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Rabbinic approbation

12 January, 2005

Question:

The idea of a yoetzet halachah seems to be a very good idea. From the end of the hakdamah of the Prishah to Yore Deah where he extols his mother's virtues, it seems that she was also a yoetzet halachah for women regarding niddah and other areas of halachah. Do you have support for your program from mainstream Charedi Rabbonim or the Gedolim?


Answer:

We have the support of rabbanim roshi'im past and present, including some who are gedolei Torah by any standard, and of the overwhelming majority of chareidi-leumi and dati-leumi rabbis. Chareidi rabbis are precluded from public support because of their traditional opposition to women studying Talmud, and certainly to rigorous study with Tur and Beit Yosef, rishonim and achronim.  However, a number of chareidi poskim have privately told us that, while they would not have supported training yoatzot halacha in advance, since we have done so it is a great mitzvah for the yoatzot to counsel women who turn to them, including chareidi women.


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