Audio by Dr. Michael Sokolow

A general rule has been laid down in respect of the deceased brother`s wife: wherever she is prohibited as a forbidden relative, she may neither perform the halizah nor be taken in Levirate marriage. If she is prohibited by virtue of a commandment or by virtue of holiness, she must perform the halizah and may not be taken in Levirate marriage. If her sister is also her sister-in-law, she may perform the halizah or may be taken in Levirate marriage.   יבמות 2.3
כלל אמרו ביבמה׃ כל שהיא אסורה איסור ערווה, לא חולצת ולא מתייבמת; איסור מצוה ואיסור קדושה, חולצת ולא מתייבמת׃ אחותה כשהיא יבמתה, או חולצת או מתייבמת
Prohibited by virtue of a commandment` [refers to] the secondary degrees in relationship forbidden by the ruling of the Scribes. `prohibited by virtue of holiness` [refers to the following forbidden categories]: a widow to a High Priest; a divorced woman, or one that had performed halizah to a Common Priest; a female bastard or a Nethinah to an Israelite; and a daughter of an Israelite, to a Nathin or a bastard.   יבמות 2.4
איסור מצוה, שנייות מדברי סופרים; איסור קדושה-- אלמנה לכוהן גדול, גרושה וחלוצה לכוהן הדיוט, ממזרת ונתינה לישראל, בת ישראל לממזר ולנתין

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