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"Parshas Zachor and Women" - Comments

1 elisha on 2009 03 05

Rabbi Haber,
I believe in this post you have ignored the nature of Halacha.  Halacha must adapt, it must flow with the change of time.  This was the position of the great Gadol the Sridei Eish, R. Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg.  Specifically in regard to women’s issues the Sridei Eish looked to include women in Jewish practices, as evidenced in his famous Teshuvos on Kol Isha and Bat Mitzvas.  We too must follow in his footsteps and attempt to include women as much as possible.  We must adopt R. Nosson Adlers’s position as the final Halacha.

2 Ayelet on 2009 03 05

Thank you for this article, it was enlightening. I truly enjoy the topics discussed on this site.
As a woman, I would have to ask: why do we seem to discourage women from Mitzvos which they have accepted upon themselves to observe? A problem which arose in Europe was the apathy shown by the women towards the Halacha. I see today a similar stance forming.
I refer you to the memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln who lived in Hamburg in the 17th century. She writes that a servant had to fetch her from the synagogue where she was praying. She added to her obligations toward G-d and did not attempt to reduce them.

3 islander on 2009 03 05

i find it puzzling that you should write that rav moshe was against making a kriyah for women because in the yeshivas community we do

4 shalom on 2009 03 05

elisha i will call myself shalom for your sake but you are definitly an apikores of some form and do not compare yourself to our gedolim this is a further attempt on your part to degrade them any shita they said while others felt it was kfirah they felt it was grounded in tradition you on the other hand are saying that halacha changes i belive that is the shita of other groups that distort our religion

5 MTJER on 2009 03 06

Islander
Is it possible that in the yeshivas community they use a private Sefer Torah? There would be less reason to object to the Minhag in such a case.

6 Eliezer Eisenberg on 2015 02 27

Excellent.  Most shuls in the communities I’ve lived in do have an additional keriah for women, though- one assumes they do this al pi horoas chacham.  In any case, it’s important that it be done with full awareness of the issue.

7 Sara L Stark on 2016 03 19

A significance of the Amalek issue is Zachor, the remembrance of what Amalek does.  When we focus on whether or not a woman is required to hear Zachor we are “not seeing the forest for the trees”. We loose focus.  Sufek, the Rabbinic word for doubt, and Amalek have the same gematria.  The work of Amalek is to create confusion and doubt, a gap in human consciousness.  The work of the Jew is remember and to close that gap and live to manifest the fact that G-d is in the world.

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