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Kiddushin 34: The Path to Women’s Exemptions

How do we know that women are exempt from positive time-bound commandments? It’s learned from tefillin, which is linked to learning Torah. Or tefillin could be linked to mezuzah – but that would make women obligated in tefillin! Also, delving into the mitzvah of Re’iyah, which is specifically for males – implying that women are obligated in other positive time-bound commandments. But maybe that’s just Hakhel? Note that there’s no middle ground between a women under her father’s auspices or her husband’s. But the original examples do seem to provide the source in the most simple (albeit complicated) manner.

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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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