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Mixed-gender seating for entertainment

There is a heter some poskim and rabbis (i.e. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein) give to sit on public transportation next to someone of the opposite gender. My question is, what is the halacha in regards to ...
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Mechitza for Men and Women

Research suggests that a Mechitza is often implemented in a synagogue to prevent distractions and impure thoughts for men during prayer, which is understandable. However, it raises the question of why ...
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Looking for sources that support needing a mechitzah in shul for activities other than davening

What are sources that support having a mechitzah or for gatherings in shul outside of davening such as kiddush, adult education, or other seudas mitzvah? Also helpful are sources that are against not ...
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Were women present in the Temple when offering the Korban Pesach?

Women are obligated to bring a korban Pesach. The mishna even talks about a group of women doing their own. So does that mean in the afternoon of the 14th of Nissan, you'd find both men and women in ...
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Source for "no Yetzer Harah when a Torah Scroll is opened/read"?

Following my question on "separation of men and women on Hakhel", in this Drashah (thanks Lee) R' Uri Sherki (Mercaz Harav) explains the lack of separation of men and women on Hakhel by the fact ...
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Was Hakhel performed in separation of men and women?

Mitzvat Hakhel requires the presence of men, women, and children in the Azara (135x135 Ama incl. 4 Lishachot), with a tremendous density (for 600K grown-up men it's around 4M people per 4,000 sq.m.), ...
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Talmudic Source Mechitzah?

What's the source in the Talmud for the mechitzah? I have yet to run across it. Also as an aside, I've been to a lot of Synagogues from Talmudic times, and I have yet to find any mechitzah type of ...
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When is a mechitza required for separation between men and women for prayers?

When is a mechitza (partition) required for separation between men and women for davening (prayers)? Is this only in a shul (synagogue) or anywhere men are praying? Is there a minimum amount of women ...
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Minimum height of a mechitza

Is anyone aware of a halachic opinion that permits, l'hatchilah, a mechitza of ten tefachim? I'm familiar with talmudic sources and with the normative debate (shoulder height vs. higher) and the ...
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Are there any restaurants in the New York area that offer separate men and women seating? [closed]

A few people would like to go out to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. But, they are concerned with meeting there with other family members that the young boys and girls from the family will ...
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Which side of the mechitza for a transgender individual?

Although this question would understandably require CYLOR in each situation, if a man who had a procedure done to appear similar to a woman, where should such an individual sit in shul? Also, would ...
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Covering chametz

Assuming one is permitted to sell chometz gamur, Is one permitted to simply cover sold chometz with a sheet or a garbage bag for the duration of Pesach or is an actual mechitza of 10 tefachim needed? ...
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Distance when Davening around the other Gender

If I am in a public setting where there is no mechitzah, and there are women around, how far away need I be from them in order to daven? I guess I'm wondering about the exact nature of the mechitzah -...
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Using Gud Achis on a Lechi

Do we apply Gud Achis to the Lechi's of an eruv, or only Gud Asik? Let me explain: On one side there is a proper Lechi that goes from the ground up to the string (i.e. the Koreh), the string streches ...
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Davening behind a mechitzah - Poreish Min HaTzibbur?

I have noticed a trend in many orthodox synagogues where men will daven in the women's section despite there being plenty of room in the men's section to sit and pray. Since the function of the ...
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Right side or left side of the mechitzah

Within the Orthodox tradition, is there a minhag for the correct side of the mechitzah men and women should sit? Right side of the mechitzah for men, left for women; or left side of the mechitzah for ...
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Rav Moshe on mechitzah and kalus rosh

I read somewhere in the Igros Moshe that a mechitzah is required at every wedding. Does anyone know where in the Igros Moshe it says that the reason we have a mechitzah at a wedding is to prevent ...
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mechitzah, shul and wedding [duplicate]

I read somewhere that a mechitzah is technically something required only in a shul. Is there a halachic source for this? I read somewhere that the concept of mechitzah has been extended to include ...
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Satmar Rebbe's opinion on Mechitza

Where could I find the opinion of the Satmar Rebbe (Rav Yoel) zt'l on the height and laws pertaining to the Mechitzah?
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Explaining lack of mixed dancing

How does one explain to non-observant relatives why your simcha will have separate dancing?
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How assur is mixed dancing?

What is the level of the issur on mixed dancing? Minhag? D'Rabanan, D'oraita, etc.? What about separate dancing but without a mehitza?
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What constitutes an acceptable barrier so that another person can pass by someone saying the Amidah?

The Shulchan Aruch/Mishna Berurah 102 (4) [15] writes that one may not walk within four Amos in front of somebody praying the Amidah. What constitutes an acceptable barrier in front of the person so ...
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Do I need to own the enclosure of my 'Eiruv?

If I have fencing around my yard, but it was all erected by my neighbors around me, can I use that fencing as the enclosure for an 'Eiruv? Of course, CYLOR for practical cases. I'm asking for the ...
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What kind of Mechitza is required when the women daven on the second floor?

Many times I have seen Shuls where women pray on a balcony on the second floor. What kind of Mechitza do they need? Is it enough if one can't see them (for example, if the angle is such that they ...
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When is a mechitza required at a meal?

According to the opinions which require Mechitzos by weddings. Why isn't there a requirement to have Mechitzos by any other Seudas Mitzvah? For example, why isn't there a requirement that one have a ...
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Are there any halachic authorities which relate to the non-mechitza, pre-1967 prayers which were held at the Kotel?

There are various pictures pre-dating the 1967 Six Day War, available on the Internet and in various scholarly sources, clearly showing free mixing among the genders at the Kotel (Western Wall) in the ...
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The laws behind the separation of men and women

In Israel there is a hot debate because of instances on some communities where extra steps are taken to separate men and women in every day life. For example in some bus lines women seat in the back ...
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Halachot of Shul Mechitzot

What are some good books, articles, websites, or seforim for learning about the Halachot of constructing and maintaining a Shul Mechitza (the barrier between the men and women sections)? Issues ...
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Rosh's view on a yard near a roof: do both pay for 10 tefach?

The Bavli, Bava Basra 6:2, discusses the case that someone's rooftop is adjacent to another person's courtyard floor, and then the case where the rooftop is actually lower (but not much lower) than ...
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Is a mechitza required for dancing at Jewish weddings? Why?

If the men and women aren't dancing together, is it strictly required that there also be a mechitza between them? If so, why? What guidelines would this mechitza have to meet? Or is it simply a smart ...
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Gud Asik in Halacha

Can someone describe what Gud Asik is and give examples in Halacha to illustrate it?
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Mixed Minyan in a Shiva House

What to do when helping make a minyan for mourners in a shiva house when at prayer time they insist on davening conservative style, men and women sitting together?
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