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Wearing a birthstone or simply a gemstone as a man

Is a birthstone or any gemstone for that matter kosher for a man to wear (e.g: around the neck) according to the Rabbis or is it prohibited as 'You shall not wear a woman's garment as that is a ...
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Do women need to marry to be fulfilled?

The Talmud says: Rabbi Tanhum stated in the name of Rabbi Hanilai: A man who has no wife lives without joy, without blessing, and without goodness. (Yevamot 62b) Is there a parallel quote anywhere ...
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Are women less generous with guests than men?

Bava Metzia 87a: The verse states: “Make ready quickly three measures of flour, fine flour” (Genesis 18:6). The Gemara questions the apparent redundancy. It is written: “Flour,” and it is also ...
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Do Women Look at Fingers for Havdala?

At least in some communities, women haven't been seen looking at their fingers during havdala for the bracha on fire. (Badei Hashulchan (96:12) – לא ראיתי שנשים יביטו בצפרנים אחר בומ״ה) Is it just me ...
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Was there a tradition that Jewish girls desired to be the mother of the messiah?

Are there any Jewish historical traditions that young Jewish girls often hoped and desired to be the mother of the messiah? For this question, I am interested in the historical time period of the 1st ...
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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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Why did the Rambam poskin that a Woman can’t be a King of Yisrael or Moshiach?

We know that many woman were Prophets, Judges, & Warriors, all qualities necessary to rule, so why did the Rambam determine that a girl cannot become a King or Moshiach? What’s the logic behind ...
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What is the official title for the wife of a Jewish king?

The Rambam in Hilchos Melachim U'Milchamot 1:5 writes: אֵין מַעֲמִידִין אִשָּׁה בְּמַלְכוּת שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים יז טו) "עָלֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ" וְלֹא מַלְכָּה. We may not appoint a woman to the ...
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What is Rambam's source that the Sages issued a command to not teach your daughter Torah?

The Mishnah in Sotah (3:4) states: אם יש לה זכות היתה תולה לה יש זכות תולה שנה אחת יש זכות תולה ב' שנים יש זכות תולה ג' שנים מכאן אומר בן עזאי חייב אדם ללמד את בתו תורה שאם תשתה תדע שהזכות תולה לה ...
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Annulment of women's nedarim

Can vows made by women nowadays still be annulled by father or husband (until sunset of the same day), as described in this week's parshah (mattos), or is this a practice of biblical/talmudic times ...
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What is the prohibition in women attending immodest parties?

Although females are not subject to the same prohibition as men, I am assuming that attending a party in which there are others immodestly dressed should also be a questionable environment for women. ...
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Why were women doing Brit Milah to their sons?

Unintentionally bumped into this verse (Macabbees A) that appears to be historically authentic: והנשים אשר מלו את בניהן הומתו על פי המלך. (And women who circumcised their sons were executed) Do ...
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Is it permitted to learn Torah with one's wife?

Is it permitted to learn Torah with one's wife? And if so, are there any special recommendations for what to study with her? Generally speaking I understand that men don't take women as Chavrutas, ...
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Did Beruriah add to, “Women are light-headed,” to say, “…except Beruriah”?

I'm seeing a couple of secondary sources which suggest, without citing a primary source, that Beruriah may have supplemented her husband's teaching "Women are light-headed", either orally or in ...
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Are women allowed to have an alternative lifestyle haircut?

Is it permissible for a woman have a haircut where they shave half of her hair off and leave the other side of her hair untouched - a style strongly associated with lesbians, bisexuals, transgender ...
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Are women allowed to have a boy short haircut?

According to halacha, are women permitteed to have their hair styled in a man-typical way?
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Women answering “amen” to a bracha over a man's mitzvah [duplicate]

Can/should a woman answer "amen" to a bracha a man makes over a mitzvah specific to men? For example, tzitzis, tefillin, etc.
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Obligation and being included in a minyan

According to this answer, if six men are davening and ten men are present, the six can recite Kaddish and Kedushah. The case discussed is if the other four are not obligated because they already ...
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What is meant by “congregational honor” regarding disallowing women reading the Torah publically?

The Talmud Bavli (Megillah 23a) says that while, if a woman read from the Torah it counts towards the required 7 aliyot, the chachamim disallowed it because of kavod hatzibbur - the respect for the ...
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Why use a gendered MiShebeirach for sick people?

During leining, many synagogues have someone recite a prayer on behalf of sick people. The version I grew up with was for cholim (males) with the language including a reference to רמ"ח איבריו ושס"ה ...
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May a woman be a Ba'alat Kriah (Torah reader) if no men know how? [duplicate]

I am a bit unclear regarding the full applications of kavod hatzibbur as it regards women being involved in certain aspects of prayer. I gather that one application of this rule disallows women from ...
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Why the lack of hesitance to wear pads on the sabbath?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 301:13, and commentaries state that if a woman wears something only in order that her clothes don't get dirty from her menstrual blood, then that thing is not considered ...
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Do women have to have long hair according to Jewish law?

