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  • Weisberg
    Dvora
    "Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism",
    Weisberg
    Dvora
    , 2009 .
    Synopsis:

    Dvora Weisberg, a professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR, engages in a careful reading of the laws of yibum (levirate marriage, the obligation to marry the childless widow on one’s brother) and halitza (the ritual releasing the parties from such obligation).  From a careful reading of the biblical text (Gen. 38, Deut. 25:5-10, and Ruth), to an analysis of the sources in the Talmud and responsa, the author presents the rabbinic view of family and kinship structures, and principles of inheritance. Weisberg also engages in a cross-cultural perspective, showing how different societies have practiced levirate marriage throughout the world.

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