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May a woman eat on the street?

According to Kiddushin 40b, one who eats on the street cannot serve as a witness. Since women anyway cannot serve as witness, is it allowed for them to eat on the street? Is there some discussion ...
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Rape perpetrated by an adult male towards a girl under three years of age: halachic framework

In his Mishneh Torah -Issurei Biah 1:13, Rambam states that if a male copulates with a girl under the age of three,also the male,even if he was an adult, is exempt from liability, for the act is not ...
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Rambam's Mishneh Torah - Is a female pure after relations with a minor/gentile/animal?

In Rambam's Mishneh Torah, She'ar Avot haTum'ah, 5:19, it is written: "גְּדוֹלָה שֶׁשָּׁכַב אוֹתָהּ קָטָן פָּחוֹת מִבֶּן תֵּשַׁע [אוֹ עַכּוּ''ם אוֹ בְּהֵמָה] הֲרֵי זוֹ טְהוֹרָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר [(...
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Can women bathe or dress in front of other women?

I recently asked if Noah's condemnation of his son seeing his ervah implies that men should hide ervah even from other male relatives: Should men hide ervah from other men according to Bereishith 9? ...
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Halachic reasons why a woman should not give a d'var torah before Musaf?

In a shul with which I am familiar, the established custom has long been that the Rabbi gives a d'var torah before Shabbat Musaf. On the rare occasions when the Rabbi is out of town, he will invite a ...
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Should a married woman nullify chametz too?

Rav Shimon Eider in the Halachos of Pesach (IX:C:5) says: "Some Poskim hold that a married woman should nullify personal chometz." However, in footnote 70 Rabbi Eider writes this isn't found ...
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Is a woman wearing a T-shirt guilty exposing erva [duplicate]

What do halachic sources say about women wearing T-shirts? Since T-shirts typically have short sleeves, would this prevent a woman from wearing them? Also, would the neckline of most T-shirts be ...
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Book on observance for woman

Do I understand it correctly that a woman in Orthodox Judaism has different set of rules for observance? E.g. women don’t follow all the same mitzvot, don’t recite the same blessings every day as men ...
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Would the kohen place his hands under a woman's hand when she brought bikkurim?

In Devarim 26 and tractate Bikkurim it describes the bikkurim ritual including the fact that the kohen would place his hands under the hands of the person bringing the bikkurim during the waving of ...
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Importance of mentioning "woman; saving; her husband" in a street fight

@Shalom had summarized the two halachic approaches to learning the verse: "If two men get into a fight with each other, and the wife of one comes up to save her husband from his antagonist and ...
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Mamzer from a rape [duplicate]

During the pogroms a married Jewish woman is raped by a Cossack. Is the child born of this rape a Mamzer? Does the intercourse of a married Jewish woman with a non-Jew have to be consensual for the ...
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Is anything else known about King Ahab's sister, who according to the medrish was a Judean queen?

In I Kings 16:22, Rashi quotes Seder Olam that King Asa, the righteous king of Judea, married his son Yehoshafat (also a good guy) to the daughter of the not-so-righteous King Omri of North Israel. Of ...
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Which rabbis say that women were not created in the divine image? [closed]

Some scholars (I can identify them privately if anyone wishes to know who they are) insist that the rabbis deny women creation in the divine image. After much searching, I have only found two rabbis ...
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Yaavetz regarding the story with Yehudis not happening on Chanuka

Rabbi Yaakov Emden writes in his מור וקציעה seen here, in last paragraph of the second column, that the story of Yehudis had nothing to do with Chanuka and actually happened during the first exile. ...
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Womens' Yartzheits

There are plenty of resources that list yartzheits of famous tzaddikim. There have been plenty of famous women of note throughout the ages. Is there anywhere I can find a list of yartzheits of famous ...
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Walking behind a woman if you can't see her

The gemara in עירובין יח has a very interesting discussion, it wants to know according to the מ"ד that אדם and חוה were created together back-to-back שני פרצופים, who walked first (i.e. which ...
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Does G-d equate women to objects?

