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myjewishlearning.com has an article titled "Women’s Tefillah Movement" which paints a comprehensive picture re: the origin of "Women's Minyan" The first women’s tefillah group began in the late 1960s on the holiday of Simhat Torah at Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan. By the late 1970s, a number of groups began to meet monthly. Some of these ...


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That's a dispute between Tane Kamah and R' Yehuda regarding the prohibition of castrating in Tosefta Makos 4 4: המסרס את האדם ואת הבהמה ואת החיה ואת העוף, בין גדולים בין קטנים, בין זכרים ובין נקבות – הרי זה חייב (מלקות). רבי יהודה אומר: מסרס את הזכרים – חייב, ואת הנקבות – פטור (מהתורה, אבל אסור מדרבנן). (Tane Kame says removing woman's ...


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Although at first glance, the act of standing by a wife when her husband is called up for an aliyah to the Torah appears to be similar to that of a child or student standing before their parent or teacher out of respect, it is actually coming from a completely different place. And to clarify, this has nothing to do with the subject of mutual respect which ...


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Being [called] a Rabbi can mean: Someone respectful in the Jewish community and be elected to run the community: a female Rebbetzin can be very respectful and can be elected to run the community based on Hilchos Shutfim (partnership). Being knowledgeable in Judaic sources and give answers: women can be very knowledgable (so can Google). Passing exams for ...


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You could start with the Rambam (Hil. Melachim 1:5) which is based on a Mishna: אֵין מַעֲמִידִין אִשָּׁה בְּמַלְכוּת שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים יז טו) "עָלֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ" וְלֹא מַלְכָּה. וְכֵן כָּל מְשִׂימוֹת שֶׁבְּיִשְׂרָאֵל אֵין מְמַנִּים בָּהֶם אֶלָּא אִישׁ:‏ A woman may not be appointed queen, as it says, “upon yourselves a king” (Deut. 17:15) - a “king”...


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As alluded to in the comments, when it comes to matters of tzniut there are often varying community standards. That said, there is an interesting source that seems to be discussing high heels (or at least an ancient version of high heels). In Isaiah 3:16 the prophet states: Moreover the LORD said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with ...


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Here is a link to several nice leather editions of the Siddur Korban Mincha, in Nusach Sefard. They have the complete Hebrew text of the tefillos, plus a Yiddish peirush (translation). The custom is a chosson gives his kallah a Siddur Korban Mincha as a wedding gift. Much like a "Chosson Shas", it is usually elaborate and expensive, with a leather cover. (...


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Yachin there: אשה לאו בת מלחמה. רק לספק מזון ולתקן הדרכים אף היא יוצאת. ‏ A woman is not able to combat, she did only provide food and repair roads.


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In his commentary to Rambam's codification of this law (Hilchot Melachim 7:5), R. David Ibn Zimra asks: ברייתא כלשון רבינו אלא דקשה וכי דרך הנשים לעשות מלחמה דקתני וכלה מחופתה והא כתיב כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה וי"ל דה"ק כיון דחתן יוצא מחדרו כלה יוצאה מחופתה שאינה נוהגת ימי חופה ואפשר דבמלחמת מצוה הנשים היו מספקות מים ומזון לבעליהן וכן המנהג היום בערביות Is ...


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The Tosfos Yom Tov explains that the very fact that woman wouldn't go out at night on their own out of fear, led them to form groups in order to provide safety in numbers, where they would be able to spin flax at night at times of the month when the moon was bright enough to use it's light. Inevitably once together, any rumors about local bad behavior would ...


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