Hoffman's statement re kaddish and Orthodox factions - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yitzchak
    • 05.04.13 | 00:14 (IDT)

    Hoffman's statement that "women’s right to say Kaddish is respected and accepted by the entire Jewish world, including Orthodox factions," is misleading in two respects: 1) only some "Orthodox factions" permit the practice; others discourage it; 2) I am not aware of any Orthodox faction that permits the recitation of kaddish by a women OR A MAN, in the absence of a minyan. The greater concern is not women saying kaddish; it's women saying kaddish without a minyan (10 male Jews) as part of the congregation. Same concern applies to other devarim shebekedusha such as barchu, repetition of the Amidah, and kedusha. Hoffman's statement, by revealing a lack of concern with basic halachic categories, suggest part of the reason why many traditional Jews are uncomfortable with what she is doing.

    from the article: Western Wall rabbi says women will not be arrested for praying Kaddish at Kotel
    First published 19:19 04.04.13 | Last updated 19:19 04.04.13
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