More and more Orthodox women are exploring the boundaries of their participation in communal Jewish prayer. An Israeli couple has put together a Guide for the Halachic Minyan, which not only highlights the halakhaâ€™s perspective on female participation in prayer services, but also offers a detailed account of specific prayers that women may, or may not lead.
The couple says in the guide: â€œAccording to Maimonides, both men and women are obligated in the Mitzvah of prayer. This guideâ€™s goal is to indicate the parts of the prayer service that women may halachically lead. The guide is an outgrowth of deliberations conducted in the various prayer groups that have made it their aim to increase womenâ€™s participation in services, and it is the result of detailed study of the sources relating to holiday and prayer.â€?
The entire guide can be found here.
Pronounced: shuh-BAHT or shah-BAHT, Origin: Hebrew, the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.