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Looking for sources that support needing a mechitzah in shul for activities other than davening

Rav Moshe Feinstein writes that for gatherings that are non-obligatory, such as weddings, he is in doubt as to the need for a mechitzah. He proceeds to bring a number of proofs that there is no ...
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Mechitza for Men and Women

(The question here made a bunch of assumptions, but ... let's give this a go ...) The Gemara says that when men and women were in the Temple together, there was kalut rosh -- best translated as "...
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Was Hakhel performed in separation of men and women?

Rabbi Uri Sherqi says (starting at 36:30) that we don't find any sources mentioning a separation of men and women during הקהל: פלא הוא שהיה במקדש מעמד אחר שבו היו יותר גברים ונשים מאשר בשמחת בית ...
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When is a mechitza required for separation between men and women for prayers?

Let's first review some relevant sources then try and answer your multiple questions. To start with it is clear a mechitza is required in a shul when people pray. R Chaim Navon writes Here the ...
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When is a mechitza required for separation between men and women for prayers?

Rav Shlomo Zalman in הליכות שלמה פרק ח' הערה ד says, that a place that is not designated for Tefilah, does not need a mechitzah [such as on a plane].
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Talmudic Source Mechitzah?

Rav Moshe in Igros Moshe 1/1/39 writes that it is based on the Gemorah Sukka 51b Here that a balcony was made in the Beis HaMikdash in order to separate men and women. I don't have it in front of ...
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Source for "no Yetzer Harah when a Torah Scroll is opened/read"?

I believe the basis for the claim stems from the Bavli (Niddah 13a): רב יהודה ושמואל הוו קיימי אאיגרא דבי כנישתא דשף ויתיב בנהרדעא אמר ליה רב יהודה לשמואל צריך אני להשתין א"ל שיננא אחוז באמתך והשתן ...
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Using Gud Achis on a Lechi

The Lechi needs to reach to within 3 Tefachim of the ground. (Eruvin 14b, ShA OC 363:10)
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Are there any restaurants in the New York area that offer separate men and women seating?

Greens restaurant in Williamsburg has a separate seating area for the men and woman.
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Source for "no Yetzer Harah when a Torah Scroll is opened/read"?

IMHO Rabbi Sherqi's explanation is a סברא (i.e. conjecture). As he states elsewhere in the shi`ur, when one's intellect is focused (or להבדיל while mourning) one's base desires are diminished. I think ...
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Looking for sources that support needing a mechitzah in shul for activities other than davening

This is based on the general principle that the Shul, the בית כנסת, is considered to be G-d’s residence (מעונו). And in this context, in all places where ten or more congregate, separation is relevant,...
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Minimum height of a mechitza

Depending on what you consider acceptable for your situation, this entry quotes, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, a mechitzah need only serve as a halakhic partition, and hence need only ...
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Minimum height of a mechitza

(In your first sentence you write that you are asking about l'hatchilah, but in your last sentence you write "ought to be acceptable" which seems to imply some level of b'diavad. So I will post this ...
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Covering chametz

See SA OC, 440, 2: ואם אינו חייב באחריותו - אינו חייב לבערו, אפילו אם כבוש תחת ידו, כגון שהוא גר תושב ושרוי עמו בחצר. וצריך לעשות לפניו מחיצה גבוה י' טפחים כדי שלא ישכח ויאכלנו. {מגן אברהם. משום ...
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Distance when Davening around the other Gender

Regarding the first part of your question of the nature of a mechitza, Rav Moshe explains the need comes from "separating men from women, so that they should not intermingle and come to frivolous ...
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Are there any halachic authorities which relate to the non-mechitza, pre-1967 prayers which were held at the Kotel?

The Jews of Ottoman Palestine were treated as subhumans under Dhimmitude. They had zero power to implement anything, even a temporary/portable screen. When the British assumed power in December of ...
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Halachot of Shul Mechitzot

For history, see Jonathan Sarna, "The Debate over Mixed Seating in the American Synagogue" in The American Synagogue ed. Jack Wertheimer pg. 380-386 (here) and Marc B. Shapiro, Lieberman and ...
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Halachot of Shul Mechitzot

See Igrot Moshe, Oruch Chayim, helek alef, siman lamud-tes. That is the pivotal tshuvah on the subject and addresses exactly those questions. It is fair to say that that is effectively a primary ...
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