Is there anything prohibiting/restricting a woman from reading Pirkei Avot or the Shulchan Aruch?

  • In my shul, the rav who has Orthodox S'micha, even though the shul is Conservative, teaches Shulcah Aruch during the winter and Pirkei Avot during the summer during Shalosh Se'udot. Men and women are present. Regarding Pirkei Avot, in particular, I feel that some young seminary grads NEED to learn it. Based on their behavior, some may have forgotten some things about ethical behavior during their year in Israel. BTW - this would apply to men, too. – DanF Jul 30 '14 at 19:55
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    Are you aware of a source for such a restriction? Have you encountered an opinion that gave rise to this question? Any of the above would enhance the question. – WAF Jul 30 '14 at 22:50
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    Very close relative: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7071/3 – WAF Jul 30 '14 at 22:52

Women can lean definitely Pirkei Avot & Shulchan Aruch (why not?). On the contrary - women are obligated to know their halachic obligations and there is no other way for that other than studying Torah.

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    Your editing in a source for your claims would improve your answer. – msh210 Jul 31 '14 at 2:43

Historically, there were many wome who studied Torah. Currently, we have women who teach Torah, and Rabbi Avi Weiss has given some women the title "Rabbanit". Women are allowed to be mashgichot (kosher supervisors), so, I assume that they are learning some parts of Yoreh De'ah to know what to do.

I am citing these as examples of what appears to be a permissibility. However, there are so many differing opinions on this subject, that are all credible. You may want to read this article which throughly addresses the diferent opinions on this issue. I decided not to excerpt anything from it, as I think all the opinions mentioned are valid, and I can't decide which ones I like best.

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