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Question No. 1382
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 22 Jul 2007
The Question In one of Rav Leff's answers about appropriate sleeping garments for women, Rav Leff mentioned that when a women steps out of bed, she should be properly covered. I have always learnt that halachically there is no inyan of tznius amongst women. For example, during an exercise class, a woman can wear whatever she so chooses, as long as soon as when she exits the room she is tzniusly dressed. Please let me know if this is not so according to most poskim. (I know there is a chumrah according to the kitzur shulchan aruch to be tznius even when alone in a room.) —Anonymous, usa
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Question No. 1375
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 16 Jul 2007
The Question Shalom Rav Leff. I just heard your answer regarding what a Jewish woman should be called if her father is non-Jewish –Sarah bas bas maternal grandfather's name. However this is somewhat conspicuous that her father is non-Jewish. Could she go by Sara bas maternal grandfather's name in order to hide this fact? Thanks —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1374
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 16 Jul 2007
The Question Shalom Rav Leff. My wife's father is non-Jewish. What restrictions of yichud apply re my daughter, who is almost 12, and her grandfather? Thanks. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1353
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 7 Jun 2007
The Question I work long hours and travel frequently. My son aged 8 is a clever boy with lots of cheishek and my wife has started learning Mishnayos with him during the working week - an arrangement which is working really well. Is there any reason why she should not continue learning with him when he graduates on to Gemora. Cheiloch leOraiso. Many thanks. —Anonymous, Anon
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Question No. 1349
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 3 Jun 2007
The Question Kavod HaRav, I once heard that it is a big segula for a pregnant women to wear a ruby to have an easy labor. I was wondering if it is true. or if it has any halachic significance or basis. Thank You for this great gift to klal yisrael you should continue ad maaya v'esrim shana. —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1273
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 23 Jul 2006
The Question Shalom, HaRav, I have listened to the answer given the question regarding shaking a woman's hand. Does the same shita apply regarding in out of town school settings as the Mechanech? —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1266
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 18 Jul 2006
The Question I have a question about hair covering for married women - My husband is constantly admonishing me that some of my hair is sticking out, when I wear a snood. I do not intentionally let this happen, but these are hairs from my neck and I don't think that neck hair needs to be covered. My husband says I should shave them off. Is he correct? What is considered the hair of the head? How far down is it still considered hair that must be covered? I want to cover my hair properly, but, I don't want to shave it off any where. Also from the sides of one's head, what is considered the head and what is considered the face - like right around the ears? —Chana, Lakewood
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Question No. 1243
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 27 May 2006
The Question Rav Somebody sent me an article about women and participation in the synagogue. They used primarily the Halacha of Kevod ha Tsibbur based on the Baraita in Megillah 23a to explain why theoretically women can or cannot be called to the Torah for an Aliyah. The argument seems pretty weak to me justifying the inclusion of women in Aliyot. What is the Halachic reason why women are not allowed to be called to The Torah in front of men and if it is indeed Kevod Ha-Tsibbur why does this remain in effect today? I was not convinced by the flimsy arguments my friend sent me but need to be able to refute him intelligently. Thank you in advance. Daniel Ashkenazy —Daniel Ashkenazy, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1241
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 12 May 2006
The Question Shalom. I am a frum male. At work women will extend a handshake when introduced to me. I try to find a polite way to tell them that as a religious jew I can not shake their hand. To make matters worse, I work with several frum men and some of them will shake a womans hand while I stand there and say I can not. Friends of mine tell me that there are plenty of heterim that allow me to shake hands. Is this correct? Even if there are, I still prefer not to be somech on a heter and can sure use some good practical advise for how to get out of shaking hands. —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1232
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 4 May 2006
The Question Dear Rabbi, Is it permissible for a woman to say kaddish for a close relative? Are there different opinions on this? What if the deceased has no suriving male relatives? I would be very grateful if the Rav would comment on how he thinks this issue should be appropriately addressed in our communities these days. Thank-you and best wishes, —Rich, USA
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Question No. 1173
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 1 Jan 2006
The Question Lichvod HaRav- I was wondering what the Torah's view on the "morning after" pill is. Thank you. —Anonymous, monsey
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Question No. 1150
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 19 Dec 2005
The Question I mentioned to a friend of mine my understanding that the Torah considers abortion to be murder, except when the mother's life is in jeopardy. He responded with the following statements: "You'll find that there are numerous halachic sources which allow for abortions even if the mother's life is not explicitly in danger (although that's the easiest case in which the fetus is deemed to have the status of a rodef). Further, you need go no further than the Torah's text itself which discusses two men fighting and bumping into a pregnant woman, thus causing an ason in which case the situation is treated as one of monetary damage, not manslaughter. So to refer to abortion as murder per se is contrary to Torah law. Cases of incest, rape, and unviable (i.e. hopelessly damaged) fetuses are also relevant to this discussion." Can the Rav please clarify Judaism's outlook on abortions. Thank you. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1145
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 30 Nov 2005
The Question Would very much appreciate if the Rav could please advise on whether it is alright for frum girls to go to the theatre, assuming it is a decent show. I have always heard conflicting opinions whether halachikly and hashkafikly it's ok to go to the theatre as regards chukas hagoi etc.. I love going to the theatre, however I have not been in a long time for this reason as obviously I would like to do the correct thing and therefore am asking the Rav's view on this matter. Thank you very much for all you effort into this amazing website! —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 1038
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 19 Sep 2005
The Question Why does a married woman have to cover her hair? If it's so she doesn't attract men, I think some women look more attractive in wigs. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1018
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 8 Sep 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, May a man sit between two women if one of them is his wife/sister/mother? Thank you —Naomi, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1017
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 8 Sep 2005
The Question Is it permissible for a woman to highlight her hair? (not any crazy color, just to lighten her hair to make it look like natural highlights). I thank the Rav for answering my question. —Anonymous, US
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Question No. 988
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 24 Aug 2005
The Question I just had a baby, I dont feel I am ready emotionally or physically to have another baby, is it permissable for me to take birth control if I don't tell my husband about it and if yes which one is permisable? —Anonymous, Brooklyn NY, USA
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Question No. 979
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 22 Aug 2005
The Question What are the exact Halachot of being Shomer Negia? If I am holding a child can a male pinch the child's cheek, or play with the child? I am sphardi and would appreciate if you could tell me if a sphardi posek paskens differently from ashkenazik posskim. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 963
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 12 Aug 2005
The Question Lichvod HaRav- What's the hashkafa to the long niddah period after birth? —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 958
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 8 Aug 2005
The Question I used to live in an area where the accepted custom was to cover the leg below the knee. I have moved to an area where generally this is not adhered to. What should I follow in terms of covering below my knee? —Anonymous, Long Island, NY
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