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1,026. Is Her First Husband Deceased?

July 11, 2014, by

145:15 If a woman buried two husbands, she may not marry a third time without first consulting with a Torah authority. 145:16 If a woman heard that her husband has died in another place, even if she heard it from several respectable men, she may not remarry without first consulting a Torah authority.

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1,025. A Woman Remarrying

July 11, 2014, by

145:13 A woman who has been widowed or divorced may not marry another man until she has waited ninety days, not including the day of her divorce or the death of her husband and not including the day of the wedding. (Editor’s note: the reason is to ensure that she’s not pregnant, to avoid questions […]

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1,024. Whom a Kohein May Not Marry

July 7, 2014, by

145:11 One may not remain with his wife even for an hour without a kesubah (marriage contract). If she loses her kesubah, he must go immediately to the beis din to have another written for her. 145:12 A kohein is not permitted to marry a divorcee, a “zonah*,” a “chalalah,” or a woman who has […]

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1,023. A Wife’s Honor

July 7, 2014, by

145:9 It’s a mitzvah to marry the daughter of one’s sister or brother. When it comes to other relatives – whether they are related to him, or to his wife who died or whom he divorced, or to a woman with whom he performed chalitzah – in all of these cases one may not marry […]

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1,022. Marrying for Money

July 7, 2014, by

145:7 It is permitted for a man to marry a respectable woman even if he’s doing so for money, provided that the money is being given to him voluntarily. However, if he refrains from marrying until he finds a woman with an amount of money he wants, or if he gets engaged based on the […]

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1,021. Is a Woman Obligated to Marry?

July 7, 2014, by

145:5 A woman is not obligated to have children. Nevertheless, it would still be appropriate for her to get married. 145:6 Every Jewish man should try to marry a proper woman from a respectable family. A Jew should have three characteristics: humility, mercy and kindliness. One who does not have these traits isn’t worth marrying.

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1,020. Remarrying

July 7, 2014, by

145:3 Even if one has fulfilled his obligation to procreate, he is not permitted to remain without a wife. He should marry a woman who already has children if he can but if he knows that he can no longer father children, it’s better for him to marry a woman without children. Similarly, if he […]

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1,019. The Obligation to Marry and Have Children

July 7, 2014, by

145:1 A man is obligated to get married in order to fulfill the mitzvah to have children. A man becomes obligated in this mitzvah at the age of 18. He should not pass his 20th year without a wife unless he occupies himself diligently with Torah study and is concerned that if he marries, it […]

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1,018. Honoring a Kohein

June 27, 2014, by

144:8 If a kohein and a Yisrael are equal in their Torah knowledge, it’s a mitzvah to give precedence to the kohein, as per Leviticus 21:8, “he shall be holy to you.” The Sages explained this to mean that for holy matters, the kohein is the one designated. This includes being called first to the […]

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1,017. Who is a Torah Scholar?

June 27, 2014, by

144:6 A person is considered to be a Torah scholar by his contemporaries if he knows how to conduct business according to the Torah, he is largely familiar with the Oral Law and later authorities, the Torah is his occupation – even if he has a little business on the side in order to earn […]

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