Women can chant Megillah, top rabbi says

By Simon Rocker
March 2, 2009

The world's most authoratitive Sephardi rabbi says that a woman can chant the Megillah on Purim for men if there is no man capable of reading it, according to Ha'aretz.
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, in Israel, said the prohibition against men listening to a woman singing would not apply because chanting a sacred text was different.




Tue, 03/03/2009 - 11:39

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This will lead to mixed dancing. Just you wait and see.


Mon, 03/09/2009 - 11:38

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There's nothing that new. Women have always been allowed to lain for women. Rav Yosef merely said that if there are no men who can lain a woman can read the Megillah. According to a note added by one of Rav Yosef's followers, the Rav said the woman should read the megillah but NOT chant it because of the problem of listening to a woman sing. I would think that applies double at a time of being 'merry' like Purim.


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