The Rema on the Shulchan Aruch states that if one partakes of a seudat mitzvah such as a siyum then a person may eat meat or drink wine during the nine days. I would like to know if any poskim speak about whether or not a man who attends a siyum made by a woman may similarly eat meat and drink wine.

I am unsure if the principle that a person who has a lesser obligation (in this case women learning torah) cannot exempt someone who has a greater obligation (man learning torah) would apply here.


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Rabbi Shlomo Wahrman z"l in 1981 in his sefer She'erit Yosef vol. 2:4 answers in the affirmative, that a man may eat meat and drink wine at such a siyum.


I would be inclined to say no, since women are exempt from Torah study, so it would not qualify as a seudat mitzva.

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    This isn't worth much since it's just your thoughts without any basis.
    – Double AA
    Jul 26, 2017 at 13:19
  • This seems to be based on the premise of motzi acheirim. I.e., only one who is, himself, obligated in a mitzvah can fulfill other people's obligations. A siyum would not come in this category as it is not obligatory.
    – DanF
    Jul 26, 2017 at 15:08
  • Note the other answer that gives an actual teshuvah that it is permitted. Jul 26, 2017 at 17:36
  • What about parts which they are equally obligated as men (such as Kitzur)? Jul 26, 2017 at 23:21

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