Nov 4, 2018

Interesting Psak: women at funerals

Rav Bentzion Mutzafi was asked about women going to cemeteries, if a woman can deliver a hesped, a eulogy, and if a woman can accompany the burial of a body, and should a woman be prevented from visiting a grave (such as on a yahrtzeit or shloshim).

Rav Mutzafi responded that he cries over the walls that have been breached, even by some Haredim, by allowing women to eulogize -  it is dangerous to look a a woman during a funeral.
source: Kikar

I have never heard that last part before - that there is some danger in looking at a woman during a funeral. The article gives no explanation, and I do not know if Rav Mutzafi explained that or not, but I would love to hear more about that.






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5 comments:

  1. The Gemara in Brachos says that one should not look at women returning from burying a corpse, because Satan hangs around in front of them with his sword and has permission to cause damage. For this reason it is customary that women do not attend burials. How this extended to not looking at women during the funeral service is beyond me. It is clear from the Gemara in Moed Katan that women used to be hired to wail and recite dirges at funerals.

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  2. I dont remember that gemara but thanks. it also means it was ok for women to go. what I did remember is that women who are niddot should not go because of tumah of the kever affecting her negatively, and also pregnant women can be adversely affected by the tumah

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  3. Our local chevra kadisha doesn't go for that stuff. Women are allowed to speak at funerals. If the families want.

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  4. I hear that bears can sense their periods.

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  5. It is mentioned in the Zohar in Parshas B'Chukosai, similar to what Leiby wrote.

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