The mitzvot and sins are not equal in their distribution. Some are only applicable to men, some to women, some to Kohanim, to Kings, etc.

In the case of a wayward (or rebellious) son who is described as "a glutton and a drunkard", is only a son capable of committing this sin? Is a daughter who is a glutton and drunkard not deserving of the capital punishment as he is? If so then why? Is she deserving of any form of punishment?


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The Mishna (Sanhedrin 8:1) says the the word "son" is used intentionally to exclude a daughter, in this case.

The Talmud (Sanhedrin 69b-70a) says that while it would be reasonable to also punish a wayward daughter, it is a divine decree that it is not so.

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    So the answer is that G-d doesn't want a daughter to be punished for these actions and there is no concrete answer as to why that is the case other than it's the divine will? Aug 30, 2015 at 16:09
  • @Echad-Ani-Yodeya That is the gist of these sources. I don't claim there aren't others that say other things, but these are pretty important ones in Judaism.
    – Double AA
    Aug 31, 2015 at 18:07
  • @DoubleAA My Rav discussed this on Shabbat. He cited (I have to ask him for his source, b"n, when I see him) that daughters are never wayward or gluttons or drunkards. Girls don't behave this way. That is why the Torah does not mention them.
    – DanF
    Aug 31, 2015 at 21:52

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