Re: marrying dead wife's sister #poland

Sharlene Kranz <skranz_99@...>

But it certainly did happen. My great-grandfather married his dead wife's sister. They lived in Czeszenow.

-sharlene kranz


Subject: Re: Inter-family marriage question

I understand that if a man died, it was common for his brother to marry
the widow. I'm just wondering just how common this was in Eastern Europe
in the 1800s. Did it occur often?
Quite the opposite. Except in the specific case of the levirate marriage, a man may not marry his brother's wife, even if the brother is dead. This is specifically proscribed. And the levirate marriage is no longer in practice.

And was there a specific time period that the widow had to wait before
getting married again? What if she married a man not related to her
Accod\rsing to halacha, a widow may marry right after the thirty day mourning period. A man must wait for the entire holiday cycle to pass, unless he has small children, in which case, thirty days is sufficient.

What about the other way around? If a woman died, would her sister step
up and marry the widower?
Often, but certainly not dictated by halacha. After all, who better to raise the dead sisters kids? On another level, I had an uncle in the US who married his dead wife's widowed sister - she wanted to make sure that no "other woman" took their inheritance.

Israel Pickholtz

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