In the movie Yentl, a woman pretends to be a man in order to study talmudic law. Is it considered a sin to study the talmud as a woman?


No, it's not considered a sin for a woman to study Talmud on her own.

The Talmud does question the wisdom of one's teaching one's daughter Talmud; however the Prisha comments that if a woman chooses to study of her own volition, that's fine.

  • What about in a yeshiva?
    – J. Doe
    Dec 28 '15 at 18:23
  • @J.Doe: Talmud study in a group, such as in yeshiva, is preferable since the dialog helps one to refine their understanding. There are a number of women's yeshivot, such as Nevey Yerushalayim, Mayanot, and Bais Chana Women International. The only reason for disguising as a man in the movie Yentl, is that the men's yeshivot tend to feature a more advanced Talmud program, while the women's tend to have a broader variety of subjects such as scripture and ethics.
    – Baruch
    Dec 29 '15 at 18:03

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