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Unread 01-09-2012, 12:03 PM   #4
Kookoo Kabalist
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A couple of reasons off the bat...

Most obviously there's the kol isha problem. Then there's the general problem of a women getting up in front of men, which there are poskim which would rule against this, even if it were merely a speech she was giving (there's a letter in Igros Moshe about this). Then there's the nidah issue... A nidda isn't supposed to come in contact with a sefer Torah and in many congregations they practice this all across the board; meaning that, women won't touch/kiss the Sefer torah. Above that, the chavos yoir ruled that women should not conduct public prayer - such as saying kadish for a deceased parent and similar (as mentioned above) - not to create "new ideas" within yiddishkeit.

In practicing tznius in a mixed setting, it's best that women aren't at the center of attention altogether.
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