Are there any contemporary responsa regarding partnership minyanim, such as Shira Hadasha and Darkei Noam?

Various rabbis have written against it (e.g., R. Student, R. Rothstein, R. Firmer) and it seems even fewer have written supporting it (e.g., R. Sperber). Some of these opinions have been discussed previously on this site.

However, I have not heard of responsa/declarations/essays by poskim on the subject. The only posek that I'm aware of who has written (against) such a congregation, is R. Yehudah Henkin. If others exist, who wrote them, what is the halacha that they write, and what it is their explanation for it?

For clarity's sake, I'll refer to Shalom's answer on the definition of a posek. Basically, I'm asking about recognized halachic authorities, who probably have yadin yadin, and have written practical responsa for today's times.

  • AFAIK the answer is no. Probably related to the whole fear of 'legitimization'. What actually ends up happening is they think there aren't rational responses because no one is giving them, and it reinforces their beliefs.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 20:34
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    Though if we want, we can probably guess pretty accurately the entire exact wording of R Chaim Kanievsky's teshuva: אסור.
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 20:35
  • There was a recent article about it. Which Posekim in particular are you looking for?
    – Seth J
    Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 20:39
  • @SethJ: Any/all available.
    – Aryeh
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 0:29
  • @DoubleAA: I don't understand. Weren't there vigorous responses at the advent of the Reform movement in Germany? Especially considering the growing rate of cherem stamping these days, it is boggles the mind why such a contentious issue hasn't received more attention.
    – Aryeh
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 0:32

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Rav Ephraim Greenblatt in Rivevos Ephraim 7:314 starting from the paragraph of וכתבנו he says who gave them the heter [permission], he ends off by saying whoever has the power to stop this, bracha should be upon them. See also Rivevos Ephraim 6:153:12 where he uses other mekoros [sources](Igros Moshe OC 4:70:5) against such minyanim. In his tshuvos he quotes other poskim see inside for yourself.

The tshuvah is talking about women themselves making a minyan,reading the Torah,wearing a tallis.It seems obvious that certainly men and women together in one minyan,and women leading services would be forbidden.

  • But of course people should read the tshuva from the beginning where he says women should not learn shnayim mikra v'echad targum either. He seems to be against women learning any Torah, rather they should just "stick to women's matters"
    – Curiouser
    Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 17:07
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    @Curiouser and ...
    – sam
    Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 18:32
  • Neither of these responsa discuss partnership minyanim. I'm pretty close to downvoting for not answering the question...
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 21:01
  • Kal vchomer ,if women can't make a minyan for themselves then together with men forsyte is assur
    – sam
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 21:10
  • @sam That's not a good kal vahomer (for instance, ignoring tzniut issues (eg. lots of brothers), it's probably only permitted for a woman to read megillah for another woman (on Friday Purim Meshulash in Jerusalem) if 10 men are in the room) and plus the two kinds of groups do different things... And in any event you should explain in your post what you are actually quoting and what analogies you are making on your own.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 21:41

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