Thursday, 13 November 2014

yevamot 39

for your hand to be stronger than your sister-in-law,
keep your feet to yourself,
don't let her spit at your face,
and most importantly,
don't find her beautiful.

(discussed is if the brother can only sleep with his brother's widow, a previously forbidden sexual partner, if he is only doing it for the mitzah of yibbum marriage. not because he is attracted to her. earlier in the page describes the ceremony of halitza. he moves his right foot towards her, she removes and throws his shoe, and she spits towards him. it also discusses the brother's claim to her property, if his hand is stronger than her's to her property)

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