In Exodus 20:14 it reads: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house: you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife...or his ox or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s Does G-d equate women to ...
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Is it genevat daat for a Noachide to have relations with a gentile woman without commitment if you met her in a place where people normally hookup?

In other words, does a man have to disclose his intentions before hooking up with a girl if they met in a place where it is assumed that people meet to hookup except she may be ignorant of that and ...
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Position on young women working

Are unmarried Jewish women allowed to work? (Volunteer or not volunteer, paid or unpaid) Why or why not? Please provide your sources accordingly. Please also provide which sects (if they are multiple ...
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Can a man nullify a woman's vow that was made before she became his wife upon hearing it?

In Bemidbar/Numbers 30 a man is allowed to cancel his wife's (and daughter's) vow after it comes to his attention. If the woman made the vow previously (in her father's house or from a previous ...
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What or how much did a woman own within the household during Ancient Israel?

In Shemoth/Exodus 21:10 it states: If he marries another wife, her [the first wife's] food, her clothing, and her conjugal rights, shall he not diminish. אִם-אַחֶרֶת, יִקַּח-לוֹ--שְׁאֵרָהּ כְּסוּתָהּ ...
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What does “tranquil women” mean here?

In the amazing letter written by the Vilna Gaon, he writes: ⁦But the main way to merit Olam Haba is by guarding one's tongue. That is worth more than all the Torah and good deeds. This is the meaning ...
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When Pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, should women make Havdallah?

Although there are numerous customs, some have the custom that all present at the Seder - including women - recite Kiddush together. On a year such as this, where pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, what ...
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Were women learning Torah before Sarah Schenirer?

As many know, Sarah Schenirer started a movement that influenced learning for women, and the Bais Yaakov system we all know of today. Even though learning Torah Shel Ba'al Peh was heavily discouraged ...
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Why is it that you are not allowed to be intimate with your wife during niddah, but you are allowed to eat food prepared by a niddah?

I understand the basis from Leviticus for prohibiting intimacy during the niddah period. The answers to this question say that there is no issue with eating food cooked by a Niddah because "even ...
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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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How Do Modern Orthodox Women Typically Dress?

I am currently studying to convert (as you can tell I still have quite a ways to go but I will get there eventually) and, for awhile I was set on conservative but, recently, I've been quite ...
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Looking for Avot deRabbi Natan B ch 9 & 42 *in English*

I'm translating an essay from French into English, and the author references Avot deRabbi Nathan version B twice. One quote is from chapter 9. The other is cited as being from chapter 42 and ...
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The woman who killed King Avimelekh

The Book of Judges relates how Avimelekh, the son of Gideon rose to power and made himself a king by killing his seventy brothers. His eventual fate came, when he sieged Teiveitz and wanted to take a ...
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How many time-bound positive mitzvot are women obligated in?

Women are generally not obligated in positive mitzvot bound by time. There are some exceptions, such as eating matzah on Pesach and making kiddush on Shabbat. What other time-bound positive mitzvot ...
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When is a wife categorized as a moredet?

I understand there are two main reasons that a wife would be categorized as a moredet She refused to be intimate with her husband to cause him distress She refuses to be intimate with her husband ...
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What is the punishment for a Jewish woman who sleeps with a gentile (Non Jewish man)? Is the man and woman both punished?

To my understanding the woman may receive lashes but what is the offense for the man? Sources please. And are they punished? Yes I am talking about an unmarried woman
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Why does the Torah say a woman has "sperm" or "seed"?

Why does the Torah say a woman has "sperm" or "seed" (for example, Genesis 24:60, and in other passages)? And they blessed Rebecca and said to her, "Our sister, may you ...
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The Maharam Schick being melamed zechus on all formal greetings to a woman

According to this page https://shulchanaruchharav.com/halacha/extending-greetings-to-a-woman/ "see Maharam Shick E.H. 53 that is Mailameid Zechus on all forms of greetings of formality." ...
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Where in the Tanakh is it derived that females are to cover their heads when praying?

