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Question No. 948
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 Aug 2005
The Question Is it customary for women to go to the mikveh on motzai Tisha b'Av? If yes, when are preparations done when Tisha b'Av is on Sunday? —Anonymous, Ramat Bet Shemesh
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Question No. 913
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 27 Jul 2005
The Question Can a mother of a large family, now aged in her mid-40's and receiving treatment for chronic depression, assume that she is free of the obligation of having more children? She feels emotionally unable to deal with another pregnancy. —Anonymous, Beit Shemesh, Israel
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Question No. 910
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 24 Jul 2005
The Question Assuming one has a heter to take birth control pills, would she be allowed to alter her period to whenever is convenient for her, or would she have to follow a specific cycle? —Anonymous
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Question No. 905
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 21 Jul 2005
The Question Does a pregnant women need to fast any of the public fast days,and does it make a difference which month shes in?Thank you for this wonderful service. —Anonymous
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Question No. 896
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 17 Jul 2005
The Question Is it permissable (or perhaps a mitzvah)to have sexual relations with one's husband on the Sabbath? —Anonymous, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Question No. 884
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 11 Jul 2005
The Question Is there an inyan to cover one's hair with something other than a shaitel i.e. a snood, so that one does not look attractive to other men? Personally, I was always taught that a shaitel is more secure and less likely to slip and so it is good to wear it outside. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 875
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 8 Jul 2005
The Question What is wrong with a purely platonic relationship between genders? Is it itself OSSUR or just a prevention for arayos? If both sides are stringent about shomer negiyah, but enjoy each other's company, what is ossur about that? Where is that stated? Is it d'rabbanan only or d'oraisa? One always hears that arayos and negiyah are ossur. If talking is an outright issur, why is this topic rarely addressed and why do few of us singles know where such an issur is stated? What if a female is in the friendship for the spiritual growth i.e. divrei torah, kiruv, etc. or to help out the other who is in trouble either physically or spiritually, ie depressed? What if the male serves the girl as a mentor and is obviously very frum and torah'dik? I thank the Rav for his time in addressing these questions. I have been looking for these answers for some time and have not yet received a complete answer. So many frum girls I know have been looking for such answers. I eagerly await the Rav's reply. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 872
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 7 Jul 2005
The Question I want to thank the Rav for taking time to answer my question. Are shoes that reveal a part of the sides of one's foot (the heels and toes are covered with shoe, but a small portion inbetween the heel and toes is exposed) permissible to wear with stockings? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 858
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 3 Jul 2005
The Question What is the role of Jewish women? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 847
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 9 Jun 2005
The Question After a divorce how is the Ketubah to be disposed of? —Maryann, Hollywood, Florida, USA
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Question No. 845
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 9 Jun 2005
The Question Kvod Harav, Can a woman tie tzitzit? I am asking because I wanted to volunteer to retie my shul's 40 now pasul taleisim. According to what I have learned, the reason why a woman is not involved in mitzvat tzitzit is because (according to the Levush on Orach Chaim, Siman yud zayin, si’if bet -I think) of begged ish and you cannot violate one mitzvah in order to do another. By tying tzitzit, one is involved in mitzvat tzitzit but is not actually wearing the begged. Does this mean it is then permissible for a woman? And if it is, is she supposed to say "leshem mitzvat tzitzit" as she threads the strings? Thank you. —Anonymous, Florida
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Question No. 838
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2005
The Question Some schools teach girls gemora. What are specific sources prohibiting/disapproving of this action? Also, to what extent is a girl allowed to learn? I know that some don't allow girls to learn even tanach inside, some don't want girls to continue schooling post high school. Some don't quote gemoras to girls. Please clarify this point. —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 836
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 5 Jun 2005
The Question Is a Jewish girl permitted to get a second piercing in her ear? What about piercings in other parts of the body? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 835
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 5 Jun 2005
The Question May a woman wear "nude stockings" (skin-color stockings) in an area where it is worn by many other women? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 822
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 2 Jun 2005
The Question Be'reshus HaRav: Are there snius guidelines about what a woman should wear to sleep? —Anonymous, Westchester, NY
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Question No. 821
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 2 Jun 2005
The Question Be'reshus HaRav: What is the accepted sheerness/thickness that stockings must be? Is there one accepted generic number of thickness and does this apply in all places? —Anonymous, Westchester, NY
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Question No. 786
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 1 May 2005
The Question Am I allowed to touch my cousin that is a boy and I'm a girl that is not yet bat miztva. (He's my first cousin). And will I still be able to touch him after my bat mitzva? —Hadas, Hashmonaim
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Question No. 784
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 28 Apr 2005
The Question Is there any text that says anything regarding women and reading the hagada at the seder? Are women allowed to read it when men are present? Should women participate? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 769
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 17 Apr 2005
The Question I am a performer. It is my parnassa. I am counting on it for many things, especially a 24 hour nurse for my 82 year old mother. In my show I am dressed very modestly, the material is clean, funny, inspiring and touching and I tap dance. All dances and moves are funny and skilled and non sexual. I also sing, but a comedy type of singing. I feel great about what I am doing and the message I am sending. I feel sniut with in. However, I am aware of Jewish law. I understsand there is a leniancy if one sings from a microphone? My show is not sexual...it is spiritual! What are your suggestions? My husband and I are both Shomer Shabbas, Kashrut, Mikvah, etc. and My husband supports me in performing for a secular crowd. —Anonymous, canada
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Question No. 722
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 10 Mar 2005
The Question Hi Rabbi. As a married woman am I allowed to wear tight pants or sweatpants underneath my long skirt? Our winters here are very cold and stockings don't keep me warm. Also, I live in a community where some woman wear wigs, hats, and most don't cover their hair at all. Am I allowed to wear a teichel (skarf) if it's tied properly with no hair showing? I just don't want to attract attention to myself. I find it more comfortable wearing a skarf, but no one wears them. —Anonymous, Deal, NJ
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