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May women read the haftarah

The accepted orthodox Halacha is that women do not read from the weekly Torah portion publicly, and this is found in tractate Megillah 23a. My question is, would it be permissible for a woman to read ...
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Yibbum with an incompetent woman

According to Halacha, are Jewish men obligated to do Yibbum with their widowed sister in law if she is mentally incompetent (the equivalent of a deaf mute)? Or no, since she is not competent to ...
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Kol Isha during mixed gender singing

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a man to listen to a woman and man (or multiple men and women) singing at the same time, on the principle the men’s voice would override kol Isha? Or would ...
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Can men have women shave their peyot/beard

According to Halacha, 2 of the three negative commandments that don’t apply to women are shaving Peyot and shaving the corners of beards. My question is, is it permissible for a Jewish man to ask a ...
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Egg donation from a mamzer

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a Jewish woman who is a Mamzer to donate her eggs to help a non-Mamzer Jewish woman become fertile? Or no, because Mamzerim are prohibited from “entering ...
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Is makeup generally tzanua on women

According to Halacha, are there any issues of tzniut for a woman to wear certain types of makeup? In general, I see it is accepted in the Frum world, but are there any types of makeup that could be ...
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Are women obligated in the positive commandment of remission on Shemitta?

According to Halacha, Jews are supposed to remit the debts of other Jews every 7 years during the Shemitta year, which has a positive commandment and a negative commandment (aseh sheba and lav sheba). ...
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Does a woman have to dress tzniut in front of other women

According to Halacha, is there a requirement for a woman to dress tzniut around other women (with no men present)? Or, since there are no men around, is she permitted to dress in what would otherwise ...
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Are women obligated to recite hallel on certain holidays

According to Halacha, a woman is exempt from certain time bound mitzvot. My question is, are women obligated to recite Hallel on certain Jewish holidays, or since it is time bound to those days are ...
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Can a husband or father object to a woman becoming a Nazir

According to Halacha, a husband or a father have a right to object to their wife or daughter (if their daughter is still under their father’s authority) taking a vow. My question is, does this apply ...
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Are women obligated in kiddush on Yom tov

Women, despite being exempt from certain time bound positive commandments, are obligated to make kiddush on Shabbat. My question is, are women also obligated to make kiddush on Yom Tov or no? And ...
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Tzitzit and women

According to Halacha, women are exempt from being obligated to perform positive, time bound, commandments. My question is, since Tzitzit aren’t time bound but only required if one is going to wear a ...
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Are body piercings ok for a Jewish woman to get? [duplicate]

My S/O wants to get a piercing just so she feels good about herself. We got into a small argument 15 minutes ago as I told her not to and shouldn't, and she started getting a bit defensive saying that ...
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Is there a problem with gender pay discrimination

Inspired by this question I am curious if there is any issue in Halacha or anything else with paying (Jewish) women less than (Jewish) men or vice versa? Since there is a mitzvah to do business with ...
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Can 3 women do dream rectification

According to the Shulchan Aruch OC 220:1 when one has a dream which makes them anxious, they can have 3 people rectify it. My question is, can this be done by 3 women?
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How far behind a woman can a man walk?

The gemara in Pesachim (iirc perek 10 or so) says it is forbidden to walk behind a woman on the street, to avoid unwanted thoughts. Behind is quite loose - is there a "safe distance"? What ...
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Bat mitzvah - I'm female aged 50. Never been taught or had a bat mitzvah

Are any immersion courses available for someone that never had a bat mitzvah...and at age 50 is this feasible?
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First-person grammatical changes in tefillah [duplicate]

Someone mentioned to me the idea that women should be saying "Modah ani" in the morning instead of "Modeh ani," which, grammatically speaking, makes sense. I've never seen any ...
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What do women who normally abstain from drinking havdalah wine drink do when the Seder falls out after Shabbat?

There is a widespread custom that women do not drink from the wine used in the havdalah ceremony. When the seder falls out on motzei shabbat havdalah is incorporated into the kiddush, which women are ...
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Can a court retroactively annul a vow that was already annulled by the father/husband?

If a woman made a vow and violated it, and it was later annulled by her father/husband, can the court now annul the vow retroactively if it finds an opening, thereby exempting her from being liable?
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Seeking Sources on the Russian Decree Regarding Jewish Dress Code

I am currently studying the later version of the Sefer “Daas Moshe VYisroel” and came across an interesting point in Rabbi Binyomin Rabinowitz's approbation letter. It states: "הנה מנהג חבישת פאה ...
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Why can’t a lady blow Shofar for a man?

If the Mitzvah is to hear the sound of the Shofar - not to blow it - then why can’t a man fulfill his obligation by hearing from a lady’s blowing, if the דין שומע כעונה doesn’t apply here?
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Woman blowing shofar vs. hearing from a man?

If a woman knows how to blow shofar, is there any more mitzvah in her hearing it from a man vs. doing it herself? (Is it different that the mitzvah is lishmoa vs. al tekias?)
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Shmiras eineiyim for women [duplicate]

Is there any issue for women looking at men. Are there any halochus that apply only to women and not to men?
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Can a woman take a spoon with her to the mikvah?

