Chalitzas are very uncommon, sometimes happening just once a year. Today there were two Chalitzas, with one that hasn’t happened in tens of years.
The new Yungeleit of the Kolel L’horaah Ma’asis split into two groups today, with each group witnessing one Chalitza that took place in Young Israel of Avenue K.
The Av Beis Din of Agudas Harabonim, Rabbi Arye Ralbag presided on each of the Chalitzos, with the Rosh Kolel Rabbi Sholom Shuchat serving as a Dayan, and an additional three Dayanim: Rabbi Peretz Steinberg, Av Beis Din of Queens; Rabbi Chaim Kraus, Dayan in Agudas Harabonim; and Rabbi Yaakov Haviv, Dayan in Jerusalem.
The Kolel Yungeleit from the previous first year participated in a Chalitza a few months ago, and the new Yungeleit participated in today’s two Chalitzos.
The 2nd Chalitza of the day was with a man who had his leg amputated, and was based upon the Psokim of the Rabonim of Israel back in the 50s and 70s after some IDF soldiers returned from the wars with amputated legs.
The Yungeleit of the 1st Chalitza were treated to a short introductory Shiur from Rabbi Haviv on the way to the Chalitza, explaining the intricate laws of Chalitza and why today Yibum is no longer practiced.
The Yungeleit of the 2nd Chalitza were treated to an introductory Shiur from Rabbi Haviv on the various opinions regarding a Chalitza for an amputee, before the Chalitza began.
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