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Can a man who has undergone a sex change give his wife a Get?

There have recently been some very high-profile cases of men refusing to give their wives Gittin (plural for "Get", the Jewish divorce document required to free a woman to remarry). Reading about one ...
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Shaved or Trimmed

וַהֲבֵאתָהּ, אֶל-תּוֹךְ בֵּיתֶךָ; וְגִלְּחָה, אֶת-רֹאשָׁהּ, וְעָשְׂתָה, אֶת-צִפָּרְנֶיהָ. In Deuteronmy 21:12, the JPS translates גלחה as “she shall trim her hair”. The entire verse translated in the JPS ...
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What do you call a female Chosid?

I have encountered a lot of different words purporting to be the feminine version of Chosid (Hasid/Hassid/חסיד). I have seen or heard: Chosides (~Chosidit?) Chasideh/Chasida Most recently, ...
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Which rishon allows women to appear without hair covering in front of less than three men in her own home?

I remember reading of an opinion that allows married women not to cover their hair when they are in their own home in the presence of three men or less. I cannot remember the source though and would ...
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Should a woman make a bracha before doing a non-required mitzvah?

I am thinking of mitzvot like Counting the omer Lulav and esrog ...which are not technically required of women--but women are allowed to do them--and which are preceded by brachos of the form "... ...
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Defining “oso makom” for kissing [duplicate]

Oral sex to pleasure a women according to some opinions is forbidden or not recommended, does that include the clitoris area or only the vagina?
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Is there any source that says that women should / should not get drunk on Purim?

The prevalent מנהג is that women do not get drunk on Purim. I assume this due to tznius (modesty) concerns. Is there any ancient or recent source that explicitly discusses women not/yes drinking on ...
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May women say prayers aloud in the presence of men?

Is there a tznius (or any other) issue with women saying blessings and/or prayers aloud in the presence of unrelated men? I remember hearing that certain inyonim (perhaps kol isha?) do not apply if ...
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Is it forbidden for a woman to mouth the words to a song in front of men?

A woman should not sing along to a song in the presence of unrelated Jewish men. But can she mouth the words? I never see frum women doing this, presumably because of marat ayin. As far as the issue ...
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How much wine should women drink at the Pesach seder?

In light of the concerns discussed here, how much of the Four Cups are women required/advised to drink at the Passover seder? At my last seder, I was told that women only need to have "a little" (a ...
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Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant?

Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant? If yes then why is it a problem?
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Women wearing men's “women's shirts”

Some chassidic shirts are basically identical to women's dress shirts, save for the bust shape, i.e. they button right-over-left. Would a female wearing the former be transgressing the prohibition on ...
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Women in Leadership Roles

If women are holier than men and naturally closer to Hashem, which is why they aren't obligated in as many mitzvos, why is there at its least a minhag and at its most a prohibition barring them from ...
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Is there a feminine equivalent of Zt"l?

Inspired by this question, I am wondering: Is zt"l -- זצ“ל, zatzal = zecher tzadik livracha "May the memory of this tzaddik be a blessing" -- ever used for tzadkaniyot, righteous females? Or else is ...
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Rings as chatzitzahs for bread, mikvah, washing

A woman who makes challah in her rings may leave them on for al netilas yadayim. (Source.) Does this mean she could leave them on for mikvah, too? Why or why not? (I understand the answer is almost ...
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What customs does a divorced/widowed woman follow? (Ashkenazi/Sfardi — hers or her ex-husband's?)

When a woman gets married, she takes on her husband's customs. Thus, an Ashkenazi woman marrying a Sfardi man gets to eat rice on Pesach (and vice versa). But what happens if she gets divorced, or if ...
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May women bentch gomel?

If a women was in the circumstances that would require someone to bentch gomel may she do so or must her husband, male family member, or another male in the community make the bracha on her behalf? ...
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Kohelet and women

I'm curious about the meaning of verse 7.28 from Kohelet: "Which my soul sought yet, but I did not find; one man out of a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I did not find." It seems to ...
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Hair Covering Before Marriage?

Are there any communities in America or Israel where women cover their hair before marriage? Do Satmar women cover their hair before marriage?
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Must a woman cover her hair during childbirth?

Does a woman need to cover her hair during childbirth or other major medical procedures?
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נשים דעתן קלה versus נזמי הזהב אשר באזניהם

The Mishna, Kidushin chapter 4: A man cannot be alone with two women, but one woman can be alone with two men. The Bavli thereon, 80 amud 2: What's the reason? A Mishna-explainer of the ...
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Why is there no Bris Milah for girls?

The title says it all, for the most part, but given that the Bris Milah is a way of bringing a newborn boy into the covenant with God, why is there no parallel/similar ritual, or commencement, as it ...
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What is permissible on “anything-but” night (סמוך לוסתה)?

Please see here for the source that on the night of a woman's expected menstruation, anything other than "relations" proper is permitted. What acts are included under this permission? Put another ...
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Are women allowed to see another woman's private area?

I always was curious if a woman has to guard her eyes, like men, in tznious. I've seen a lot of bikini pics. I just wanted to know if it's an aveira to see this type of stuff.
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Do women need to do the first-born fast?

Rema in Shulchan Aruch, 470:2 says that a father should fast for his first born (or attend a siyum) on Erev Pesach, if the son is too young to fast, himself. He also states, that if the father, ...
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If women are not obliged to daven maariv, should they daven if they wish to?

