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Unread 01-04-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Question Women and Public Prayer - ?

Women and Public Prayer:

Reading from the Torah,
Kiddush,
Davening for the Amud,
Dancing with the Torah?

I would like some explanations on these, based on the laws for women.
Thank you.
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Unread 01-04-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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What specifically are you asking? The whole public prayer idea, which as you address; reading from the Torah, making kiddush, davening for the amud, and dancing with the Torah, doesn't apply to women. That includes saying kaddish for a deceased parent.
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Unread 01-08-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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The question is basically like, why do girls not go up to the Torah to read? and the other examples mentioned...
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Unread 01-09-2012, 12:03 PM   #4
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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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Unread 01-10-2012, 12:35 PM   #5
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Thanks so much for your answer. Is it possible to relate me the source or wherever you found the answer?
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Unread 01-12-2012, 07:18 PM   #6
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More answers would be greatly appreciated!
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Unread 01-13-2012, 02:20 PM   #7
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here are two articles on the topic

http://www.chabad.org/theJewishWoman/article_cdo/aid/97367/jewish/Women-in-the-Synagogue.htm

http://www.chabad.org/library/articl...-Synagogue.htm
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Unread 02-02-2012, 02:04 PM   #8
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Thanks for the answers so far!
Does anybody else have any input? I would like to know more practical answers.... thanks..
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