Women can chant Megillah, top rabbi says


By Simon Rocker
March 2, 2009
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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.

 

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joemillis

Tue, 03/03/2009 - 11:39

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


Joe

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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