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Question No. 322
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question The Eida DATI LEUMI, Modern Orthodox in America, recently began holding BAT MITZVA celebrations similar to that of a boy. Namely, that just as a boy has a "Bar mitzvah Parsha", so too the girl. A TEFILA LENASHIM is arranged and the bat mitzva girl takes out the Torah and reads from it. This is accompanied with BRACHOT before and after the reading, ALIYOT, and Mi Sheberachs. This FESTIVITY is now common in Israel. Are there any issurim involved? If the latter is in the affirmative, is there any room to be MEKIL since the event is not done in the presence of men? Assuming this is a problem, can one attend a SEUDA of such a girl, or is attending giving the GREEN LIGHT to such events? TO avoid family feuds can the seuda be attended in any event? Thanks for your time! Raphy Garson, Har Nof, Jerusalem
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Question No. 153
Category Women in Judaism (Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question I teach some secular teenage girls who have some questions about the role of women in judiasm. I would be very grateful for some direction 1. Why can't women be rabbis,participate in shul etc. 2. Why do women need extra tznius? 3. Women seem second class in frum society? 4. Why are women exempt from time related mitzvos. Thank you anonymous, Montreal
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