אמרו יתעלה: “וחלצה נעלו מעל רגלו” (שם שם, ט).

וכבר נתבארנו דיני מצווה זו במסכתא המיוחדת לכך, והיא מסכת יבמות.

וכבר ידעת לשונם: “מצוות ייבום קודמת למצוות חליצה”, ולפיכך קראו למסכתא “יבמות”, אף על פי שהיא כוללת דיני הייבום והחליצה כאחד.


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