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Women wearing men's "women's shirts"

Some chassidic shirts are basically identical to women's dress shirts, save for the bust shape, i.e. they button right-over-left. Would a female wearing the former be transgressing the prohibition on ...
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Sources that allow "important women" to be taught/learn Torah?

The Shulchan Aruch (YD 246) codifies the law that women should not be taught the Oral Law. It seems it is also not the best thing to teach even the Written Law, but that if you do, it's not the same ...
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Criteria for the list of Nashim Kesheiros (Medrash Breishis Rabsi)

The Medrash Breishis Rabsi Parshas Chaya Sara 23:1 lists 22* Nashim Kesheiros. כ"ב נשים כשרות היו בעולם ואלו הן שרה, רבקה, רחל, לאה, סרח בת אשר, יוכבד, מרים, בתיה בת פרעה, דבורה, צללפונית אשת מנוח, ...
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Writing the woman's name in a kasubah or get: Plonis *ben* Ploni

Instead of writing the name of the kallah (bride) Rivka bat Chaim (for example) it was written Rivka ben Chaim. In such a case what's the halacha? By a kasubah is it valid? Does it have to be written ...
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Can members of Hatzolah learn how to deliver a baby?

This seems like a very simple thing. Is there anything wrong with male members of Hatzolah (a frum Jewish emergency medical organization) learning how to deliver a baby? I recently heard that Rabbonim ...
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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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Why a married woman is exempt from honoring her parents?

Although the wife should listen to the husband and make her best to please him, it is not a Mitzvah at all, and there are no DeOraytah obligations on the wife toward her husband (Rambam Ishut 22-24). ...
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Pants under skirts

Which authorities permit women wearing "womens' pants", as long as it is covered by a skirt, in lieu of tights in non-athletic situations, for example as a more comfortable, warmer, or even more ...
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Photo restoration and Halacha

According to Halacha Is it permissible to post a tzniut picture of a women on a restoration page for people to colourise the picture? Does it depend on if the woman consents, doesn’t consent, or is ...
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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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Holding the bride's hand when giving her the ring

In art I see that it was done example From hukai noshim CH 45 I see that it is required (at least lehat'hila) My summery of this subject in that chapter He brings it twice once regarding when ...
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Don't Israeli women fast?

More than one Israeli has told me that women in Israel don't fast. More specifically, that a large percentage of otherwise observant (healthy, non-pregnant, non-nursing) Jewish women in Israel do not ...
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Do you have to listen to the mikveh lady?

From what I understand when a woman goes to the mikvah there is another woman who watches her immerse (dubbed 'mikveh lady'). Apparently this is for practical reasons to make sure everything is done ...
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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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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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Are ankle socks non-tziniut?

Is it permissible for a woman to wear ankle socks? The issue that comes to mind is that the area between the bottom of the skirt and the top of the socks is visible and quite substantial. But if you ...
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What is a Woman's Tallit

I read in a book about Czechoslovakian Jewry that in Southern Germany there was a custom for women to wear a "Woman's Tallit" on Yom Kippur. A reference to it also appears in The Encyclopedia of ...
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Let's play Name that Gadol - women wearing Tallis story

There is a story that I have heard with multiple names being used as the Rabbi in the story. It goes like this: A woman came to [insert name of Torah Sage here] and said that it would enhance her ...
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Communities that celebrate menarche

Are there traditional communities that have rituals celebrating (or otherwise marking the occurrence of) a girl's first menses? If so, what do those rituals look like? (For purposes here, let's ...
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Hair covering in photos

Another question asks whether pictures of erva are erva. My question assumes, for the sake of argument, that they are, and asks: May a married woman show photos of herself with her hair uncovered that ...
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Saying Divrei Torah by a Seudah -- also for Women?

There is a mitzvah of saying Divrei Torah at a Seudah (meal). The rule says that any table that didn't have Divrei Torah said on it is as if someone ate from "Zivchei Masim" ("sacrifices to the dead")....
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Can a woman daven in a nightgown?

Can a woman daven in a nightgown that she sleeps in and wears all day unless leaving the house? Or is this not allowed since by man it's not considered respectful to daven before Hashem in pajamas he ...
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If a woman proclaims "I am a male", will she become obligated to observe all mitzvos which men are obligated, because of שוייה לנפשה חתיכה דאיסורא?

If a woman proclaims "I am a male, (and I underwent gender-change surgery)", will she become obligated to observe all mitzvos which men are obligated, because of שוייה לנפשה חתיכה דאיסורא - She ...
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Who gets more rewarded for the Mitzvah of procreation?

The man is obligated in the mitzvah of Pru Urivu (Having children 1 male 1 female) while the woman is not (technically it's a machlokes in the gemara, but we hold of the one that they're not chayav). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How were women rewarded for not worshiping the Golden Calf?

The Leviim were rewarded for not participating in the Egel (golden calf) by replacing the Bechorim (firstborn) as the workers in the Mishkan. But the women also did not participate in the calf. What ...
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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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Should a married woman cover her hair in the succah?

For women who do not cover their hair while in their own homes, should they cover it while in their own succah? (I.e. does the succah classify as the home for this purpose?) Would it make a ...
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May a woman study Kabbalah?

Is is permissible according to Jewish law, tradition or custom for a woman to study the Kabbalah (given that she meets all other qualifications and requirements or those also imposed on men)?
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Which communities do not allow women to smoke?

Which communities do not allow women to smoke? Satmar? If yes, is it an official or implicit rule ?
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Which community does not allow women to wear make up?

I know the neturei karta don't allow women to wear make up. What about other communities? Does Satmar? Does Toldos Aharon?
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Looking at clothing of a woman

It says in Shulchan Aruch Evan HaEzer Siman 21 Sif 1 that it's ossur to look at the colored clothing of a woman that you know even if she is not wearing them, lest one come to "hirhurim" (to think ...
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Is it wrong not to wear a bra?

Is it a problem (for reasons related to tznius or any other Jewish concern) if a woman does not wear a bra? Is it still a problem if it is not obvious that the woman is not wearing a bra? Women may ...
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When does "The House of Somebody" mean "The Women"?

When God gives the Torah to the Jews, He uses the following preamble (Ex 19:3): וּמֹשֶׁה עָלָה, אֶל-הָאֱלֹקים; וַיִּקְרָא אֵלָיו ה', מִן-הָהָר לֵאמֹר, כֹּה תֹאמַר לְבֵית יַעֲקֹב, וְתַגֵּיד לִבְנֵי ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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