Why do women say birchot ha-Torah?


If women are exempt from the mitzva of learning Torah, why do we say birchot ha-Torah?

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Asked on October 8, 2018 4:21 am
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There are a few approaches to resolving the seeming contradiction between women's exemption from the mitzva of talmud Torah and obligation to recite birchot Ha-Torah. (We explore them in more depth in a forthcoming article.)
One approach is to say women in fact have no obligation to recite birchot ha-Torah, and only recite the blessings voluntarily.
A second approach maintains that women recite birchot ha-Torah over the obligation to learn practical halacha.
A third approach relates to a distinction (discussed in Learning Torah I)between a Jew's overall relationship to Torah and the more narrowly defined mitzva of talmud Torah. According to this approach, birchot Ha-Torah are not recited over the mitzva of talmud Torah. They are made over Torah and the relationship to it as a whole, which applies to women.

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Answered on October 8, 2018 4:29 am