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Women and the egel

The Leviim were rewarded for not participating in the egel (golden calf) by replacing the buchorim (firstborn) as the workers in the mishkan. But the women also did not participate in the calf. What ...
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Answering Amen to Shelo Asani Isha

(I realize there are some similar questions, but I believe not dupes...) Asking for a friend: If a woman is present while a man is saying Shelo Asani Isha, is there any reason she should not answer ...
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Why don't we thank God for making us men/women?

In the brachos we say every morning, men thank God for "not making them a woman" (and women thank God for "creating them according to their needs"). Why don't both men and women just thank God for ...
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Why is wearing a sheitel not marit ayin?

I would assume that the concept of marit ayin applies to married women's hair covering (outside the home) as much as to any other mitzvah. So why do our poskim allow* her to wear a sheitel--which, in ...
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Are women allowed to write a commentary on a book of Tanakh in orthodox Judaism?

Miryam was a prophetess, and Deborah was a judge. Are women allowed to teach men or to write a commentary on a book of Tanakh according to halakhah?
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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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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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Source for tznius? [closed]

I am looking for information into the history of tznius in Jewish communities around the world. The main thing I'm interested is the differences in standards of modesty between different Jewish ...
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Did Yaakov bless his daughter Dina?

In parshat Vayechi Yaakov blesses (almost) all his children. There is no mention of him giving a blessing to his daughter Dina. I would like to know if there is any recording of a blessing from Yaakov ...
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Talmud passage relevant to #metoo

At the Seder table, my sister told me about a passage in the Talmud advocating that women go to the toilet together, lest they be raped. I was wondering if anyone had the exact location?
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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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Why sell chametz to a woman?

I see that someone claims that, when it comes to selling one's chametz to a non-Jew before Pesach, יש מחלוקות ודעות שונות איזה קנינים לעשות, ואם למכור לגוי או דוקא לגויה — in my own, loose ...
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Is it permissible for a single woman to have a baby through artificial insemination by an anonymous sperm donor? Is it moral?

Single women, approaching or past 40, hear their biological clock alarm ringing with tremendous volume. One that I know has decided that her love life is not going to come around soon enough for her ...
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Why don't brides (always) cover their hair for their weddings?

Why don't brides (always) cover their hair for their weddings? I understand that in some ultra-religious groups they do, but there seem to be many groups within Orthodoxy where they do not cover their ...
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Hormonal manipulation: Taharas hamishpacha vs. the woman's health

I know* it is quite common among observant Jewish couples to use hormonal methods to prolong, shorten, and/or reschedule the woman's cycle to make taharas hamichpacha timing align better with ...
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Women attending Parshas Parah

According to those opinions that say that Parshas Parah is a Torah obligation, do women have an obligation to attend, or would they be exempt for other reasons?
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Menstrual cups and kashrus

I'm in the process of kashring my kitchen. I almost only eat parve so it's pretty easy, and the kitchen is formally all milchik. However, I can't find any good instructions on how to handle a ...
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Pirkei drabbi Eliezer questions [closed]

Pirkay D'rabbi Eliyeser 14.5 Hashem gave the woman nine curses and death: The afflictions of child birth The afflictions of blood of virginity The affliction of pregnancy The affliction of bringing ...
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Is a woman believed to say she had an affair

if a married woman claims to have committed adultery, but there is no other corroborating evidence (witnesses) is she believed by beit din such that the husband is now forbidden to sleep with her?
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Kiddush Levana and Women

If a women would like to say the prayer of Kiddush Levana is she allowed to say it with a brocha? (not together with men)
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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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The practice of (not) printing pictures of women in magazines and newspapers under religious auspices

I was reading a My Encounter the other week (not available online) which had an interview with the editor of The Moshiach Times. In it he described how the practice of other religious magazines at the ...
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Mekor that bnei t'murah doesn't apply to women- berachot 20a?

I'm trying to recall a source that the issue of bnei t'murah (having thoughts of another while having relations with one's wife) does not apply to women. I saw the related posts but I seem to think I ...
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Do men have more Chochma than women?

I've seen many blogs and other modern day books write that men have more Chochmah than women. Some examples: A man’s forte is chochma, and a woman’s is binah. Kabbalah teaches that men have more ...
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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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Teffilin and women

Rashi's daughters are popularly described as having worn Teffilin, but apparently there is no such source, just a popular urban legend in Jewish circles. Are there any women described in Rabbinic ...
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Women Making Kiddush

Let's say a husband and wife are alone on Friday night or on Shabbos day. Can the wife make kiddush for herself and her husband?
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Can you see your wife unclothed?

