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Are women obligated to say the morning blessings and perform the ritual hand washing?

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A responsum of the Geonim (Sha'arei Teshuva 345) says they are obligated to say the morning blessings. The Arukh haShulchan rules this way as well (OC 70:1), as does R Pesach Eliyahu Falk (Machaze Eliyahu 13) interpreting the final ruling of the Mishna Berurah (70 sk 2) accordingly. Also ruling that women are obligated are Rs Eliezer Melamed, Ovadia Yosef (Yechaveh Da'at 4:4) and his son Yitzhak Yosef.

R Ben Zion Abba Shaul in his Ohr leSion rules they are not obligated.

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