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In Monty Python's The Life of Brian, it is asserted that women can't go to stonings because "it is written".

Are women allowed to attend stonings? What about throwing stones?

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    related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15742/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 19:31
  • I'm uncertain if the verse in Bamidbar 15:36, which says that "ALL the congregation" (Heb. "Kol Ha'edah") that stoned the Shabbat violator included women that were involved in the stoning. None of the commentaries I see there mention anything either way.
    – DanF
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 20:01
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    @DanF See the mishna (Sanhedrin 45a): רגימתו בכל ישראל שנאמר יד העדים תהיה בו בראשונה להמיתו ויד כל העם באחרונה. It does not limit it to men.
    – Fred
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 20:10
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    See שיירי קרבן (Sanhedrin 6:4) who seems to suggest that ונוסרו כל הנשים (Ezekiel 23:48), which requires women to attend the sotah ritual (Sotah 8b), extends to executions as well.
    – Fred
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 20:41

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Based on @Fred's reference to Sanhedrin 45a, the answer would be not only are women not forbidden from attending a stoning, but they are involved in the stoning process itself!

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    Actually, I just found this remark by R' Yitzchok Sorotzkin, who says צריך עיון regarding whether this includes women.
    – Fred
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 20:30
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    @Fred - Actually, YOU should have posted the answer, not me ;-) The fact that I "stole your thunder" in itself, צריך עיון ;-)
    – DanF
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 20:33

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