Levirate Marriage and Halitzah

Ancient customs involving a childless widow.

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If any of these problems apply, the Talmud requires that any other brother who was present and available must immediately grant the widow her freedom through halitzah. Nevertheless, in traditional circles, a man whose brother has converted or is said to be insane or a wanderer may be deemed so risky that it is difficult for him to arrange a good marriage.

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Ronald L. Eisenberg

Ronald L. Eisenberg, a radiologist and non-practicing attorney, is the author of numerous books, including The Jewish World in Stamps.