Yibbum ‘ייבום’ is the form of levirate marriage that is a Torah precept. As specified by Deuteronomy 25:5–10, the brother of a man who died without children is asked to marry the widow in order to have a continuation of life for the dead husband.
If either of the parties refuses to go through with the marriage, they are required to go through a ceremony known as Halizah.
Yibum is rare nowadays and the Widow and the brother-in-law perform the ceremony of Halitza to release the part of the soul that the first husband left in the woman.

« Back to Glossary Index