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“That’s pretty much the only way to describe it,” she explained. Wruble, who is Modern Orthodox, has found it hard being single in her community, with its emphasis on marriage and family.“It was so sudden and traumatic.” However much she misses him, Wruble craves that amazing feeling again. But the Modern Orthodox community has recently started paying particular attention to second-time singles, helping them find a new match through specially tailored events and dedicated matchmakers.

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Where a man dies without issue, the laws of levirate marriage and halitzah come into operation.

The Talmud (Yevamot 64b) observes that it is dangerous to marry a woman who has been widowed from two former husbands, either because she may have some malignant disease in her womb which caused their deaths or because it may be her fate not to have a husband to support her.

Many Jewish communities had an orphanage in which the young charges were cared for, not always as kindly as they should have been judging by the frequent complaints found in Jewish literature.

A teacher was allowed to chastise an orphan ‘for his own good’ but orphans should otherwise be treated with special tenderness and consideration.

But the ketuhah consists of a settlement on the estate from which the widow is entitled to maintenance until she remarries. Gaucher disease is the most common genetic disorder in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. Visit gaucherdisease.org/mystatus for more information. Reprinted from The Jewish Religion: A Companion, published by Oxford University Press.