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Day 84: Negative Commandment 357

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Negative Commandment 357 (Digest)
Relations with a Widow who has not Performed Chalitzah

"The wife of the dead man shall not be to an outsider"Deuteronomy 25:5.

It is forbidden for anyone – besides the deceased's brother – to engage in sexual relations with the widow of a childless man, unless she has performed chalitzah.

Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
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