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Yibum against her will

It says in Yevamos 53b among other places that Yibbum (levirate marriage to the wife of one's brother when a brother died childless) works against her will. So I was wondering if while it works is it ...
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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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How was Devorah appointed a judge?

Although there is already a question on how judges were appointed during the period after the First Temple was built, that question did not cover the period of the Judges, following the time of Joshua....
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Are women explicitly forbidden from handling and reading the Torah?

I am interested to know, despite the "political agendas" involved, if the "women of the wall" are in breach of halacha and if so, which one(s). As a part of that, I ask: Are women explicitly forbidden ...
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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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“Boel Aramis”: analogue for a woman?

We know that if a man has relations with a non-Jewess, the halacha is A zealot may kill him in the act (Sanhedrin 82a). Both R' Schneersohn (the last one -- in Sichos) and R' Tzadok haCohen miLublin (...
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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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Source that a woman is considered to have a bris milah

I recall learning, I think in mesechtas kiddushin, that a woman is the (halachic?) equivalent of a man who has had a bris milah performed. In other words, since she does not have the same organ she is ...
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Are women allowed to drive?

Prompted by this article is there any basis for not allowing woman to drive? Can this practice even be termed a 'minhag'? If so, what is the motivation behind this 'tradition'? As quoted from the ...
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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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Why do minhagim follow the father?

Why does a family adopt its father's minhagim, not mother's? What is the scriptural source for this (or Talmudic)? Why does the wife take on her husbands minhagim and not vice versa? Is this ...
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Do spirits/souls have genders?

Bodies have genders (physical anatomy and genetics) and the brain has a gender (gender identity), but do the spirits/souls or our heavenly bodies have genders as well? Similar: Do we retain our ...
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Can Moshiach be a woman?

Is there any statement by chazal or the poskim which precludes Moshiach from being a woman?
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Men making Kiddush (Shabbos day) for women after eating at shul

Women and men are both equally chayiv in kiddush, at least on shabbos. Additionally there is a commonly known rule that a non obligated person (or obligated on a lower level) cannot fulfill a mitzvah ...
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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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May a woman be a kvater?

May a woman serve as the sole kvater (person who brings the baby to the sandek) at a bris? At most britot I've been to, the duty of kvater was handled by a woman and a man (typically married), with ...
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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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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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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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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-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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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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Can a woman uncover her hair for the sake of employment?

I am aware of many poseqim who hold that in order to get and hold a job, it is permissible for men to remove their kippoth during the interview and their workday. Can a woman who badly needs ...
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Are women allowed to have an alternative lifestyle haircut? [duplicate]

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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Definition of mini-skirt in Yabia Omer YD 6:14

In Yabia Omer YD 6:14, Rav Ovadia Yosef ruled that it is preferable for a woman to wear women's pants than to wear a "mini-skirt" (חצאית-מיני). He writes that a full skirt is preferable to both. In ...
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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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Help finding a chazal, could be עין יעקב

I was asked to find a maamar Chazal that contrasts the Gaava (haughtiness) a woman can have with that of a male talmid chochom. I am unclear which way they differentiate, i was told there's something ...
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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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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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Drawing breasts

Is it an avierah to draw women with their breasts exposed? I have seen paintings by European artists that depict biblical women with their breasts exposed and wondered: if a Jew were to do this, would ...
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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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Should women stay up Shavuos night?

Should females remain awake the night of Shavuos? (sources please)
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When can a wife use the money she owns or earns without her husband's permission?

Normally, the money that comes to a woman before and during her marriage, she uses to buy land which belongs to her, but the husband has the rights to eat (own) their fruits (dividends​), this is ...
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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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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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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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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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How many times do women say Kaddish in shul?

If only a woman in the shul is saying Kaddish, does she say it once or every time that the siddur says Kaddish yasom (the Kaddish for mourners)? From this answer, I see that it is permitted for her ...
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What's the deal with female Rabbis?

1) Is there a concrete halachic (Biblical?Rabbinic?) basis for women not being permitted to become Rabbis? 2) After 2000+ years, what changed so the JTS's Commission in 1979 decided that they can? ...
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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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Are high heels immodest?

If a woman wears high heels, is that considered immodest (according to halachic jewish standards)--assuming everything else she's wearing is within the guidelines of the halachot of tzniut?
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Women and writing a Mezuzah

Can a women write a Mezuzah?
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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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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 ...
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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 ...