Does it say anywhere in the Oral Torah that women have to have long hair?
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Women-only Kabbalat Shabbat

Does anyone know how women-only Kabbalat Shabbat prayer came about? I have only come across it in newspapers from about the late 2000s in some United Synagogues. Have there been cases way before this? ...
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Permissibility Of Unneeded Hysterectomy

Is it halachically ok for a woman have a hysterectomy if there is no medical need? If not, is it permissible as a form of contraceptive?
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Women standing for their husbands when called up for an Aliyah

I have noticed women in several sefardic communities to stand while their husbands are called up to the synagogue. Yalkut Yosef in Hilkhot Shavuot brings down the halakha of a child or a student ...
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What Torah verses (and Talmudic chapters) provide the basis for banning women rabbis? [duplicate]

I am trying to find the logical basis for why women cannot be Rabbis in most Orthodox communities. Some people seem to pin it on "Tziut" but there doesn't seem to be a clear biblical basis for that ...
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Women's prayer books in Yiddish/English

Does anyone know of a good siddur/prayer book designed for women that is in Yiddish and English?
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Historically, were women trained for obligatory wars? Or did they serve some other military function?

Sotah 8:7 says that for obligatory wars all go out to fight, "even a bridegroom from his chamber and a bride from her canopy". Historically, was this in fact our practice? Did women participate in ...
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Why verbally hurting one's wife is found in Choshen Mishpat?

צריך ליזהר באונאת אשתו לפי שדמעתה מצויה:‏ (C"M 228) I understand that the whole chapter is about fraud (הונאה) and לשון נופלת על לשון, but the question is: Does the fact that haMechaber listed ...
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Who are “the women who twist yarn by the moon”?

Sotah 6:1 talks about when a man who hears about his wife violating his warning divorces her rather than invoking the sotah test: Someone who warned his wife [against being secluded with a certain ...
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Is there anything in the Tanakh or Talmud about co-wives helping raise the child of other co-wives upon widowhood (or absence of husband)?

I just met an Israeli woman, who said that she became a widow when her first and only child was five years old. She said that if it wasn't for her husband having more than one wife, with whom she ...
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Have there ever been women prophetesses in the history of Judaism? [duplicate]

Male prophets are well known - people like Ezekiel and Jeremiah. Who are the women that are normally considered prophets in Judaism and where is the best place to learn about them?
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Kaddish: Men Before Women

Someone recently told me the Chida writes someone saying kaddish for a father has precedence before someone saying kaddish for a mother. Where is this Chida and what is the reasoning?
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Why does Tanach specifically describe these women as “beautiful”?

Companion question to Why does Tanac"h specifically describe these males as "beautiul"? Off the top of my head, the pesukim describe the following women as being beautiful: Sarah (...
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Women and Oral Law

I see that there are numerous poskim who permit women learning the Written Torah, but not the Oral Torah. What I don't understand is that you can't understand the Written Torah without the Oral Law, ...
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Why isn't there a Shalom Zachor equivalent for newborn girls?

The Rama in Yoreh Deah 265:12 brings the custom for a Shalom Zachor: עוד נהגו לעשות סעודה ומשתה בליל שבת לאחר שנולד זכר נכנסים אצל התינוק לטעום שם והוא ג"כ סעודת מצוה It is customary to make a ...
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Whose head covering takes precedence: mine or my wife's?

Suppose there's a hypothetical scenario where there's only one head covering available (e.g. a baseball hat) — should I wear it or should my wife? Whose head covering would take precedence and why?
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Is a contraceptive diaphragm considered to be a chatzizah for mikvah immersion?

In comparison with many intrauterine contraceptives, the diaphragm is "readily removable" by the female user between uses. Would an inserted diaphragm be considered a chatzizah for mikvah immersion? ...
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Can women in niddah dance and hold a sefer Torah on Simkhat Torah?

Is there any opinion that allows women in niddah to dance holding the sefer Torah on Simkhat Torah?
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Severity of covering the hair for women

I've heard Rabbi Yaron Reuben saying women who do not wear kisui rosh (putting the dispute of wigs as an exception), are like a woman who sinned before her husband. The Rabbi said that the kohen used ...
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Gender transition and divorce [duplicate]

If a married woman undergoes gender reassignment surgery(warning: explicit language is used) and hormonal treatments to become a male how would a halachic divorce be performed? Would one even be ...
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Why is it called Seder Nashim?

Why is Seder Nashim called Seder Nashim? The mitzvos discussed do apply to women (except for some tangents like the 7th chapter of Sotah), but so do: The overwhelming majority of Zeraim (everything ...
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Can a woman be a Nazir?

We know that a man can be a nazir- is it also possible that a woman can be a nazir?
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Humming or whistling being Kol Isha

I've heard various opinions from lay-people if a woman's whistling and/or humming a tune are considered kol isha, which a man shouldn't listen to, and something women should be considerate of. I ...
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May a woman tie tzitzit to be worn by a man?

Would tzitzit be kosher if tied by a woman? A woman may not wear tzitzit. Would there be a halachic problem with a woman knotting the tzitzit on a garment to be worn by a man? What are the relevant ...
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Women and the 248 words in Shema

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 61:3) brings from the Zohar that there are 245 words in the three paragraphs of the Shema that we say. Since there are 248 limbs in a person's body, the SA and the Rema provide ...
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Are Noahide women permitted to undergo a tubal ligation?

Shalom! I am a non Jewish G-d fearing woman with two children and even though I am still quite young (24) I don't want to have any more children. I have severe depression and anxiety so the two I ...
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Which is the “miracle of Channukah”?

I have seen questions and discussions which argue whether the miracle of Channukah was the military victory (rabim b'yad me'atim) or the finding/lasting of the pure oil. However, it seems that neither ...