Obligations & Exemptions

Rashi's Daughters – Is it true that Rashi's daughters wore Tefillin? If so, what is the source? Why could those women wear them and other women not? More »
Tefillin - Women – Why have women not traditionally worn tefillin? Can I do so if I desire? More »
Women - Torah Reading – I am curious why women are not called for an aliyah to the Torah on the same basis as men. Are women barred from reading from the Torah? Is the reason rooted in halacha or is it just tradition? More »

Synagogue & Prayer

“Who Did Not Make Me a Woman” – I was born the oldest daughter of a mostly secular Jewish family and became observant in my early adulthood. I love everything about Judaism and my new life. However, to this day I am bothered by the blessing men recite… More »

Modesty

Body Piercing – Everybody in my high school is getting their body parts pierced. I think some of the piercing is attractive – like multiple earrings or the navel. But some of them are gross – studs in the tongue or pierced eyebrows.… More »
Men's and Women's Clothing – I was in a vintage clothing store and saw a great shirt that looked comfortable. I was about to buy it and the salesperson said, "Is this for you? You know, this is a woman's blouse." I was surprised, and… More »
Shaking Hands – Last week I had a business meeting with an Orthodox Jewish woman and she politely declined to shake my hand. What is the reason for this? More »
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Hair Covering

Convert Covering Hair – I converted to Judaism in my late 60’s. I was never married since I’ve become Jewish but many years back I was married to (and divorced from) a Gentile. Am I obligated to cover my hair today? More »
Shaved Heads – Why do orthodox women shave their hair? More »
Why Married Women Cover Their Hair – Why must married women cover their hair? More »

Mikveh

Mikveh - Why? – Why are a man and woman prohibited from marital relations during her menstruation? Does Judaism consider women somehow “unclean”? And if a woman always has to go to mikveh, when is the couple together? More »
Niddah – Monthly Loss of Life – I was learning with a friend, and we were bothered why God created women in such a way that every month her potential to create life is lost. A man may not waste his seed and cause such potential life… More »

Misc. Issues

Abortion - Yes Or No? – I never thought this would happen to me. I'm pregnant. And now I don't know what to do. I realize this is an important decision – not only for my own emotional well-being, but the heavy moral implications as well.… More »
Body Piercing – Everybody in my high school is getting their body parts pierced. I think some of the piercing is attractive – like multiple earrings or the navel. But some of them are gross – studs in the tongue or pierced eyebrows.… More »
Divorcee – Husband’s Customs – I am divorced now. Do I still have to follow the customs of my ex-husband – such as not eating out on Passover? More »
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