3

My rav says a woman has the obligation to recite a hundred benedictions a day. Is this the view of the majority of poskim? What are the reasons? The following are footnotes from halachapedia:


  • (Women are not obliged:) From Halichot Bayta 13:note 2 in name of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Sh”t Teshuvot VeHanhagot 2:129, Sh”t Shevet HaKehati 3:63, Birkat Eitan (pg 62), Vezot HaBracha (pg 185, chapter 20), Sh”t Ateret Paz 1:1, Shevet HaLevi 5:23, and Sh”t Rivevot Efraim 3:47, 5:114 write that women are exempt and some base it on the Magen Avraham regarding Zecher Yetziat Mitzrayim in Shema who disagrees with the Shagat Aryeh.
  • (Women are obliged) Rav Elyashiv in Yashiv Moshe (pg 19) and Birkat Eitan (pg 61), Rav Hershel Schachter in a shiur on yutorah.org ("Women at Prayer" min 28), Chacham Ovadyah in Halichot Olam (vol 1 pg 59), Halacha Brurah 46:8, and Yalkut Yosef (Otzar Dinim LeIsha 6:1 pg 75), and Halichot Bat Yisrael (end of chapter 14) write that women are obligated since it’s a obligation that applies the whole day and is renewed every day similar to the Shagat Aryeh regarding Zecher Yetziat Mitzrayim in Shema. Yalkut Yosef (Otzar Dinim LeIsha 6:1 pg 75) cites some who say that after the fact women can fulfill their obligation with praises of Hashem or by answering Amen to the brachot of others. See Contemporary Questions In Halacha and Hashkafa pg. 106 where he quotes opinions on both sides as well
  • 2
    Note answers here are not good substitutes for your rabbis advice. Anything you find here should be treated like you heard it from friends. Use it to go back and ask your rabbi about it if you want or just to learn some Torah. – Double AA Jan 19 '17 at 3:44
  • @DoubleAA Sure, just want to learn more. Due to language issues, rav and I cannot communicate at a comprehensive level using too many technical words or quoting too many sources on halacha, that's why I ask here :) – Yerushalmi Jan 19 '17 at 3:47
  • Women and men are obligated in all the same blessings (except for those said on time-bound Mitzvot, so on a regular day Shema/Tzitzit/Tefillin = 9 blessings) but still shouldn't be much of an issue getting to 100. I'm not sure why you'd think women and men would be different in this regard. – Double AA Jan 19 '17 at 3:52
  • Yalkut Yosef 46:3:5 says they are obligated. So too R Chaim Kanievsky (Shelat Rav chapter 17). Indeed I'm not aware of any Rishon who exempts women. – Double AA Jan 19 '17 at 4:15
  • 1
    If you are only obligated in 1 tefillah a day then indeed it wouldn't be 57. But that position was made up in the last ~century. No known classical authority before 500 years ago distinguishes women from men regarding an obligation to pray. At some point women werent praying (perhaps due to illiteracy) and someone tried to suggest ways their actions didnt necessarily contradict the explicit Mishna which obligates women in prayer. So yes, its not logically inconsistent that women aren't obligated in all 3 Tefilot/100 blessings a day, but it doesn't seem to be the dominant traditional position – Double AA Jan 19 '17 at 4:44

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .