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Rav Ovadiah Opens the Door a Little Bit for Women

Rav Ovadiah Yosef has paskened that if a man dies and doesn’t leave behind any sons, a daughter may say kaddish if there is a minyan that gathers in her home to study Torah or after psalms are read somewhere else. He explicitly forbids a woman to say kaddish in the synagogue. A little opening at best for some in the Orthodox world. (hat tip)

3 Responses to “Rav Ovadiah Opens the Door a Little Bit for Women”

  1. 1
    jdub:

    In my orthodox shul, women say kaddish all the time. Rav Ovadiah is a little late to the party.

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    Yoine Cohen:

    I saw in a publication that the Rebbe of Des http://www.hebrewbooks.org/1029 instructed his daughter to recite kadish after him in the ezras nashim. I don’t think that this psak is so far out at all.

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    Yerachmiel Lopin:

    The psak is normative halachah. These days it is big news in the chareidi world when halachah is followed when it violates their social norms of hyper sex segregation. If we actually found a historically validated painting of rashi and his daughter with her wearing tefilin, none of them would allow the portrait to be published.

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