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Chalitzah

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Chalitzah: (lit. "taking off"); a ceremony whereby the widow of a childless husband is released by the brother of the deceased, thus permitting her to remarry somebody else.
If a married man dies childless the widow is to marry her dead husband's brother. This practice is known as Yibbum. Alternatively, they can perform a procedure known as Chalitzah. Here's an overview of the Chalitzah ceremony.
Background: Joe and Jack are brothers. Joe marries Miriam but dies before having any children. Torah law states that Jack should now marry Miriam. This practice is known as yibum, or levirate marriage. It is not commonly practiced today. Instead, we tell ...
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