If a woman is going to the mikvah for herself and has a utensil that also has to be dipped in the mikvah, is there any halachic or public policy reason she can't take it with her? Possible reasons I ...
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Men and women swimming together [duplicate]

Is there any issue with men and women swimming togther in the same swimming pool if all people are covered properly with coverups and married womens hair is covered etc? If its not allowed what are ...
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Why does Hizkiya say that old men are a burden while old women are an asset, and would this apply today?

The Gemara in Arakhin 19a quotes Hizkiya, who explains why the value of a man decreases more with age than a woman's value decreases: אמר חזקיה אמרי אינשי סבא בביתא פאחא בביתא סבתא בביתא סימא בביתא ...
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Can pregnant women look at animals? [duplicate]

Ive heard that pregnant women should not look at animals. What is the inyan behind pregnant women not looking at animals?
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Does the Torah prohibit men from shaking women hands? [duplicate]

My friend is devoutly Jewish and when he met my family, he shaked hands with all members of my family, accept for my mother and sister, claiming that both Judaism and the Torah prohibit men from ...
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Source(s) that Rashi's daughters gave shiur in gemara to men, from behind a mehitza or curtain?

Rabbi Breitowitz says so in a shiur here, starting at 1:19:40, https://podcasts.ohr.edu/episode/60 He says "It is brought down in some mekoros..." Anyone know the mekoros?
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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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Male and Female duties and responsibilities [closed]

The Torah indeed outlines distinct roles and responsibilities for men and women. However, the concept of "bitul Torah" traditionally pertains primarily to men. In my understanding, this ...
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Who were the virgins in mishnah shekalim

Who were the virgins in Mishnah Shekalim 8:5 who sowed the veil? There are other mentions in 2 Maccabees about virgins.
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Does a woman need to appoint a shomer when eating a meal or working before mincha?

Halacha says that once the time for Mincha arrives, unless one appoints a Shomer, one may not sit down to eat a meal or get initially involved in certain forms of work lest he forget to Daven. Would ...
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Wives of the Shevatim

Do any midrashim etc detail the names and background of each the wives of the sons of Jacob? I know the book of Jubilees does, but that is not considered 'canonical'. Besides that, I only know of the ...
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Where can I learn about Serach bat Asher?

Looking for any books on the topic that go into all the aspects to her. Thanks.
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'Plonis' in Poskim on Nedarim 20

This page on Nedarim 20 is discussing the stringency of a husband avoiding thinking of other women during sex. https://dafyomi.co.il/nedarim/halachah/nd-hl-020.htm When it comes to the Poskim ...
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Women behind the kohanim during birchas kohanim

The halacha is during birchas kohanim you can not be behind the kohenim. Does anyone know if this does or does not apply to women in the ezras nashim in a situation where part of the ezras nashim is ...
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Anyone have an English Translation of Abarbanel on Bereishis 1:27?

Anyone know of an English translation available of the Abarbanel's commentary on Perek 1, Passuk 27 of Bereishis?
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Does difference in population of men and women create problems?

How does Judaism view the sexual demography of the world in terms of that principle that each one must seek a partner in order not to feel alone as determined by God in Genesis? I know that various ...
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Four counted as dead & Agunot

Nedarim 64b relates of the Gemara: "it was taught in a baraita: Four are considered as if they were dead: A pauper, and a leper, and a blind person, and one who has no children." Could one ...
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כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה

The Chasam sofer in his commentary to Maseches Shabbos, writes that although the Gemara clearly states that women are obligated to light נר חנוכה, but due to modesty concerns כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה (...
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Is it permissible to listen to a woman speaking over a song if that is part of the song?

Consider this following song, Presence of Mind by Dynazty (I have marked it to the point relevant to my question). At this point, a male speaks over the song, and these are part of the song's lyrics. ...
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Can a Yefat Toar be taken from nations who are ineligible for marriage?

My understanding is that a Yefat Toar (Devarim 21:10-14) is forcibly converted and can be married. The Torah prohibits marrying people from certain nations such as Egypt and Edom for a number of ...
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Are men allowed to refer to another man's wife by her first name?

I heard a halacha a long time ago that men are not allowed to use the first name of a married woman who is not their wife. The suggestion I heard was to refer to her as Mrs. So-and-so. Does anyone ...
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Someone recommended me a modern, not sure if kosher, book. Now I can't find it. What is the book called and is it kosher?

Sorry if this is off topic but I am trying to find out about this book and needed a highly literate forum to ask. I didn't write down the title but off memory I thought it was called Kedushot u ...
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Who is Matrona which asked Reb Yossi many questions?

The Medrash in last week Parsha says מטרונא שאלה את רבי יוסי בן חלפתא אמרה ליה למה יצא עשו תחלה if we search for Reb Yossi with maternya there are a number of questions which she asked. Jastrow says ...
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Male / Female Nature

It appears to be assumed by many Orthodox Jews that men and women have different “natures”. Here, the definition of nature would be inherent character differences, personality differences, and other ...
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Mitzvot shanah rishonah mechilah

Could a wife be mochel the chiyuv of the husband with regards to the mitzvah of shanah rishonah
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Are there any sources where the phrase מְלַמְּדֵי תִינוֹקוֹת as used in Bava Basra, is interpreted to include female teachers of girls?

Would love examples of sources, the older the better, interpreting this phrase as potentially including female teachers of female students. My understanding is that the Gemara is discussing men ...
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