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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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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 ...
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Does a sotah warning from a couples first marriage carry into their second marriage?

If a husband warns his wife not to be secluded with a certain man ("sotah warning") and subsequently divorces and remarries the same woman does the initial sotah warning carry over into the second ...
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Where are women quoted in the Talmud? [closed]

On Eruvin 65A, the daughter of Rav Chisda is quoted, talking to her father. I am seeking a compilation or list of places in the Talmud that a woman is quoted.
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Why add pain and travail to the birthing process?

After Adam and Chava went against the Will of HaShem, HaShem seems to give them some reprocussions for their deeds. But why was it that HaShem said to Chava: 'I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy ...
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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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May a man eat meat if attending the siyum of a woman?

The Rema on the Shulchan Aruch states that if one partakes of a seudat mitzvah such as a siyum then a person may eat meat or drink wine during the nine days. I would like to know if any poskim speak ...
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Touching a niddah other than one's wife

I am very confused. I had thought that the idea that a Jewish man may not touch a niddah, any niddah, except for perhaps his first-degree relatives, was basic information. Now, someone very ...
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Females serving at the entrance of the tent of meeting?

Shemot/Exodus 38:8 is speaking of woman serving or assembling at the tent of meeting. Who were these women, and what did they do there?
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why the rapist is not obligated to marry when the girl was older then 12 and a half years old

Rambam Naarah Betulah Chapter One Halacha 3 ...When, however, a woman who is raped or her father do not desire that she marry the rapist, they have that prerogative. [In such an instance,] he must ...
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Women caused the moon to shrink and kiddush levana [duplicate]

Regarding women saying Kiddush Levana, the Mishnah Berurah Siman 426 סק"א, quoting the Shlah, writes: ונשים פטורות מלקדש הלבנה דהוי מ"ע שהזמן גרמא ואף דכל מ"ע שהזמן גרמא נוהגות הנשים שמקיימות ...
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Can a woman lead davening/bentching in a family setting?

Can a woman lead davening or bentching (zimmun) if all the people present are her immediate family? Or is it assur? I understand that it would for sure be assur if the people were not her family. As ...
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Would Levite girls be able to sing in the temple?

I assume the halacha that the voice of a woman is like nakedness only applies to girls over the age of bat mitzva, if so would Levite girls younger than that age have been able to participate in the ...
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Why is long tichel immodest?

I remember hearing from a rabbi and other sources about very long tichel being not tznooyah. What are the sources for this?
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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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Can an Orthodox frum woman who keeps tziniut ride a motorcycle?

Can an Orthodox frum woman who keeps tziniut ride a motorcycle? If yes, then what type of clothes should she wear to keep her tzniut (knees covered with skirt).
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Are there descriptions of angels as female?

Are there any examples in tanach, talmud or midreshay chazal of an angel(s) who are described specifically as being female?
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Are Tallis and Tefillin considered beged ish?

Given that Tallis and Tefillin are mitzvos given primarily to men (Kiddushin 29b), is there a beged ish issue with women wearing them? If there is, would we apply the rule of Asi Asei v'dachi Lo Sa'...
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Can a male rabbi teach Torah lessons to a woman?

Assuming all laws of yichud are complied with, are there additional concerns arising from a male rabbi teaching Torah classes to a female student? Does the answer to 1 differ if they are both married,...
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Does Judaism consider women inferior?

According to Orthodox Judaism, women may not be rabbis, be counted as part of a minyan, leyn from the Torah, or study the Talmud. It even says that to teach a woman Torah is to teach her obscenity!(...
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Can a female convert hold a position of communal authority over women?

"A convert may not hold a position of Jewish communal authority." (Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Melachim 1:4) In light of the Rambam above and the answers here, which discuss the prohibition on ...
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Should Jewish men be courteous to women in public?

I always heard that it is not modest to publicly be courteous to woman (if a Jewish woman needs help you should help her, but if she does not, just you are holding the door for her or giving her the ...
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Does a woman have to say 100 brachot a day?