Where in the Tanakh is it extrapolated that females are to cover their heads or hair when praying or reciting the name of HaShem? I form this question upon reading the following: Women and girls ...
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Is a man allowed to say a bracha for a woman if it is a mitzvat aseh shehazman grama and he has already fulfilled his mitzvah?

The Rama in Orach Chaim 589:6 states that a man may not say a bracha on the shofar for women who have not yet heard it, if he has already fulfilled his obligation. Why wouldn't the concept of arvut ...
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Why does the Torah not make more concessions to the evil inclination?

The Torah says: When you take ... your enemies ... captive, and you see among them a woman of beautiful form, and you desire her, you may take her to yourself as a wife. [Deuteronomy 21:11] But the ...
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Where in the Tanakh is the subject of head-covering or hair-covering for females taught or hinted?

Where in the Tanakh is the subject of head-covering or hair-covering for females taught or hinted? (I have researched MiYodeya and the similar questions or answers are based on non-Tanakh passages. I ...
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How could anyone think Rashi's daughters wore Tefillin?

There is a widely-held theory that Rashi's daughters wore Tefillin. Rashi here seems to say there is a Bal Tosif (prohibition to add on a commandment) if a women does a Mitzvat Aseh Shehazman Grama (...
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bran in the bathhouse for use as a cleanser

In Mishna Pesahim (2:7) MISHNA: A woman may not soak coarse bran to bring by hand to the bathhouse for use as a cleanser; however, she may rub coarse bran on her dry skin. Where can we find ...
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Gendered text for Gomel

related to Bentching Ha-Gommel after a Birth Do women bentch gomel less often? According to some opinions, a woman can say the thanksgiving blessing ("bentch gomel") The text that one says ...
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How could Abba Ḥilkiyya do that?

In the Gemara in Berochos daf 61 it says that one may not walk behind ones wife. So how is it that Abba Ḥilkiyya in Tananis daf 23 went after his wife into the house, even if he didn't want to check ...
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G-D’ Instructions: Why didn’t G-D teach the ancient Israelites to have more respect for women? [closed]

Why didn’t G-D teach the ancient Israelites to have more respect for women. HE never reproached men for have multiple wives and concubines. He never reproached people for giving their children away to ...
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Why no women beards? [closed]

Since the Zohar (1:205b) explains everything in the physical world mirrors everything in the spiritual world, what is the Torah reason why the Creator didn't have women grow beards too? (I can't ...
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Ben Ish Chai against taking photos of females?

I heard that the Ben Ish Chai was very against having women in photos, so much so that a woman would even be taken out of Gan Eden a hundred years after her photo was taken if someone looks at it. Is ...
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Is it acceptable to ask in reverent prayer for a BOAZ to come into one’s life? [closed]

Is it acceptable for a widow to ask in reverent prayer for a BOAZ to come into her life?
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How was the concubine of givah killed

What killed the concubine of givah. What is the natural explanation. It does not seem natural that mass rape can kill someone overnight. Source please
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Source for women being on higher spiritual level?

What is the source for the concept that women are on a higher spiritual level to start than men?
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What is the antidote for a woman's yetzer hara?

The Gemora in Kiddushin 30b says כך הקב"ה אמר להם לישראל בני בראתי יצר הרע ובראתי לו תורה תבלין ואם אתם עוסקים בתורה אין אתם נמסרים בידו So said Hashem to Israel, "My children, I created the ...
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Who exactly is the "kedesha" according to Rambam's interpretation?

I am an Italian noahide. My question expresses a purely intellectual curiosity, concerning the Jews and not the Gentiles. I cannot understand what is the exact definition of "kedesha" by Rambam , as ...
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