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Questions about or that apply specifically to women.

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Men's Burden is Women's Adornment?

Someone mentioned to me that there is a difference in halacha on Shabbos where wearing something would be considered carrying for a man but permitted as an adornment for a woman. Although I can ...
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Men's Earth vs. Women's Bone

Someone recently mentioned to me that there is a Chazal saying אדם was created from עפר which gets hot quickly but doesn’t retain the heat too long, while women were created from bone which takes ...
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poetical works authored by women?

Are there any examples of songs, poems, piyyutim or kinnot from the time of the first temple until the 1700's (c.e.) which were authored by women and were adopted by traditional/orthodox communities. ...
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Does a Jewish woman have a responsibility, according to halacha, to get married?

Does a Jewish woman have a responsibility, according to halacha, to get married? My question references the halacha. The other question does not reference halacha, and neither do the answers ...
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Is there a stricter tznius status regarding the chest area?

Is a woman's uncovered chest-area halachically any more stringent as far as laws of tznius (modesty), than other generally covered parts of her body? (Thighs, stomach, back, shoulders) - not ...
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Does a pregnant or nursing woman fast on a postponed Tish'ah B'Av?

According to this answer pregnant and nursing women generally fast only on Tish'ah B'Av and Yom Kippur, but not the other "minor" fasts. (This is certainly the case where fasting would cause them pain....
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is a wife obligated to submit to her husband for relations? how often?

Some people say only a husband is obligated to provide relations to his wife but the wife has no obligations. If she wants to she submits, if not she does not (since her husband is not allowed to rape ...
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Honoring female Rabbis - sources [duplicate]

Sorry I'm stuck with this topic... I am looking for sources on various Halakhot of honoring female Rabbis (knowledgeable women that tech Judaism). My basic assumption is that as many rule that כיבוד ...
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If a woman proclaims “I am a male”, will she become obligated to observe all mitzvos which men are obligated, because of שוייה לנפשה חתיכה דאיסורא?

If a woman proclaims "I am a male, (and I underwent gender-change surgery)", will she become obligated to observe all mitzvos which men are obligated, because of שוייה לנפשה חתיכה דאיסורא - She ...
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Do woman get reward for not shaving their payos and beard

Do woman/non-Jews get a reward for not doing things they are permitted to do, and men / Jews are forbidden to do? I know that if someone does a mitzvah they are not commanded doing, they get a reward....
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Is Eved Ivri obligated in honoring one's parents?

A tough question that I could not find anyone mentioning. The Gemmorah in Kiddushin 30b says a married woman is exempt from honoring the parents as "whereas with regard to a woman, it is not in her ...
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Did many / any women remarry in the desert or after first entering Israel?

Follow up to this answer that states that women were excluded from the decree of dying in the desert. If their husbands died and they didn't have children, I assume that they wanted children. Thus, ...
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Women and the egel

The Leviim were rewarded for not participating in the egel (golden calf) by replacing the buchorim (firstborn) as the workers in the mishkan. But the women also did not participate in the calf. What ...
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Answering Amen to Shelo Asani Isha

(I realize there are some similar questions, but I believe not dupes...) Asking for a friend: If a woman is present while a man is saying Shelo Asani Isha, is there any reason she should not answer ...
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Why didn't women complain about not being able to bring the Pesach?

During the first year in the desert, some men were tamei and complained that they couldn't bring the Pesach. This resulted in the mitzvah of Pesach Sheni. Men and women are equally obligated to ...
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May a woman be appointed as CEO of a Jewish company or principal of a Jewish school

רמב"ם פרק א' מהלכות מלכים הלכה ה אין מעמידין אשה במלכות שנאמר עליך מלך ולא מלכה, וכן כל משימות שבישראל אין ממנים בהם אלא איש. A woman cannot be appointed to royalty... and so too with any ...
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Source for tznius? [closed]

I am looking for information into the history of tznius in Jewish communities around the world. The main thing I'm interested is the differences in standards of modesty between different Jewish ...
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Did Yaakov bless his daughter Dina?

In parshat Vayechi Yaakov blesses (almost) all his children. There is no mention of him giving a blessing to his daughter Dina. I would like to know if there is any recording of a blessing from Yaakov ...
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Talmud passage relevant to #metoo

At the Seder table, my sister told me about a passage in the Talmud advocating that women go to the toilet together, lest they be raped. I was wondering if anyone had the exact location?
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Why sell chametz to a woman?

I see that someone claims that, when it comes to selling one's chametz to a non-Jew before Pesach, יש מחלוקות ודעות שונות איזה קנינים לעשות, ואם למכור לגוי או דוקא לגויה — in my own, loose ...
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Sources that allow “important women” to be taught/learn Torah?

The Shulchan Aruch (YD 246) codifies the law that women should not be taught the Oral Law. It seems it is also not the best thing to teach even the Written Law, but that if you do, it's not the same ...
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Who gets more rewarded for the Mitzvah of procreation?

The man is obligated in the mitzvah of Pru Urivu (Having children 1 male 1 female) while the woman is not (technically it's a machlokes in the gemara, but we hold of the one that they're not chayav). ...
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Women attending Parshas Parah

According to those opinions that say that Parshas Parah is a Torah obligation, do women have an obligation to attend, or would they be exempt for other reasons?
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Menstrual cups and kashrus

I'm in the process of kashring my kitchen. I almost only eat parve so it's pretty easy, and the kitchen is formally all milchik. However, I can't find any good instructions on how to handle a ...
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Can a woman write a megillah?

