Some Womanly Halachot
Marriage of older sisters before their younger siblings, head covering, women singing, and women reciting zimmun before birkat ha-mazon are issues that primarily interest women. We will survey the rabbinic sources dealing with the obligation behind these issues. The underlying principles will be of interest to men as well. Their participation is welcome. The Hebrew sources will be translated and analyzed in class.
Some Womanly Halachot: Lesson 1
The Order of Marriage 1 Our first topic deals with the order of marriage of sisters. Must a younger sister delay her own marriage until her older sister is married? The concepts underlying this issue revolve around the definition of honor and respect. It is these underlying concepts which will occupy our attention. Since this material is of interest to men as well, they too are invited to participate. A link with Hebrew sources has been provided for all participants. In class we will translate and analyze all these sources.
Some Womanly Halachot: Lesson 2
The Order of Marriage 2: In our previous shiur we saw the lenient opinions, permitting a younger sister to marry before her older sister. Today we will see the sources of the strict opinion and continue our analysis of the underlying concepts of respect and dignity which govern this and so many other issues.
Some Womanly Halachot: Lesson 3
Covering the Head Halachot governing the covering of the head. How much is minhag? How much is halachically required? We will examine the principle rabbinic sources dealing with women’s head covering. A link with source materials is provided. In class we will translate and analyze these sources.
Some Womanly Halachot: Lesson 4
Covering the Head II n our previous shiur we looked at the lenient (minority) opinion, according to which women’s head covering is a matter of minhag which changes from time to time and from place to place. Today we will examine the strict (majority) view, according which halacha defines exactly how much head covering is required.
Some Womanly Halachot: Lesson 7
Women Singing: Our next topic deals with the singing voice of women. According to the Talmud, it is immodest for men to listen to women singing. Is there room for leniency in certain cases? We will examine the opinion of R. Y.M Weinberg, leading to conclusions of great importance in this area. Use the link to download the Hebrew text. In class we will translate and explain this this teshuva.
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertﾠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.