Does a lady have a Chiuv to eat on Erev Yom Kippur? The Shaagas Aryeh questions from one side it is a Mitzvas Asei Shehazman Grama and they should be Pottur. However they have a Chiuv to fast on Yom Kippur and maybe if you have to fast you also have to eat the day prior? The Shaagas Aryeh leaves it as a Tzoruch Iyun.

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    Is eating on EY"K a Mitzva, per se?
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 15:17
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    So yodeyans are supposed to know more than the Shaagas Aryeh?
    – Shalom
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 15:20
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    Isaac, the question is if it's a separate mitzva it might be asey shehazman grama. If it's connected to a lav somehow (like don't-eat-chametz,-do-eat-matza) then women are definitely obligated.
    – Shalom
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 15:21
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    Gershon - it sounds like you've already answered your question. Do you mean to ask whether later poskim take a stand on the S.A.'s tzorich iyyun?
    – Dave
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 15:29
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    Dave - that is what I want to know - Are there any other Poskim discussing this and how did they rule? Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 17:27

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By Hilchos Tefilah, Tosafos are quoted in the famous controversy regarding whether women are obligated to daven. They say that the rule that women are from a time-bound, positive commandment only applies to mitzvos di'oraisa (commandments that the Torah itself directs us to do). Regarding Rabbinic Mitzvos this rule does not necessarily apply.

  • I do not understand what you are saying. Commented Jan 18, 2011 at 16:33
  • Gershon, sorry! I have been out of Lakewood so long that I forgot to write in that language: Mir zein fun Shitas Tosafos in Brachos bai di inyan fun nashim chayavos bi'tefilah az nashim ken zayn are chayavos in ah diRabanandige mitzvas asei shehazman gramah. Essing on erev Yom Kippur is midirabanan. Az lefi Tosafos di tzarich iyun fun di Shaages Aryeh is nit azei sh'ver.
    – Yahu
    Commented Jan 18, 2011 at 19:17
  • What controversy is there if women are obligated to daven? Everyone agrees they are. It's an explicit Mishna.
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 0:32

Hacham Yishak Yosef in Yalkut Yosef Moadim Page 74 (or Siman 604, Seif 6 in the Kisur version), says that women are obligated to eat Erev Yom Kippur, because the Pasuk brings the commandment in the form of a negative commandment, i.e. Veinitem.


I found that the Ksav Sofer says that women do have a Chiyuv to eat on Erev Yom Kippur.

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    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 22, 2012 at 4:28

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