This source said that women are not obliged to daven maariv but may do if they wish. He since revised his view - see the source quoted by @Double AA's comment 25 Mar 16. This question was posed on ...
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Is a woman allowed to pray maariv? [duplicate]

I have heard that, according to the letter of the law, women only need to pray once a day (usually shachris). Some women add an additional prayer which is usually mincha. If a woman desired to, could ...
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If a man gave 'mishloach manot' on Purim to a woman, did he fulfull the mitzvah?

In the Shulchan Aruch 695, the Rema states that a man should not send manot to a woman to avoid the problem of safek kiddushin. If he did send the gift to a woman (and suppose that was the only gift ...
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Newlyweds: Only four days before Hefsek Tahara?

I recently saw on Wikipedia something I had never heard before: that for newlyweds, "a bride counts only four days before performing a hefsek tahara, instead of the usual five." No citation was ...
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Are women required to keep the Fast of Esther?

I had learned that women are only required to fast on Yom Kippur and Tisha B'Av. But sometimes, women are obligated in mitzvos that they wouldn't ordinarily be expected (such as the time-bound mitzvos ...
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Why was Esther permitted to Mordechai up untill the Feasts with Achashveirosh?

The Medrash tells us that Esther was the wife of Mordechai, and once she was forceably taken to be the queen and Achashveirosh's wife, she was still permitted to Mordechai becouse she was taken ...
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Why prefer the father to the mother?

"A father can protest that his son not say Kaddish for his mother, because the father's honor comes first (Darchei Moshe 376)." http://dafyomi.co.il/erchin/halachah/er-hl-025.htm "Question (an ...
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Should we allow women to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah?

Active women in my shul are demanding the right to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah, behind the mechitza. They are saying that it is not something forbidden, and that it is religiously healthy. ...
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Are women explicitly forbidden from handling and reading the Torah?

I am interested to know, despite the "political agendas" involved, if the "women of the wall" are in breach of halacha and if so, which one(s). As a part of that, I ask: Are women explicitly forbidden ...
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Questions about why is wife denied access to her own property? [closed]

Under Jewish law, Wife is not allowed to manage fruit or sell any property without husband's consent. Husband inherits his deceased wife but not vice versa. But Torah doesn't prohibit married women to ...
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Is there a female equivalent of Z"l?

When a righteous woman passes away what is the appropriate term to use to indicate "in her blessed memory"?, i.e., is there a lady's alternative to z"l ?
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Can women pray when on their period?

I've recently learned that Muslim women aren't supposed to pray when they're on their period and do not fast when on their period. I've never heard of anything similar in Judaism. Can women pray when ...
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What powers and responsibilities do wives of Jewish kings have in relation to the public?

It is known that a Jewish king has to be male, as quoted by an answer to this question. What halachik powers did the queen (i.e. wife of the king) have within the kingdom? Also, what historical ...
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What is a woman's obligation when it comes to T'fillah?

In Orthodox practice it is commonly thought that women are not obligated in T'fillah (parts of it anyway) due to its time-bound nature. However, what is a woman's obligation? Which prayers must she ...
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How to make Purim more female friendly?

At a recent Shabbat meal the conversation was about how Purim was a "guy holiday" where women felt like second class citizens, especially married women who often found themselves cooking the seuda, ...
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What Do The Sources Say (If Anything) About When Women Can Reveal They're Pregnant

I've heard that women are meant to wait until after the first trimester to reveal that they are pregnant. (One rabbi I heard say they should wait even beyond, if possible.) The idea being to avoid ...
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Level of obligation of married women covering their hair

Does a married woman have to cover her hair based on a biblical commandment or a rabbinic decree?
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May a non-Jew have an abortion?

Are non-Jews permitted to have abortions? (Consider the gemara in Sanhedrin 57b where "a baraita brings in the name of Rabbi Yishmael that a Ben Noach gets capital punishment if he intentionally ...
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R' Herschel Schachter on Female Dayanim

R' Saul Berman was a scholar in residence at Harvard Hillel this past Shabbat Zachor (28 Feb 2015). During se'udah shelishit, in response to a query which dealt with his talk after shacharit, he said ...
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Are there any women teachers in the Torah? [closed]

Is there any women teachers in the Torah? What do the Torah or Talmud say about women teachers?
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Were women allowed to offer korbanot on private altars?

When private altars were permitted (heter bamot) were women allowed to offer sacrifices on them or was it similar to the temple where only men were allowed to offer the sacrifices?
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Could a woman have been a priest in the Temple back in the time of David, and if not, why not?

Could a woman have been a priest in the Temple back in the time of David, and if not, why not?
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Difference between men and women regarding drinking water before the day kidush

In Chukas Hanoshim of the Ben Ish Hai chapter 43 (below) he writes that women cannot drink anything on Shabbos morning until kidush, but men can drink water before shachris. What might be his ...
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Criteria for the list of Nashim Kesheiros (Medrash Breishis Rabsi)

The Medrash Breishis Rabsi Parshas Chaya Sara 23:1 lists 22* Nashim Kesheiros. כ"ב נשים כשרות היו בעולם ואלו הן שרה, רבקה, רחל, לאה, סרח בת אשר, יוכבד, מרים, בתיה בת פרעה, דבורה, צללפונית אשת מנוח, ...