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I assume the halacha that the voice of a woman is like nakedness only applies to girls over the age of bat mitzva, if so would Levite girls younger than that age have been able to participate in the singing of the Levi'im in the temple?

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    Were women allowed to serve in the Beis HaMikdash? – ezra May 8 '17 at 2:20
  • Consider registering your account. Also consider sourcing your claims to the best of your ability. For example, how do you know that a voice is like nakedness? (Even clarifying that this is something you have heard from rabbis, friends, or others, for example, strengthens the question). You might also consider clarifying why you think it would only refer to girls from bat mitsvah. – mevaqesh May 8 '17 at 2:27
  • Note that your title asks whether they would have been able to, (i.e. whether there was any possible problem), then you consider whether or not a given problem would apply. There could have been reasons for them not to do sing in in the Temple beisides for the issue you raise. (Note that the issue is Talmudic; there is no evidencethat at the time of the Temple hearing a woman singing was considered objectionable. Interestingly, it is not at all clear that prohibition is even defined by singing; the Talmud speaks of voices; which voices, and of which women, is subject to interpretation). – mevaqesh May 8 '17 at 2:38
  • "I assume the halacha that the voice of a woman is like nakedness only applies to girls over the age of bat mitzva" Why in the world would you assume that? – Double AA May 8 '17 at 2:53
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    Hey, not-allowed, your username looks familiar; is this other account also yours? If so, you might not know that you can ask for them to be merged. That way, you can keep track of all of your activity here in one place. (If it is you, welcome back! :-)) – Shokhet May 8 '17 at 4:07
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The prohibition applies to girls above the age of 3. And children that young would probably not be allowed to serve, for practical if not halachic reasons.

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    "The prohibition applies to girls above the age of 3." Aside from not actually being true according to everyone, the "prohibition" is rabbinic and may not apply in the Temple or have always applied at all. Plus she'd be singing in a choir which is fine according to many and, being in the Temple, she'd obviously be fully Tehorah. – Double AA May 8 '17 at 3:32
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    "And children that young would probably not be allowed to serve, for practical if not halachic reasons." Why say probably when the Mishna addresses this issue directly? And why post an answer if you're just guessing? – Double AA May 8 '17 at 3:33
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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya, Noam Bechhofer! – ezra May 8 '17 at 3:40

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