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Yibbum with an incompetent woman

Chalitza requires mental competence to be effective whilst Yibbum does not. Accordingly, a mentally incompetent woman could establish a legal marriage to the brother without consent. Whether that's ...
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Should an unmarried woman light one or two Shabbat candles?

Regarding the custom for women to light Shabbos candles before marriage and even from a young age, there's a Torah source that this has been practiced since (at least, perhaps even earlier than) our ...
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Kol Isha during mixed gender singing

This is a classical question as it applies to singing zemirot (Shabbat songs) together between men and women. There is a famous teshuva from the Sridei Eish on the topic (see here on MY), showing ...
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Egg donation from a mamzer

Let's just go with "Not recommended." Today, most poskim in both Israel and America will shrug on questions of which mother -- egg or host -- is recognized by halacha, and be strict both ...
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Can men have women shave their peyot/beard

Straight Shulchan Aruch, Yorah De'ah 181:6: אשה אינה במצות הקפה וי"א שאף על פי שמותרת להקיף פאת ראשה אסורה להקיף פאת ראש האיש ואפילו הוא קטן: A woman is not included in the mitzvah of rounding, ...
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Is makeup generally tzanua on women

Makeup has always be worn by Jewish women, as an example see the gemara in Moed Katan 9b And a woman may engage in all of her usual cosmetic treatments on the intermediate days of a Festival. The ...
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