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Question No. 1833
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 Jan 2011
The Question A Jewish woman could not have a child because there was a problem with her eggs. Her husband's sperm was used to fertilize a non-Jewish woman's egg in a fertility clinic. The embryo was implanted in the Jewish wife. So half of the child's DNA is from the husband and half is from the non-Jewish woman, but the Jewish wife carried the baby for nine months and gave birth to it. Is the child Jewish? If not, what kind of conversion procedure is required? Thank you. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1822
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 20 Dec 2010
The Question Lichvod Harav Shlit"a, I dress up according to the laws of tsniut and i feel that i have to act according to that, such as not calling attention to myself, eg. talking out loud. But, sometimes, I think i'm acting very seriously. What should I do if i don't want to call attention to myself and still be a not serious person? —Anonymous, Brazil
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Question No. 1811
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 10 Dec 2010
The Question Is it osur for a girl to masturbate? If so, what is the exact isur? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1809
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 8 Dec 2010
The Question L'kavod Harav, Is there anything wrong with touching my brothers? We are all over the age of bar/bas mitzvah. How about the brother that is married? Also - what type of relationship should a brother-in-law/sister-in-law have? Should one not talk to one's opposite gender brother/sister-in-law? Can you talk casually with them/ play a game, joke around? Is it considered the same as any random opposite gender, if yes how is it possible to keep the same tznius (not talking)? Thank You! —Anonymous, PA
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Question No. 1793
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 28 Oct 2010
The Question 1. Rabbi Avigdor Miller says, in his ten commandments of marriage, that marriage is NOT an equal relationship, that the husband is the captain and she is under him. 2. The Rambam says on the passuk "he will rule over you" that the husband can manipulate his wife like a maid. 3. A wife's obligation to honor her husband overrides honor to her parents and even her own children's obligation to honor her when her husband wants something because he always comes first. Rambam's words that husband should honor wife are interpreted as only regarding with clothing, and there is no actual halacha about honoring a wife. Can the Rav please explain these apparently humiliating halachos? the equal but different explanation doesn't work. —Anonymous, US
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Question No. 1789
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 26 Oct 2010
The Question How long does a man have to wait to remarry after he gives his wife a get? —Benj, Brooklyn
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Question No. 1762
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 Jul 2010
The Question May a woman wear a wig made from her own hair? If not, may she add in some of her own hair to an already existing wig. Thank You. —Eli, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1693
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 24 Sep 2009
The Question I have a question on tsnius. Is a woman allowed to go barefoot or barelegged (with a skirt covering the knees) in her own home when no one else is around, or if just her husband or children are home? I know frum women who do go barelegged, but, my husband said it is completely ossur. —Chana, Lakewood
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Question No. 1666
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 26 Jun 2009
The Question Are women allowed to talk casually with another woman while in a bathroom? Or if one is in a bathroom can one speak with a listener outside the bathroom? Please cite the exact sources for your answer. Thank you. —Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA
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Question No. 1649
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 1 May 2009
The Question What is the significance of 7 + 33 for boys and 14 + 66 for girls, is anything meant by the numbers involved, why is the price for a girl twice that as for a boy? Thank you. —John Angles, Pleasant Hill, CA
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Question No. 1630
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 9 Mar 2009
The Question I have the flu and can't attend shul tonight, what should i do about hearing the megillah? Can i read it somehow myself at home? —Anonymous, Brooklyn New York
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Question No. 1591
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 Jan 2009
The Question Hello Rabbi, my sister was adopted at the young age of three months old, she is now 13. I was wondering if there are any heterim with getting around yichud and shomer negiya? As she became my sister at such a young age, there is no chashosh that anything inapropriate would occur. I believe I heard something from Reb Moshe but it was in regard to a father and adopted daughter. Thank you. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1524
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 1 Sep 2008
The Question I listened to your advice to question number 1241 regarding getting out of shaking hands with someone of the opposite gender. I thought that the advice about respecting women was a very helpful answer for men but it does not transfer to a good answer for a woman to give. Do you have a suggestion for what a woman could say to get out of shaking hands with a man, especially in interview and work settings? Thank you. —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1509
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 5 Jul 2008
The Question I was wondering what the halacha is when it comes to women going swimming in Israel where the lifeguard is usually a male even at the separate beaches or pools. Is this a problem regarding tznius? —Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 1508
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 5 Jul 2008
The Question If a married Jewish woman has an affair with a non-Jewish man, does the husband have to divorce the woman? If so, are they allowed to get married again? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1470
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 10 May 2008
The Question A girl recently asked me if it was OK for her to learn Gemara. I have heard that it is assur. Why is it assur for a girl to be koivea itim? And can the Rav give me a way to respond to this girl? —Anonymous, Miami Beach, Florida
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Question No. 1466
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 May 2008
The Question Can a Jewish woman donate her eggs to a clinic in return for treatment? —Anonymous, Europe
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Question No. 1450
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 13 Apr 2008
The Question Is it frowned upon for a women to wear jewelry? —Anonymous, San Diego , Ca.
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Question No. 1445
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 9 Apr 2008
The Question I am a 19 year old Bais Yaakov girl. Around four years ago I started davening Maariv every night. Recently, I'v been finding it very hard to have the energy to daven at night. I have a prety busy schedule, and sometimes I am very tired at night. I heard that if you do a mitzvah three times, you have to continue doing it, it becomes an obligation. When I started davening Maariv, I said that I would, Bli Neder. Would I be able to just stop davening Maariv, because women are not required to? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1402
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 30 Aug 2007
The Question I have recently heard from a Chassidish friend that it is ossur to wear eye shadow based on a possuk in navi (I think Yeshaya) stating that women wore eye shadow (I think blue and red) and were not tzanua. Most of my classmates (litvish) and community do wear eye makeup but the chassidim here generally don't. Is eye shadow ossur? What about eyeliner and mascara? My friend told me that eyeliner is also ossur because it's not highlighting what you already have like lipstick but rather creating a look on the face that wasn't there before. Additionally she told me that since tznius is a woman's most important mitzva, it is not something we should look to bedieveds for. What is the halacha? Thank you. —Anonymous, Brooklyn
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