I think someone in another question here (or on another site?) said he was told by his "chassan teacher" not to look at his wife unclothed. It seems like this is not the real halacha to me, or at ...
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Ululating in Jewish culture

In ancient times, Jews living in Israel ululated if I am not mistaken. Is this practiced by Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews today? Which other Jewish communities ululate? Ethiopians, Mizrahis, etc? Are ...
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Can someone have a soul of the opposite gender?

Inspired by this question: Prayer for changing name for transgender reasons? While the subject of transgender individuals has been discussed, I was wondering if it is possible, from a hashkafic sense,...
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First time things other then gold was used as jewelry for woman,

In the Bible I know of gold jewelry for woman But what are the first precious stones, semiprecious stones, or diamonds used as jewelry for woman (I know stones were used for the kohen gadol) I am ...
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Women vs. Servants

In. birkas hashachar, men say שלא עשני עבד and שלא עשני אשה. Which halachos are different for an עבד and an אשה. I was thinking laws of taharas hamishpacha and candlelighting. Are there others?
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Is “Zatzal” applied to women? If not, why not? [duplicate]

I have never seen the term Zatzal, which stands for zecher tzadik l'bracha, and is often applied as a sign of respect to deceased righteous men, applied to a deceased righteous woman. I would like to ...
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Convert in Ketubah

In a ketubah, there are 3 different categories for the woman's status. Virgin, Convert, and woman. Usually one of those statuses is represented on the ketubah, with the appropriate amount in zuzim. ...
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Is Shacharit before dawn okay? [duplicate]

If a person is tight on time, is it okay to pray the amidah before dawn if you're a girl?
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Bootstrapping problem: havdalah ends shabbat (for one who didn't daven ma'ariv) but lighting the candle is melacha?

This answer (originally elsewhere, later merged here) to a question about melacha before havdalah notes that in that situation one should say "baruch hamavdil bein kodesh l'chol" first. Does that ...
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Can a wife demand a divorce from an abusive husband

I was reading http://m.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/560111/jewish/The-Wifes-Grounds-for-Divorce.htm And I saw The husband who hits his wife, curses her, ridicules her, insults her, or ...
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Why is a Torah written by a woman not considered a kosher Torah?

My question is based on an earlier question in this community: Would a woman be permitted to write a sefer Torah? Quoting one of the answers: This scroll wouldn't fulfill the biblical commandments ...
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Who was Cain's wife?

I saw this problem on reddit today and I think that we cursorily covered this in Tanach class. Who was Cain's wife? In בראשית ד' י"ז it says " וַיֵּדַע קַיִן אֶת-אִשְׁתּוֹ" but it never says who she ...
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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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What do the sources say about when women can reveal they're pregnant

I've heard that women are meant to wait until after the first trimester to reveal that they are pregnant. (One rabbi I heard say they should wait even beyond, if possible.) The idea being to avoid ...
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Can a garment be assur for men and women because it is both beged ish and beged isha?

I've been wondering about garments like the frilly pink/purple yarmulkas and talleisim used in liberal Judaism. Since yarmulkas and talleisim are probably normally beged ish, and pink/purple frilly ...
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Have women accepted Zachor on themselves?

Women are exempt from hearing shofar, but some hold they've accepted it upon themselves and are, for that reason, now required to hear it. There is a dispute whether women are required to read/hear ...
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Do women need to do the first-born fast for a minor son?

Rema in Shulchan Aruch, 470:2 says that a father should fast for his first born (or attend a siyum) on Erev Pesach, if the son is too young to fast, himself. He also states, that if the father, ...
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Would a woman be permitted to write a sefer Torah?

Would a woman be permitted to write a sefer Torah? I understand that it is not done (at least in Orthodox circles), but would doing so violate any halacha? What about the general catch-all of kevod ...
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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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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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What is the original halachic source for a woman covering her collarbones out of modesty (tznius)?

Many contemporary instructions on women's modesty (tznius) say that necklines have to be high enough to cover the collarbones. I can certainly accept that if this is the communal standard, it should ...
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How much skin is a woman halachically allowed to show from the neck downward?

Is there a requirement to how much skin a woman can show - when going out in public - from where the neck ends to where the torso begins going downward at the top of her shirt? The question is ...

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