Monday, September 26, 2011

Women and the Shofar


According to the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law), women are allowed to blow the Shofar.


  1. B'H

    You may be surprised but there are many things the Halacha permits a woman to do, but for some reasons these Halachos are not applied at all nowadays, or at least they are no longer mainstream practices, maybe because of the progresive Charedization of the Jewish people.

    For instance, who knows that the Halacha permits a woman to touch a Sefer Torah? On Simchas Torah, when the Rebbe was not yet the Rebbe, he used to go up at the Ezras Nashim of the 770 Shul with his brother-in-law to dance with the Sifrei Torah among the women and entertain them (it is generally forbidden to pass between two women, except if you hold in hand a sacred item as your tzitzis, a Sefer Torah or your beard). When he became the Rebbe, this practice of dancing in the Ezras Nashim with Sifrei Torah was continued by his brother-in-law.

    The Halacha also permits a woman to say Kaddish at a loud voice (from the Ezras Nashim) for a deceaced relative (some say, only if there is no man who mourns the deceaced), and many other things which are rarely practiced, though they are permitted in the Halacha.

  2. B"H

    Years ago, I was in Kibbutz Givat Brenner near Rehovot and every Shabbat, the Ba'al Koreh came over to the Ezrat Nashim with the Torah scroll in his arm. I was the only woman and allowed to touch the Torah.:-)

  3. At simchat Torah, it always a pleasure and delight to be able with our shul's Torahs.