My rav says a woman has the obligation to recite a hundred benedictions a day. Is this the view of the majority of poskim? What are the reasons? The following are footnotes from halachapedia: (Women ...
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Source of “Nashim Datan Kala”

What is the source for "Nashim Datan Kala"? I know it is applied in rules of Yichud (see Kidushin 80b) and (probably) to prevent women from learning Gemara (see Rambam Talmud Torah 13,1)
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In Judaism is there an idea that women are more grounded

Does Judaism see Jewish woman as more down to earth, regarding money (their support) more in a more physical way then men (the supporters), clearing about their support more then religious questions? ...
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Why is “Siddur Korban Mincha” a good name for a siddur for women?

I have recently found amongst several old siddurim and machzorim in my father's books a siddur korban mincha. Thanks to the folks in chat (link to the chat) who were able to help me identify what this ...
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Where in the Gemara does it say a woman never forgets her first

Where in the gemara does it say a woman never forgets the first man she was ever with intimately? This is something I have recently heard. Is this referring to all women or just specific cases?
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Visiting the prophet on Shabbat and Rosh Hodesh

Radak commentary on II Kings 4:23 explains that it was common for women to visit the prophet on Shabbat and Rosh Hodesh. Questions: When did this custom begin? The question that the husband asks the ...
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What goes on in an Orthodox Women's Rosh Chodesh celebration?

I am vaguely aware that in some Orthodox communities, there are Women's Rosh Chodesh celebrations. As I do not live in such a community (and in any case am not a woman), I don't really have any idea ...
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Where did Shem's, Ham's and Japeth's wives come from?

I can't find any information regarding the ancestry line of Noah's sons' respective wives. From whom did they descend?
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Male photographers/videographers on the women's side at a simcha

Ordinarily, Jewish women would be expected not to dance or sing with men looking on, or even present in the same area. However, at every Jewish wedding I have been to, there has been at least one male ...
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Woman wearing modest swim clothing [duplicate]

Does a woman going swimming with other women need wear modest swimming clothing or can she wear what she desires?
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Do women bentch gomel less often?

Often in my shul a man who traveled from Israel or Asia to the US will bentch gomel. I have never once seen a women bentch gomel for anything other than giving birth. I'm not sure if this is just my ...
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Can a single man buy a used mattress from a single woman?

Can a single man buy a used mattress from a single woman? Is there any halachic (e.g. concerning modesty, I know that there are specific prohibitions for single men in halacha) issues that I am not ...
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When davening Nusach Edoth Hamizrach, in Berchot Hashacher, why do girls say ברוך שעשני כרצונו without pronouncing Hashem's name or kingship?

In birchot hashacher the siddur says (edoth hamizrach): האיש מברך בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם. שֶׁלֹּא עָשַׂנִי אִשָּׁה: ‏ האשה מברכת ללא שם ומלכות בָּרוּךְ שֶׁעָשַׂנִי ...
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Do women study Torah in the afterlife?

Chazal are replete with stories about the Yeshiva Shel Maala (heavenly yeshiva) whereby the souls of the righteous deceased study Torah. What do women do in the afterlife? Is there also a similar ...
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Conceptual reason women are exempt from Sukkah

I understand that the reason women are exempt from the mitzvah of sukkah is a halacha l'Moshe miSinai (Sukkah 28a-b). I would to know if any commentaries address the conceptual reason for this ...
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Does using the mikvah for conversion make you tahor for marriage? [duplicate]

Does one become tahor for all purposes by using a mikvah for a single purpose? For example, if a giyores converts in the mikvah, is she then tahor for marriage? I ask because the converts I know have ...
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Can a woman be one of the three for hatares nedarim?

Can a woman be one of the three witnesses/part of the beis din for hatares nedarim (annulment of vows)?
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Is a woman allowed to break her hymen by herself?

Many friends have told me about their personal horror stories and physical pain, when consummating their marriage, that caused them panic attacks. Is it permitted for a woman to break her hymen by ...
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Why do women need to fast?

It seems like fast (with the exception of Tisha B'av and Yom Kippur) is a time bound Mitzva. I exclude Yom Kippur and Tisha B'av because they are all day fasts, so they don't seem to be just time ...
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Mixed dancing events

I know that HaShem hates mixed dancing parties and events, but I , like everybody, do need sources to back this up, so can you guys please provide sources, like maybe in the talmud and shulchan aruch ...
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Proverbs 8:22-31. Woman Wisdom personified or actual being?

In Proverbs 8:22-31, a figure known as "Woman Wisdom" is described as being present when G-d was creating the world. Obviously, "Woman Wisdom" serves as a great personification to teach about the ...