Sefer Torah & Megillah
7 March, 2006
We learned that women who are bleeding (married and unmarried) are not allowed to look at a sefer torah (for example, during hagba). I believe that this was the opinion of the Magen Avraham. Do we paskin this way?
Can women touch the sefer torah? What about a megillah? Can a woman who is a niddah read from the Megillah?
Whether a woman in niddah may look at or touch a Sefer Torah is a matter of custom. There is room to permit both stringent and lenient practices. A woman who is in niddah is permitted to read the Megillah.
For a more extensive discussion of this topic, please see this article on the Deracheha site.
Kol hakavod on your halachah study! Have a happy Purim!
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