halitza

The ceremony that frees the widow of a man who died without children from the obligation to marry one of her deceased husband’s brothers and allows her to remarry. The term halitza is derived from the central element of  this ceremony, which involves the removal (halitza) by the widow of a special sandal from the foot of one of her deceased husband’s brothers. Halitza must be performed before a rabbinical court.

« Back to Glossary Index