THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD'S TREATMENT OF LEVIRATE MARRIAGE Dvora E. Weisberg (University of Pittsburgh) In an earlier piece on levirate marriage and halitzah in the Mishnah, I concluded that Mishnah Yebamot expands on the laws of levirate marriage found in the Bible and, at the same time, restricts the scope of levirate marriage. At first glance, these two trends seem contradictory, and most scholars focus on one or the other when discussing levirate marriage. In fact, I would argue, the two tendencies reflect a consistent and coherent approach on the part of the rabbis. The central concern in 1tlishnah Yebamot is deter- mining whether a levirate bond exists between a widow and her brother- in-law and resolving that bond, either through levirate marriage or halitzah.1 I In this article, I consider Babli Yebamot's treatment of levirate mar- riage and halitzah. Does the Babli exhibit a preference for levirate marriage or halitzah, or does it consider both equally valid responses to the levirate bond? If the Babli exhibits a preference for one re- sponse over the other, is that preference absolute? Are there situa- tions in which levirate marriage is the preferred outcome and others in which halitzah is recommended?
Review of Rabbinic Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2000
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