May 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

There is an ancient tradition of women wrapping in tallit and donning tefillin, for they desire to fulfill the mitzva even if they are not obligated to - they want to do so out of closeness to Hashem. This is well known to us from the sources. Beginning in ancient times, through the Middle Ages and up to the New Age... 
Also the haredim know very well that there is no prohibition involved, but the act seems to them to be provocative, and specifically because of that one must tread carefully between the action and the protest..

  -- Rav Benny Lau

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6 comments:

  1. What is Rabbi Lau trying to do. He knows that virtually all modern day poskim the Rema, the Aruch Hashulchan etc., etc., etc. say that women should not put on tefillin and that people should be moche if they want to. Don't get caught up on the precise use of the word issur.

    The handful of exceptions that he refers to were exactly that, exceptions by highly righteous women. Not women run to the secular courts and parade in front of cameras with their tefillin sitting on their noses.

    This is what the halacha tells us to be moche

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  2. The act seems provocative not only to Haredim. I have to put on tefillin almost each day of year and daven three times a day. Are these people promoting that women push for equality in that as well? Most women would certainly not accept that.

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  3. There's also an ancient custom that unmarried women could go to the mikva, and another that it's OK to have a concubine.

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  4. In this video HaRav David Bar-Hayim adds something important regarding the issue:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA9gUuBrx7U

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  5. when and where did Rav Benny Lau say this?

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  6. in a radio interview

    http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kikarhashabat.co.il%2F%25D7%2591%25D7%25A0%25D7%2599-%25D7%259C%25D7%2590%25D7%2595-%25D7%25A0%25D7%25A9%25D7%2595%25D7%25AA-%25D7%2594%25D7%259B%25D7%2595%25D7%25AA%25D7%259C-%25D7%259E%25D7%25A1%25D7%2595%25D7%25A8%25D7%25AA-%25D7%25A2%25D7%25AA%25D7%2599%25D7%25A7%25D7%2594.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFa7mEFgVc6arlbVyEkwGZ2k4dSCg

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