NY Times Gets it Wrong on Women and Jewish Prayer
A recent article in the NYT on prayer at the Kotel included the followed statement.
Jewish law requires only men to pray daily, though many women have taken on the obligation voluntarily.
This statement is simply incorrect. While there are disagreements about the extant and frequency of a woman’s obligation to pray, almost every Jewish legal authority says that women are obligated to pray daily. A good summary of the sources can be found in this article by Judith Hauptman. Hauptman also addresses the issue of counting women in a minyan, which is a related issue, and there was some interesting discussion in a subsequent issue of Judaism 42:4, Fall, 1993, in reaction to her article.
For a more in-depth discussion of the question of women and prayer that includes many of the primary sources, see this article by Ethan Tucker and Micha’el Rosenberg. If you want to just see a source sheet, it can be found here. Also see these two discussions in Hebrew. The classic article from an Orthodox perspective on women in a minyan can be found here. I think that the distinction found there between the obligation of public and private prayer is very weak.