According to Halacha, if a woman prays the Amidah is she obligated to take three steps backwards before and after, or no? Since, women’s halachic obligations are different from men’s, but women to my understanding have some halachic obligation of tefillah is she exempt from that specific requirement or no? I ask because there is an idea that If you perform a mitzvah voluntarily, you should perform it properly.

  • Please don't delete and repost the same question to avoid downvotes
    – Double AA
    Commented May 14 at 18:17
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    A woman’s obligation in prayer is essentially the same as a man’s
    – Joel K
    Commented May 14 at 18:18
  • Indeed no known Gaon/Rishon indicates women and men have different obligations of individual prayer (differing only in their obligation regarding shema, and perhaps obligation to go to a minyan to pray). This question is a good example of the common-lemaaseh kind of things they all should have dealt with regularly and explicitly if the premise of your question was correct.
    – Double AA
    Commented May 14 at 18:18
  • Why don't you ask if she's obligated to bow?
    – shmosel
    Commented May 14 at 20:08
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    @DoubleAA my question is does she gather her tzitzit before Shema and regularly touch her tefillin
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented May 14 at 23:32

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There is nothing saying she is not obligated to. It's hard to prove a negative, but I just haven't seen anything indicating that. The difference between men and women is usually in categories of commandments, not individual details.


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