I know that a woman can't write a sefer torah. What about Megillat Esther? If a female soferet wrote a Megillah Esther, would it be kosher?
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Pirkei drabbi Eliezer questions [closed]

Pirkay D'rabbi Eliyeser 14.5 Hashem gave the woman nine curses and death: The afflictions of child birth The afflictions of blood of virginity The affliction of pregnancy The affliction of bringing ...
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Help finding a chazal, could be עין יעקב

I was asked to find a chazal that contrasts the Gaava a woman can have with that of a male talmid chochom. I am unclear which way they differentiate, i was told there's something to do with דבורה ...
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Is a woman believed to say she had an affair

if a married woman claims to have committed adultery, but there is no other corroborating evidence (witnesses) is she believed by beit din such that the husband is now forbidden to sleep with her?
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Mekor that bnei t'murah doesn't apply to women- berachot 20a?

I'm trying to recall a source that the issue of bnei t'murah (having thoughts of another while having relations with one's wife) does not apply to women. I saw the related posts but I seem to think I ...
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Do men have more Chochma than women?

I've seen many blogs and other modern day books write that men have more Chochmah than women. Some examples: A man’s forte is chochma, and a woman’s is binah. Kabbalah teaches that men have ...
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Yibum against her will

It says in kesubos that yibum works against her will. So I was wondering if while it works is it assur to do it? Is it considered rape? Damaging her? Chillul Hashem? Violation of treat your friend ...
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First time things other then gold was used as jewelry for woman,

In the Bible I know of gold jewelry for woman But what are the first precious stones, semiprecious stones, or diamonds used as jewelry for woman (I know stones were used for the kohen gadol) I am ...
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Is “Zatzal” applied to women? If not, why not? [duplicate]

I have never seen the term Zatzal, which stands for zecher tzadik l'bracha, and is often applied as a sign of respect to deceased righteous men, applied to a deceased righteous woman. I would like to ...
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Is Shacharit before dawn okay? [duplicate]

If a person is tight on time, is it okay to pray the amidah before dawn if you're a girl?
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Are women allowed to write a commentary on a book of Tanakh in orthodox Judaism?

Miryam was a prophetess, and Deborah was a judge. Are women allowed to teach men or to write a commentary on a book of Tanakh according to halakhah?
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Seven Sons equals Gan Eden?

Is there a source for the idea that a woman who has seven boys in row gets automatic entrance to Gan Eden?
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Why is a Torah written by a woman not considered a kosher Torah?

My question is based on an earlier question in this community: Would a woman be permitted to write a sefer Torah? Quoting one of the answers: This scroll wouldn't fulfill the biblical commandments ...
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Is there a significant group of women who wear pants?

It seems that the issue of a woman wearing pants is a heated one and there are varying opinions as to why it is a problem. Assuming that Beged Ish is not a problem (pants that are specifically made ...
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Women vs. Servants

In. birkas hashachar, men say שלא עשני עבד and שלא עשני אשה. Which halachos are different for an עבד and an אשה. I was thinking laws of taharas hamishpacha and candlelighting. Are there others?
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Would a woman be permitted to write a sefer Torah?

Would a woman be permitted to write a sefer Torah? I understand that it is not done (at least in Orthodox circles), but would doing so violate any halacha? What about the general catch-all of kevod ...
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Are breastfeeding mothers exempt from fasting on Yom Kippur?

If a mother is breastfeeding, is she obligated to fast on days such as yom kippur? If not, is there some traditional/symbolic gesture women practice, for example abstaining from their favorite foods?
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Why is kapparos gender specific while a Korban Chattas for an individual is a female?

There is a Minhag brought in SA OC here to take a chicken on Erev Yom Kippur & perform Kapparos with it. The custom is for a man to take a male chicken while a woman chooses a female chicken to ...
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What is gidul bonim (raising children), and who is responsible for it

A mother has no obligation to educate her children (at least according to some respectable opinions)(Shulchan aruch harav o"h 343.4 אבל אמו אין מצווה עליו כלל בין במצות עשה בין בלא תעשה: and Talmud ...
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Is a female Torah scholar accorded the same honors as a male?

Would a woman who is as learned in Torah as a male Rosh Yeshiva or talmud scholar accorded the same honors such as standing up for them or, in the case of an outstanding scholar reciting the blessing ...
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I don't think I'm Jewish enough [duplicate]

I've seen similar questions to this so apologize for this maybe seeming redundant, but I know that my maternal grandmother is Jewish. My mom isn't in my life however, hence my maternal grandmother's ...
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Does וְאַל-תִּטֹּשׁ, תּוֹרַת אִמֶּךָ invalidate the Mitzvot-Exemption-for-Women: וללמדו תורה אבל לא האם and ותלמוד תורה and פריה ורביה?

How can Shlomo write in Mishlei 1:8b, וְאַל-תִּטֹּשׁ, תּוֹרַת אִמֶּךָ, "don't abandon the Torah of your mother" if the Mitzvah of teaching one's sons - וללמדו תורה אבל לא האם - and learning Torah -...
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Hand waving during candle lighting [duplicate]

There seems to be a ubiquitous minhag for women to wave their arms around when they light candles, let's say for shabbos. I don't mean covering their eyes with their hands I mean waving around in the ...
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Why are women allowed to cut their payot

A BIT OF BACKGROUND I know that in Jewish law there are some ritual requirements, positive duties caused by time, which obligate men but not women. The gemara mentions this idea both in the context ...
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Who was Yalta's father?

In Gittin 67b Yalta is identified by Rashi as the daughter of the Nasi/Exilarch. Since she was married to the 3rd generation Babylonian Amora Rav Nachman (as per brachot 51b) I assume she was born ...
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Halacha that a woman may not speak to her husband in the presence of others

I found this in the Rashi on Ki Seitzei (Deuteronomy 22:16): And the girl’s father shall say [to the elders]: [The father, but not the mother.] This teaches us that a woman is not permitted to ...